Long story, but the short of it is when I got my 250w Coralife Pendant, the ballast was broken. The gave me the "runaround" saying that I had to return it to Coralife. When I called Coralife, they said they couldn't take it back because they only except returns from their sellers (a.k
In the end, I had to return it to Hellolights which it turn sent it to Coralife. Hellolights refused to send me another unit so it took about a month to get the thing back. And it still didn't work correctly. The ballast was overdriving the bulbs. I blew 3 bulbs in the span of 3 weeks.
It was Hellolights attitude that really turned me off though. One of their employees told me on the phone that, "We are only going to do this once". He meant that they were only going to take the ballast back once and if it still wasn't fixed, tough luck!!
That is when I learned to build my own ballast.
BTW, hellolights.com's true actinics are very pinkish purple and they will make the corals glow, but nowhere near what the CSL actinics do.
Really? I wouldn't say mine are pink, but they do have a tint of violet in them. CSL 03
's are going to get harder to come by as time moves on as I don't believe they are manufactured any longer. Wonder if there is another bulb manufacturer that can produce a CSL "look alike".