Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Some where in SOCAL
After cutting and trimming and fitting the MIRRO reflector I removed it and added the two ballests into the top of the canopy. Then replaced the reflector for fit of the ballests in such tight quarters. It worked out very well, tight but well.
Once the reflector and ballests were fitted and ok I needed to drill some holes into the reflector to mount the light sockets on either side. After measuring and aligning I drilled two holes into the reflector to mount the sockets.
Once the screw holes were done I placed the sockets in place but not very tight. Then I inserted the light bulbs into the sockets and aligned the bulbs so the would be as straigh as I can get them, then tightened the screws.
The next and last thing to do was to connect all the electrical wiring. I followed the instructions that came with the new system. Replaced the end caps of the canopy and hoped for the best. Pluged it in and nothing!!! That is what happens when you do a job late at night. You realize you need to flip the switch!!! Everything worked well!!! The lights are bright and no more blue tank!!!
At first I was really conserned about the heat generated by the ballests in a small compartment. But the heat is not anything more than the original ballest produced. But I still want to find some small vents that I can add to the top of the canopy to help remove the heat. There are some louvered vents on the sides that help, but I really will feel safer if I had more ventilation.
The last two pictures will show the difference in the lighting systems. Even though the original was a 36watt fixture and the new is only 26watts I really like the apppearance of the new system. And I will still have approx 3.25WPG.
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Last edited by aquaphish; 10-21-2006 at 07:44 PM.