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post #1 of 7 Old 03-03-2012, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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inbuilt hood lights gone wrong

i have a 3ft tank with an inbuilt hood. one of the light circuits have blown ive tried other light bulbs but not working, ive tried new starter plugs and still not working,

what can i do to fix this situation
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-03-2012, 08:57 PM
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Get a professional electrician to have a look at it.

Messing with electrical circuits is not something you should do without knowing what you are doing.

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Get a professional electrician to have a look at it.

Messing with electrical circuits is not something you should do without knowing what you are doing.
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post #4 of 7 Old 03-04-2012, 12:05 AM
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If you know what you are doing, then check for broken wires entering the starter circuit, which may have been caused by condensation inside the unit.

If you have an electrical probe, check and see (very carefully) with the unit plugged in where the power is getting to.

It is not out of the question, that the replacement starter you have is not working.

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75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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If you know what you are doing, then check for broken wires entering the starter circuit, which may have been caused by condensation inside the unit.

If you have an electrical probe, check and see (very carefully) with the unit plugged in where the power is getting to.

It is not out of the question, that the replacement starter you have is not working.

**PLEASE NOTE I WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE, IF YOU CHOOSE TO DO THIS**
so what would the best thing to do, for fixing this
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post #6 of 7 Old 03-04-2012, 09:32 AM
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Try different bulbs again and a starter (you might have to purchase these), it not uncommon to have a dead bulb and starter with flourescent lights.

If it is not that then there is a break in the wire, you can try taking it all apart and checking the wire. It could also be the contacts on the bulb housing. Anything regardless really is going to be a bit of slightly dangerous work.

You risk either damaging the fixture taking it apart or you risk at WORST the possibility of being electrocuted if you make a mistake.
I am a qualified electrician so I know what I am doing, which is why I suggested you get a professional electrician to look at it.
The little starters in flourescent tubes, actually for a split second get hotter than the surface of the sun when they first start up to agitate the powder in the tubes.

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Try different bulbs again and a starter (you might have to purchase these), it not uncommon to have a dead bulb and starter with flourescent lights.

If it is not that then there is a break in the wire, you can try taking it all apart and checking the wire. It could also be the contacts on the bulb housing. Anything regardless really is going to be a bit of slightly dangerous work.

You risk either damaging the fixture taking it apart or you risk at WORST the possibility of being electrocuted if you make a mistake.
I am a qualified electrician so I know what I am doing, which is why I suggested you get a professional electrician to look at it.
The little starters in flourescent tubes, actually for a split second get hotter than the surface of the sun when they first start up to agitate the powder in the tubes.
thanks, i tried the starters and another bulb it wont work i really want this working cos my tank is too dark 1 light isnt enough for a deep tank
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