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Old 03-31-2004, 08:06 PM   #1
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Turning a PC fixture into a retro??

I have a CSL PC fixture over my 65 gal aquarium but I can't place my hood over top because the fixture is a bit to long. I was wondering if anyone has had any success or has any suggestions on disassembling a PC fixture and making it more of a retro fit inside a canopy?
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Old 03-31-2004, 10:32 PM   #2
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I am about to do just that with my tank. I have had to replace the ballast in my fixture, so I'm positive that I can accomplish this. What questions do you have?
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Old 03-31-2004, 11:26 PM   #3
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I wasn't sure if I could buy waterproof sockets (I think they make them for VHO and MH) without having to buy a whole new retro kit. I also wasn't sure if I could use different socket ends with my Custom SeaLife ballast that currently supports 2x96w bulbs. Also, are there any precautions I should take in protecting the ballast and various other components from water/salt damage.

Thanks for the help,
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Old 03-31-2004, 11:28 PM   #4
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Not usre about the endcaps but I'd place the ballasts somewhere outside of the canopy. Try wiring them in the bottom cabinect or next to the aquarium. This way you don't have to worry about salt water damaging them or the extra heat they will create.

BTW, I have that same light and need a ballast for it
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Old 03-31-2004, 11:45 PM   #5
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PC waterproof endcaps are readily available. As long as the endcap matches the pin style of your bulbs they will work. I know they have some different endcaps here http://hellolights.com/diyaccessories1.html
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hey, if you need a ballast for the CSL, go to http://www.championlighting.com/e/en.../products.html
they still stock parts for the CSL lights.
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Thanks for the link, it looks like they may have what I need.
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Old 04-01-2004, 10:09 AM   #8
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BTW, I looked at hellolights, and they did not have the rubber boots for the 4 square pin configuration that I need, however Premium Aquatics does sell them with the power cord already attached.

http://www.premiumaquatics.com/Merch...paratecompacts

Thanks again for all the help!
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