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Finnex 24/7 A Star is dying off

I have a Finnex 24/7 lamp which has been kind of good for 3 years.
Within a year of buying it the remote started to behave weird until finally the functionality died ( it was the lamp remote receptor , not the remote control that comes with the lamp). No more fun colors but fortunately the last input was the MAX output which is fine to grow plants.
However , 2 weeks ago I notice the tank was a little darker than usual, upon check
-the metal case was cold
-the output looked dimmed.
-None of the LED are dead they are just dimmed
-central row of LED are reddish when looked at the reflection in the water. ( they were almost white, with a mix of blue and red)
Do you guys have experienced this?
Is the Lamp about to go dead?
Is there solution(aside from buying)
if buying a new one is the only solution, a suggestion is welcomed. I am on the way to heavy planted tank 46 G, with CO2 injected
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I have a Finnex 24/7 lamp which has been kind of good for 3 years.
Within a year of buying it the remote started to behave weird until finally the functionality died ( it was the lamp remote receptor , not the remote control that comes with the lamp). No more fun colors but fortunately the last input was the MAX output which is fine to grow plants.
However , 2 weeks ago I notice the tank was a little darker than usual, upon check
-the metal case was cold
-the output looked dimmed.
-None of the LED are dead they are just dimmed
-central row of LED are reddish when looked at the reflection in the water. ( they were almost white, with a mix of blue and red)
Do you guys have experienced this?
Is the Lamp about to go dead?
Is there solution(aside from buying)
if buying a new one is the only solution, a suggestion is welcomed. I am on the way to heavy planted tank 46 G, with CO2 injected

sounds like a power supply.. Easy fix.
3 years is fairly normal for chinese stuff..

I'd check the contacts on the plug too though.

If the receptor is the "dongle" kind, just check the solder joints to the legs by peeing back the black sleeve.
There were some bad ones I believe.. though from memory..

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sounds like a power supply.. Easy fix.
3 years is fairly normal for chinese stuff..

I'd check the contacts on the plug too though.
Can you explain a little bit, please
Change it , cut cables and use another one etc.
How is the easy fix
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Can you explain a little bit, please
Change it , cut cables and use another one etc.
How is the easy fix
Thanks

Any switching power supply with the same voltage and equal or greater output can replace it.


https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/1...burnt-out.html
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/1...er-supply.html

So what's the voltage on the brick say, and watts or amps?

Replacing the power supply is the only "easy" way to diagnose this. Could just be a loose/corroded wire causing too much resistance.
Best to try the ps before disassembly of the light.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/1...ng-lights.html

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