Here is my rant/hopefully fix on my Finnex Planted Plus 36" lights.
I have two Finnex Planted Plus 36" fixtures i purchased about two years ago.
The reason i went with the Finnex LED fixtures was i wanted them to last longer than T5HO bulbs and be energy efficient.
I looked around and i liked the look of the minimal fixture the planted plus lights had and the price seemed good for the overall output and features the Planted Plus had.
I liked how these had a separate true 660nm red LED row in them.
I had to order them off Amazon and it took awhile till i could find one that would ship to Canada.
This spring i noticed that my one light wasn't working and just flashing the red led strip. So i unplugged it and plugged it back in. Boom it works. The next day i notice its doing the same thing.
So i look it up and apparently this is a common issue with these lights. Now i'm not a electronic wizard but i do know a thing or two about electronics and thought i would look into it to see if i could find a fix.
It seems like most people just went and purchased a new power supply off ebay/amazon for around $30-50 CAN and that fixed it. But i'm sorry, the whole reason i bought these lights was for them to last a long time and not have to spend $$$ for fluorescent bulbs all of the time.
I love the light themselves but these power supplies they put in them suck. I cannot find any other light that has as many issues with power supplies as these do.
Why isn't Finnex covering this issue? They want me to buy a new "Finnex(made in China)" power supply for $30US($40CAN) plus shipping and duties...probably all said and done $50-60.
What i know so far, the one good power supply i have works fine on both lights(so its not the light). The one bad power supply i have doesn't work on both lights.
The bad power supply clicks every second...click, click, click; very faintly but you can hear it(in sequence with the red LED flashing).
I have opened the power supply and noticed some discoloration under one of the voltage regulators like it over heated(the plastic power supply box gets very hot when on). So i'm assuming the voltage regulator is shot? I don't know how to test it.
The label on the outside of the power supply says 15volt 27watt. If i connect it to a plug in power meter its drawing exactly 27 watts(the good one).
So are they using a underpowered power supply, and its overheating and killing its self?
All i know is i'm not spending $50 on another power supply from them.
Oh and by the way they are still selling these lights.
I wanted to make this thread to hopefully find a GOOD solution to this what seems like a common problem a lot of Finnex owners are having.