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Old 02-25-2004, 11:31 AM   #1
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I got my Current-USA lighthood

Received my 36" Orbit last night. Here are just my mini-reviews.

1. It is bigger than I thought, and the packaging is very good. They had secure the bulb very well.
2. The acrylic splash shield can be easily slide from the side which I think is good design.
3. The fan is pretty quiet.
4. 2 side switches. One for the dual daylight and the other for the Actinics. The fan on/off is tie to the Daylight switch.
5. There is another power adapter for the Moonlights but no switch.
6. The 3 leds light IMO is too bright for lunar purpose in my 46g bowfront. And it is white, not blue. I thought is blue. I ended up turning it off. I am going to attached my own DIY 2 blue leds moonlight to the hood.
7. The legs I think is okay but can be made more solid and it is not adjustable.
8. The Actinics look good to me.

All in all, pretty happy, but have to wait for few more days to see how it operate.
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Old 02-25-2004, 06:05 PM   #2
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Glad to hear it made to you it OK!
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Old 02-26-2004, 02:34 AM   #4
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Boxster, where did you get it??? and for how much??

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Old 02-26-2004, 11:10 AM   #5
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I got it from Captivereefs. And thanks for the service. Will post pic soon.
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Old 02-27-2004, 02:40 PM   #7
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I want to let you guys know that if you are trying to buy the new Current-USA light hood. Put it on hold first.
I received my light hood on Tuesday. It is working fine for the first 2 day and last night half of the bulb is not working. There is 2 tube on each bulb. Only one tube is lighted up for the daylight bulb and the same goes for the Actinic. So essentially, only 2 tube of the 4 tubes is working. I am suspecting one ballast got burned, but not sure.
On top of that, I could not contact them. Their email is not working, no tel # either. But I like to praise Captivereef for doing his best to go through this situation.

Should I change out this light hood for the Coralife Aqualight series? Can someone with this Aqualight hood comments about their quality? Or should I change out for another Orbit hood?
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Sounds more like maybe the power compact bulbs got damaged rather than the ballast. You have two separate ballast to control the daylights & actinics, the PC bulbs are very fragile on the end where they are attached. Check with another PC bulb first.
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Old 02-27-2004, 03:32 PM   #9
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I don't think is the PC bulb. Because both bulb is working except that only half is working. That means one tube of the Daylight bulb is lighted up, and one tube of the Actinic is lighted up. Each bulb has 2 tube.
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and also you might want to switch the daylight bulb with the 03 to have the 03 come on first and have the fan running. and did you give the daylight bulb time to warm up? On my PC unit the daylight has to warm up before all of it is light up. it takes like 30 min to 60 i think. i am never home when the lights turn on in the morning.
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