Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Northern California
While I appreciate the chat about why the lights may have died, I'm more curious what I should do while I have no lights. Call me crazy, but I believe my thread has been hijacked. lol
For what it's worth, only one light died died. Like, smelled like burning electronics, I hear is "zzzt" sound, and smoke came out of the light. The other light just...stopped.
The power supplies both show a green light on the brick so I assume they're both fine. It would also be strange if both power supplies died at the same time. I suspect something is up with my Spectral Controller. I had it do all the nice ramp up from soft blue light to intense red light, to simulate dusk, dawn, etc. But when I get the replacements, I'll just be plugging them directly into a timed outlet instead. Also, I doubt it's an actual power problem since every bit of my tank is all on the same breaker and nothing else seems to be malfunctioning.
All that said, my original question is still yet to be answered. I'm 3 days without my nice lights. Besides turning off CO2, is there anything else I should do? I use EI dosing. Today should be the micros, tomorrow should be the water change, and on Monday I should get my new lights. Should I dose micros like normal? What if my lights don't make it until Tuesday, should I still dose my Monday Macros like normal?
Edit: Also wanted to mention, another potential culprit could have been bad RCA cables that I was using to link them. They're cheap-ish cables but they all looked fine. No frays, no exposed wire. It's also kind of ironic that I dropped like $600 on lights but I couldn't justify spending $20 per cable for Kessil's RCA cable. But perhaps I should have.
Edit2: For what it's worth, I've had these lights for about 3 years but I haven't actually used them until about 4 or 5 months ago. It was a slow process buying everything for this tank and the lights were, oddly enough, one of the first purchases along this journey. So they're just about out of warranty even though I've only been using them for a few months.
Word of advice: Don't buy stuff until you'll start using it. No reason to let that warranty tick down before you even plug the stuff in.
Last edited by TrevHolland; 08-24-2019 at 05:41 PM.
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