Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > General Hardware/Equipment Discussion
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 11-12-2008, 02:54 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
xander's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Mpls MN
Posts: 329
coralife strip problem

I have a Coralife Freshwater Aqualight 48 inch Single Linear Strip Compact Fluorescent Fixture that hold two 65W bulbs. The bulb on the left will not light up. I thought the bulb was out at first so I got new bulbs. Turns out the original bulb is fine and it still wont light. I believe that this unit uses a single ballast for both bulbs so that should not be an issue. I'm not sure if it has a starter for each one but I haven't found any. What could be the problem? Do I need a new fixture or can I fix it.
__________________

__________________
xander is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2008, 03:01 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
xander's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Mpls MN
Posts: 329
I also found online that these lights should not be used under a canopy. Is that a heat thing? Could that have caused the problem I'm having?
__________________

__________________
xander is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2008, 04:07 PM   #3
AA Team Emeritus
 
jsoong's Avatar


 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Edmonton, Canada
Posts: 4,222
Depending on how handy you are around electricity, you can attempt a fix. If only one light is firing & you have only 1 ballast, it is likely a connection problem, may be corrosion of a connection. I don't think heat is the problem - for one thing heat will fry the ballast & both lights would be out. <Unless there is actually 2 ballasts inside. BTW - the new lights use electronic ballasts so would not have starters at all.> More likely, it is moisture buildup under the canopy that caused problems.

First, make sure that the end cap (the bulb plugs in thing) is not corroded or loose. Also, if you have individual switches for each light, make sure those are not corroded open. Next, I would take the thing apart & seeing if there is anything obvious. If the wiring & both endcaps are fine (maybe swap the good endcap to the bad side & see if that work), then you can try swaping out the ballast <depending on the condition of the light, that might or might not be economical.>

Disclaimer: Working with electrical stuff requires some experience & a good dose of common sense .... Proceed at your own risk!!
__________________
80 gal FW with 30 gal DIY wet/dry/sump.
9 fancy golds, 1 hillstream loaches, 1 rubber-lip pleco (C. thomasi), 3 SAEs, small school of white cloud minnows, planted.
jsoong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2008, 04:10 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
xander's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Mpls MN
Posts: 329
That seems likely as the bulbs were tough to pull out of the connectors due to corrosion. I will try to clean them up and see what happens. Thanks.
__________________
xander is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
coral, coralife

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
Question about coralife strip lights cplawrence General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 2 10-12-2005 03:53 AM
Coralife Lunar Aqualights Compact Fluorescent Strip Lights slowboattochina Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 7 04-29-2005 09:28 PM
Problem with Coralife PC bodie Saltwater Reef Aquaria 5 11-21-2004 11:29 AM
Coralife strip light question Sesos General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 3 07-17-2004 10:12 PM
Coralife Aqualight Compact Fluorescent Strip Lights opie Saltwater Reef Aquaria 10 02-04-2004 12:08 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:42 PM.


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