T5 fixture not working, how to fix
When I was changing water, some water seems to have gotten into the T5 fixture, just few drops may be. The lamp made weird cracking noise and went out. What went wrong? any way to fix this? I really can't afford buy a new fixture now. This one is only about 3 months old. Any help is deeply appreciated. Thanks.
The fixture is made by Coralife and it came as kit when I bought my 25 gallon Aqueon kit.
Unless you are competent in electrical knowledge DO NOT attempt to fix the light.
Chances are, the water has shorted the fixture out. Basically it may have melted a wire from the heat generated from the shorting.
With the unit UNPLUGGED, you can have a look inside it (after taking it apart) and see if this is the cause. Check all the wiring, check the fittings where the bulb goes in for any signs of black or scorch marks. If there are any, those will have to be replaced. (Make sure you get the part appropriate for your fixture).
With the unit only 3 months old, it may be covered by warranty still, check with the manufacturer BEFORE taking it apart, if you take it apart it will VOID the warranty and you will not be able to get a replacement.
Try also leaving the fixture UNPLUGGED in a warm area for a few days to allow the water to TOTALLY dry up. It is possible that the bulbs will also need replacing as these can be damaged by the arching from a short circuit.
AGAIN THOUGH, if you are NOT comfortable working with electrics DO NOT ATTEMPT to fix the fixture, have someone who knows what they are doing look at it.
I accept NO responsibility should you attempt what I have posted here, they are guidelines only and you use them AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Hi, Thanks for your advice. I am going to see if new bulb(s) will take care of it first. Hopefully, that'll do it...
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