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Old 04-23-2012, 09:56 PM   #16
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Do you have these hooked up to any kind of surge protector, or just straight into the wall/timer?

i'm straight into the wall, no surge protector, nothing. never has been plugged through anything else
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:58 AM   #17
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Mine were all plugged into a timer, then a surge protector.
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:07 AM   #18
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When I hear of repeated fluorescent fixture failures (and I've heard of several) or repeated computer power issues, I suspect the circuit.
Do you happen to live in an old house that may not have proper grounding or proper wiring at every outlet? Or a fuse box with less than a dozen fuses?
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:43 AM   #19
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I'm in a newer house. No trouble in the rest of the place or with items on that same circuit.
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:48 AM   #20
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my complex was built in 2004
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:52 AM   #21
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Same fixture, same problem. Even got replacement fixtures from Coralife and they are doing the same thing.
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:48 PM   #22
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so I went to a new lfs (new to me but super old in town) and i bought a new 6700k, the price sticker was dated 09, and the buld has no date on it...I wonder how this will work out lol. today is day two with that bulb on the fixture, so far so good.

i also emailed corallife about this. i may end up calling tomorrow, i get pretty impatient.
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:50 PM   #23
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I'm pretty sure Coralife addressed the 30" fixture issue last year, after several dozen folks experienced similar issues.

Which is why I suggested Coralife/Central customer service be contacted. It's possible everyone is getting old units instead of those that have the kinks worked out.
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I'm pretty sure Coralife addressed the 30" fixture issue last year, after several dozen folks experienced similar issues.

Which is why I suggested Coralife/Central customer service be contacted. It's possible everyone is getting old units instead of those that have the kinks worked out.
I bet you're right. I'll see if I can find an mfg date on mine tonight. So far my newest one is hanging in there, but only 3 days in so far. I need to hit you up for some nomnoms too as soon as the Mrs. lets me back off my wallet again.
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:50 PM   #25
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Ha - I need to make more. Everyone keeps buying me out so I don't even have a stash for myself!

But really - I was in the same run-around situation with a fixture last year until I realized the units I was buying from the LFS were junk. Finally got mine replaced by Coralife/Central and bought another online and haven't had a problem since. Though, those Colormax bulbs are awful and always burn out in like five seconds. Gross coloration, too, in my opinion. I would ditch them before turning the fixture on. Just replace them with another 6700K bulb.
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Old 04-25-2012, 12:27 AM   #26
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i like the colormax bulb lol. i had two running while i was trying to find a a 30" 6700k bulb locally. looked really cool when i moved the light to the front half of the tank. against that dark dim light background and everything popped. it was pretty cool.

when they fixed the issue did they change the box? because the first one i got came in an older looking box, and the replacement fixture came in a "re-designed" box.
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Not sure on the box redesign. I am admittedly impatient and will rip a package open like woah when it arrives.

But the newer design still has one flaw: that cheap-o acrylic splash guard will still melt in a hearbeat if the colormax bulb overheats and burns out.
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i am too but, it was drastic from light almost pastel colors to the dark blue and black it has now.

so thats why the acrlyic thing is so weak in the center and strong on the ends where the bulb was basically dead.
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:02 PM   #29
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so week later i have still not gotten a response to my email, so as i am typing i am on hold waiting someone to answer to the phone. apparently corallife is part of a huge corp


Edit: they answered when i posted this. the guy said to send him a copy of my invoice and he would send me new fixtures. he thinks they are overdriving the bulbs.
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:23 PM   #30
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In the last year, my friend and I have had MULTIPLE failures of the coralife t5no fixtures, both in 30" and 36" lengths. Changing bulbs does nothing. In every case, when you flip the switch, the light will briefly flicker (so brief you wouldn't see if you weren't closely watching) the it goes dark. Between that and the abysmal PAR readings we got off of them, we both finally gave up on them and got different lights. Sorry you're having issues, but it definitely seems to be a widespread problem with this brand.
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