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Old 05-15-2007, 10:50 PM   #1
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Power Compact DIY links?

I want to buy a retrofit kit with 2 18w power compact fixtures with an external ballast. Do any of you DIY gurus have links to a good site to find this? I'm seriously considering buying a dual satellite PC fixture and cannibalizing it, but I'd rather go a lower cost route. I'm not finding what I want at places like foster/smith, marine depot, hellolights, etc.

Any help is appreciated.
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Old 05-16-2007, 10:38 AM   #2
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try www.ahsupply.com
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www.aquariumguys.com has a 12" Aqualight w/2-18W 50/50 complete unit for $48.99 and considering the bulbs are around $12 each and a ballast is going to run $30+ IMO it's not worth trying to build it yourself which typically saves more with larger setups.
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Old 05-18-2007, 05:44 PM   #4
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www.aquariumguys.com has a 12" Aqualight w/2-18W 50/50 complete unit for $48.99 and considering the bulbs are around $12 each and a ballast is going to run $30+ IMO it's not worth trying to build it yourself which typically saves more with larger setups.
I saw that, but it's not what I'm looking for. I actually went with a 2x9w mini-aqualight. My goal is to retrofit an existing hood to get some actinics in a 15 gallon tall AGA.

I have completely disassembled the aqualight, but I need a little help.

I have the following parts:
- Two 9 watt ballasts, each with a white wire and a black wire (with a connector to one side of the bulb attached to the black wire)
- one three-prong electrical cord terminating in a white wire, black wire, and a green wire with a ring terminal on the end
- one switch with two wires emanating from it: one wire is all black, one wire is black with a white stripe
- two black wires, ending in bare wire on one end, a connector to the other side of the bulb on the other end.

I do not care about installing a switch. I intend to seal the ballasts in a small enclosure and locate it away from the canopy, probably in a small standalone box behind the tank. I am assuming:

-I should tie the two white wires emanating from the ballasts (ending in bare wire) together with the white wire from the electrical cord (solder/heatshrink)
-I should tie the two black wires (ending in bulb connectors on one side, bare wire on the other) into the black wire from the electrical cord
-I should do something with the green loop wire - ground it somehow?
-I should connect the bulbs and pray.

Is this correct? I will not proceed with this until I get some responses, so please respond. I want to do this tonight, but I don't want to screw it up - want to do it right the first time. Can anyone help me?





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I got it working. It was like I thought, the wiring simply did not correspond with what I expected - white was hot. Everything looks good.
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White was hot?

I am quite sure Black is hot and white is neutral.
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White was hot?

I am quite sure Black is hot and white is neutral.
And that is exactly why I was so confused. Fixture did not follow US wiring code.
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