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Old 09-19-2009, 04:08 AM   #21
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Just to throw this in the ring, I am pretty sure I have the same sundial fixture you have (T-5, with actinic, full spectum, and LED's) If it is the same the bulbs are 2 of each kind. I would purchase some back-up bulbs to have on hand. I had a problem where one light went out, but that kills the entire circuit and neither of the type of faulty light will work. You have to figure out which one went dead and change it, then the other one will still work. I have 2 spares of each on hand, just thought I would offer that advice up.
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Old 09-19-2009, 04:38 AM   #22
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The ballast should be rated for T-5 bulbs. My replacement ballast is ~1 1/2" x 1' x `17" long and fits into the channel of my light fixture. Just call or e-mail that company or any other and they can guide you to a ballast that should fit. Just google t-5 ballast replacement for the size of bulbs that your fixture uses.
This is my unit apart with new ballast in place before I wired it back together.
Note ballast inplace next to trashcan.
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Old 09-19-2009, 02:20 PM   #23
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I won one on ebay, but I think it is too strong.
ICECAP URI A4 VHO AQUARIUM LIGHT BALLAST DIY REEF LIGHT - eBay (item 120468857035 end time Sep-19-09 07:59:59 PDT)
URI A4 ballast. Its rated for "up to" 440W but I dont know if that means it will allow the bulbs to consume 440W or not. I have heard of people having great success at over drive, but I figure my case would be quite excessive! (96W , 4-24 T5 bulbs).

I dont suppose I could limit the ballast could I?
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Old 09-19-2009, 05:06 PM   #24
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I'm not sure. Someone else will have to chime in on this one>
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Old 09-20-2009, 02:51 AM   #25
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I won one on ebay, but I think it is too strong.
ICECAP URI A4 VHO AQUARIUM LIGHT BALLAST DIY REEF LIGHT - eBay (item 120468857035 end time Sep-19-09 07:59:59 PDT)
URI A4 ballast. Its rated for "up to" 440W but I dont know if that means it will allow the bulbs to consume 440W or not. I have heard of people having great success at over drive, but I figure my case would be quite excessive! (96W , 4-24 T5 bulbs).

I dont suppose I could limit the ballast could I?
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That is a balast for a 400w MH. (a good one) just get the bulb, the mogal socket and the reflector and you have an awesome light.....wait how big was you tank....20 gal? never mind....WAY to much.
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Old 09-20-2009, 04:33 AM   #26
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yeh that balast is WAY too much
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Old 09-20-2009, 07:25 AM   #27
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The ballast has to match your lamps (Type of lamp and wattage) if it doesn't either the ballast or bulbs will burn out.
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Old 09-20-2009, 02:14 PM   #28
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Hello,
This is not a metal halide ballast, it is a fluorescent ballast according to the auction and the pictures of the wiring diagram on the ballast itself.

I contacted IceCap asking whether or not this ballast would work. We will see what they say. Some other sites claim the IceCap ballasts sense the tube length and adjust the output accordingly.

Does anyone here have an IceCap ballast that could add to this?
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They do make such ballasts but they are rather expensive. If that's what you got you should be good to go however I think they will only work that way for specific type (T5, T5HO, T8, T12 etc).
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Can I ask a ball park price on that ebay ballast?
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