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AH supply lights are not what I expected...

I cant beleive people actually give this company good reviews... The kit directions are very poor. The only reason i bought this kit was because it was a "retrofit" kit, evidently the people at AH supply dont seem to understand what retrofit even means. I wanted to retain the factory hood of my tank, yet this kit is going to require me to make a whole new canopy, Maybe they should mention that on their site. The directions are very poor, they dont show anything and you pretty much have to figure things out for yourself. The only way i could see these lights working are for those who wish to build there own enclosures. DO NOT BUY THIS KIT if you plan on RETROfitting your abs hoods. Total waste of money, lets hope they take this pos kit back with the wires all cut up, since u dont realize it wont work untill you work on it for 3+ hours...

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Deep breath......and realize how many people you probably just offended AHsupply lights seem to be like gospel on this forum, although I've never tried 'em. I've read over and over again that if you enjoy DIY'ing, the ahsupply lights are perfect and get the job done very well. If you don't want to wire anything then these lights aren't for you. As for me, I'd rather not burn my house down.

But this is sad news that they don't fit in your existing hood. Are the reflectors too big or what? They look pretty small on the website, and don't they provide all the measurements? Is the ballast the problem?
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I'm an electrical idiot and figured out the wiring. It isn't THAT difficult. The only thing that messed with my head was how much wire to cut.
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Deep breath......and realize how many people you probably just offended AHsupply lights seem to be like gospel on this forum, although I've never tried 'em. I've read over and over again that if you enjoy DIY'ing, the ahsupply lights are perfect and get the job done very well. If you don't want to wire anything then these lights aren't for you. As for me, I'd rather not burn my house down.

But this is sad news that they don't fit in your existing hood. Are the reflectors too big or what? They look pretty small on the website, and don't they provide all the measurements? Is the ballast the problem?
I knew that they were "DIY", and i could make them fit if i wanted. The point is that in order to make them fit i would have to hack up my ABS plastic cover so much it just wouldnt make much sense. I would also have to supply all my own parts. I would have screw heads sticking up all over the canopy, which would both, look like crap and not be safe. For the price i could have gotten a whole new light system, but i figured i would save some money, not the case. Since i don't have the time to build a new cover for the tank i get to send AH supply another $50 for their canopy cover, and then i get to shell out another $30 for an all clear tank cover. So i just spent a little over $200 for 110 watts of light, Not to mention the time and frustration I have wasted.

To make matters worse the abs plastic covers are now ruined, and now i get to splice wires together just to get this lighting system to work.. YAY
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I'm an electrical idiot and figured out the wiring. It isn't THAT difficult. The only thing that messed with my head was how much wire to cut.

The wiring was easy, just the fact they dont fit when they are supposed to...
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Derek,
I'm sorry it didn't work for you. I've got four different kinds of lights on my tanks, including AHS. I highly recommend calling Kim at AHS tomorrow and see what they can do for you.

Otherwise, maybe someone here needs what you've got and can help cut some of your losses.

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I forgot to mention in the last post...did you talk to AHS before ordering? They have a pretty good track record with making sure the customer gets what they need if you give them a call.

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it took you 3 hours to realize it wouldn't fit? are you trying to fit the ballast in the hood too? they give you measurements of the reflectors on the site, so you should have had a good estimate of how they might fit. what problems are you having getting them to fit? if you provide pics maybe we could give some suggestions
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btw you can make a really simple canopy. just have front, top, and back panels. you dont need to cover the tank uness you are afraid something will jump or crawl out
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I have used AH Supply retro-fit kits and found them very easy and clear to install. Perhaps you were tring to put more lighting than your extsting hood could fit.
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It must be more difficult to retrofit their lights in to an existing hood,I made a very simple hood and attached the two ballasts(2X96W Bright kit) under the stand on the wall.that gave me a lot of room to fit the 2 reflectors and wiring.
Did you consider that option?
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For the price i could have gotten a whole new light system, but i figured i would save some money, not the case.
If it was the same price, how could you have saved money? Sounds more like operator error to me.

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Some people don't like Mercedes Benz automobiles. That doesn't mean those cars are lousy.
AH Supply kits are a bargain, are not difficult to install, and their customer service is the best in the industry. But, "not difficult to install" doesn't mean you can do it blindfolded, and do it in every single existing hood of any size that exists. The best suggestion above is to list the kit(s) here on the swap n shop forum - assuming that AH Supply won't simply refund the price. Of course people buying at the swap n shop forum expect to pay less than new prices too.

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Actually I have installed many of the AH Supply kits. Every one came with directions that most 10 year olds could follow. And they came with every part needed to fit them into what ever it was I was putting them into.

I would have to agree that this sounds more like a case of operator error.
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When I was looking into upgrading my lighting, I called AHS and Kim talked to me for as long as I wanted, discussing my various options.
He was very open about commercial alternatives I could buy instead of his kit.
He was very specific in asking me what my existing light was, and told me what he could sell me that would fit in it - and why other of his products would not fit.
I have no electrical ability, and I did it in a couple of hrs taking my time over Sat a.m. coffee without a hitch.
Its been working w/ no probs for probably a couple of years now.
I would have had to work pretty hard to screw any aspect of my transaction up.
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