My gain then? No offense, but the only reason I continue this hobby is because a lot of people dump pricey equipment that "just stops working". Broken is if something is legitimately broken, not dead bulbs or starters since those will normally wear out like the tires on your car. Your standard "cheap" light fixture could probably be fixed in 30 minuets if you knew how. Possibly a hour or two if you have no idea what was broken or how to repair and had to learn it. Cost is dependent on type of light and what broke or wore out. If its your timer, well then its not your light.... If you don't want to buy a new timer or fix it I guess you will have to use the on/off switch on your light. If its your light, then fish just get to stay in the dark I guess.
I have 4-5 timers and never had one break. Only problem is loosing the dumb pegs for the cheap ones.
edit: Next time I don't recommend shaking mercury bulbs, thats like an accent waiting to happen. It was probably just the connection at the endcaps. Cheap fixtures love to do that. I always fix them at work, you don't even need to take them out. Just magic touch...
Last edited by Mikaila31; 12-10-2010 at 03:13 PM..