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48" home depot or lowes shop light?

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48" home depot or lowes shop light?
Old 10-04-2011, 09:18 PM   #1
 
48" home depot or lowes shop light?

I have been using a shop light above my 55g for awhile, my plants are doing great and I love it but I do not like to turn my light off or remove it to work in my tank. My plastic tank lights I can run water all over while messing in my tank and not get shocked. This morning a piece of my driftwood had fallen over I reached into my tank fixed it and when pulling my arm out I must have brushed up against the light it shocked the crap outta me. When I first bought this light I swore I felt a little shock from it while messing in my tank but I nothing like I got today. This was a light me on fire felling that I'd rather not have again. All of the shop lights I have found are metal. Anyone else using these? I paid $30 for it at lowes it's a diamond plated shop light. I can promise I'll be taking it off from now on before sticking my hand in the tank but then I can't see in the tank.
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:48 PM   #2
 
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I use metal shop lights...never been shocked. I have two over my tank sitting directly on the glass top. When I need to do stuff in the tank I flip the front one upside down and place it on the top of the rear light. That gives my full access to the tank and allows plenty of light in the tank from the light that is still in place.
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:51 PM   #3
 
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I use metal shop lights...never been shocked. I have two over my tank sitting directly on the glass top. When I need to do stuff in the tank I flip the front one upside down and place it on the top of the rear light. That gives my full access to the tank and allows plenty of light in the tank from the light that is still in place.
i have this set up as well, glass tops with two 48" shop lights sitting right on top, never been shocked.

nubster do you ever have issues with the top of the water getting waaaaay too hot?

i have actually shortened the timer on one of them so its not on that much bc the water in the top of my tank was getting much too hot.
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:54 PM   #4
 
Do you remember where you got your lights and how much they were? I bought a few before this one I couldn't find ones that the front came all the way down and was getting light into my room. All of my tanks are open, I'm seriously considering getting tops.Maybe that's why I'm getting shocked, I just never had this problem with my plastic lights.
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Old 10-04-2011, 10:00 PM   #5
 
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hope depot and less than 17$ bulbs in a two pack were less than 10$
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Old 10-04-2011, 10:02 PM   #6
 
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hope depot and less than 17$ bulbs in a two pack were less than 10$
Thanks, I need another one for a new 55g i just bought I'm thinking I'll try a different light fixture.
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Old 10-05-2011, 02:20 AM   #7
 
Is the unit grounded?
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Old 10-05-2011, 03:09 AM   #8
 
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Got mine at Walmart for about $10 a piece and the bulbs are also from Walmart. They come in a two pack 6500k bulbs for about the same price.

@patadams66...no...my water doesn't really seem to heat up. The glass seems to block out the heat but even if I run them open top there doesn't seem to be any issue other than fast evaporation.
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Old 10-05-2011, 03:20 AM   #9
 
Thanks guys I'm gonna look around haven't checked walmart will do that.

It should be grounded, the plug has a ground, that's the next thing I'm going to check I guess is pull the receptacle out and see that the ground is connected.
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