Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 04-23-2007, 10:37 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: california
Posts: 120
Send a message via AIM to reefmaster
k2 viper light fell into aquarium, is it still good?

Hi, i purchased 2 150 watt k2-viper lights from jbj. I have a 46 gallon and after 2 weeks they were great. I was filling up the evaporated water in my tank and one of them fell into the tank. (they mount onto the back of the tank) I guess it got wet and slipped. Thank God i didnt get hurt and nothin gin my tank got hurt. I unlugged the power cord right away, and all that got broken was the glass protecting the light and the metal halide bulb looks burt in the middle alittle. If i just purchase another bulb and screen do you think it would be alright to put it back up? Any suggestions?
__________________

__________________
reefmaster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2007, 10:42 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Cleveland, Oh. USA
Posts: 2,158
Send a message via AIM to ReefRaff Send a message via MSN to ReefRaff Send a message via Yahoo to ReefRaff
since you have two I would highly suggest you let the one air dry 3-5 days before using it again.

better safe then sorry
__________________

ReefRaff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2007, 10:51 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
lando's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Savage, MN
Posts: 7,889
I would contact the company and see what they recommend. SW is no good on electronics. Letting it dry for a few days is a good idea. Consider opening the housing so the inside dries out. Take a plain cloth and wipe down the bulb (do not touch it with bare hands), the reflecter and the glass.
__________________
Some people are like slinkies...they serve no real purpose yet can still bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs!:p
Have a great day! Brian
lando is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2007, 11:07 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: california
Posts: 120
Send a message via AIM to reefmaster
the glass in in peices so i cant really do anything with that. Ill let it dry and then take it to the aquarium store and see if they can help
__________________
reefmaster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2007, 12:49 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Princeton NJ
Posts: 153
It depends how comfortable you feel about disassembling things and tinkering. Salt water is very very bad. Distilled water actually conducts very very little electric current (only charge carriers are autodissociated H20's) and the more dissolved stuff you put in the water the more it will conduct. There are two problems with dropping stuff in water. One if the device is on you are shorting out circuits which were not designed to be shorted and they can be destroyed and cause much damage in the process. If you drop an electrical device in the water which is not powered up there is the obvious risk that if you turn it on while still wet you will get the same result but also the crap dissolved in the water which remains after the water drys could cause big problems in terms of corrosion and potential shorting.

What most "experienced" people would do in this instance would be wait a while (day or so) to let all of the capacitive elements in the electronics to naturally discharge, open the device up and rinse everythign with distilled water or isopropal alcohal. Then let it fully dry and you should be fine.

If the light was on for a while before it was dropped, the outer glass could have broked just from the thermal stresses of quenching to the temperature of your tank. If the light did not stop glowing then you did not get any shorts and you are very lucky.
__________________
Make it idiot proof and someone will just make a better idiot.
helicopter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2007, 10:07 AM   #6
AA Team Emeritus
 
roka64's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 13,860
Send a message via AIM to roka64 Send a message via Yahoo to roka64
I would say you can test it, after it has been dried and cleaned as suggested above. Just use the working bulb in the "broken" one to see if it still works.
__________________
Age is relative, you are only as old as you act....of course, this works in reverse....

Questions loved, heeded advice greatly appreciated!

Vote for AA
Good reading about:
Nitrogen Cycle
Fishless Cycling
Need more help?
Articles
Acronym List

--Scott
roka64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2007, 03:20 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 186
If it were me, I would throw it away. The risk of fire would be far too great for me to ever feel comfortable with it.
__________________

__________________
http://www.macna2007.com
Steven Pro is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
light, viper

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Aqua Light Advanced and K2 Viper (HALIDES) macman7010 Archive 1 07-18-2007 11:01 PM
REPTILES- VIPER GECKOS moose9 Archive 0 08-16-2006 08:57 PM
are aquarium light bulbs different from the house light bulb Bubble_B0y General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 4 06-22-2006 10:45 PM
Help! My brain fell out! christopherkath Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral 2 05-02-2006 09:02 PM
k-2 viper lights enough for 30 gallon? reefmaster Saltwater Reef Aquaria 2 03-15-2006 11:36 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:58 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.