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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-22-2010, 01:39 AM Thread Starter
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One step forward, one step back

So today I went to the LFS and got myself some substrate for the planted tank I'm slowly putting together. (55 gallon)

I put 25 lbs of sand down, then a layer of red clay (laterite), another layer of the sand and then 50 lbs small gravel.

Well as I was setting up the substrate my 48" T4 HO light fixture fell on the ground (no bulbs were plugged in at the time) however it blew out the ballast.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-22-2010, 01:32 PM
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did you put both bulbs in the fixture when you tested it to see if it works?
a lot of fixtures wont turn on with just one bulb. the hagen glo system is one of them. i only pluggeg one bulb in after it got mailed to me and it didnt work so i almost sent it back
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Yeah I put both bulbs in to test.

The light turned on for about 1.5 seconds and then I heard a popping noise and it went off. Then I started smelling a strong sulfur smell coming from the ballast.

I bought a cheap light setup from eBay to replace it for the time being, hopefully it works fine ( t5 ho 108 watt setup, same amount of watts as the one hat broke)
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maybe you can steal the ballast from that fixture and put it in your other one
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I took the ballast out of it and found the manufacture's website and the same one as what broke.. it was $20 for a new ballast. In my younger years I would have ordered it up and rewired the light with the new ballast. However now that I'm older and slightly wiser, I don't want to burn down my house if I screw something up with the re-wiring job. The wife and 3 kids would not be happy if they didn't have a house to live in.

The ebay replacement light was less than $70 so... if it works, I can't complain too much.
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try selling it in swap and shop. i'm sure someone will be happy to take it off of you. at least you'll be able to regain some of your money back
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