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aquarium lighting upgrade

Discussion in 'LEDs and Optoelectronics' started by avariss41, May 17, 2013.

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  1. avariss41


    May 17, 2013
    Greetings everyone. I am in the process of upgrading my ancient fluorescent fish tank lights. They are originally for the ten gallons that have a single tube, a switch and a starter with the old style magnetic transformer. I just purchased fast start ballasts that support two bulbs I will need help when I actually get started I am putting 2 15 watt t8 18 in bulbs in each hood. I think I will need help to get them started. I will be eliminating the starter altogether. I also would like to use the original switch if possible so they can be turned on instead of just plugged in like a shop light and at the same time use a polarized plug. I will get back to ya as I progress. I am money challenged and need to economize so hence I am building my own.:D and I am female just so ya know.

    And just an aside, in dismantling them I found that the brand new hoods I bought years ago have had the original transformer replaced but were still sold by the industry as new! how's that for deception! hah!
    Last edited: May 17, 2013

    CDRIVE Hauling 10' pipe on a Trek Shift3

    May 8, 2012
    Is there a question in there?

  3. avariss41


    May 17, 2013
    Not yet. It will be a while. thanks.:p
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