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 02-12-2011, 08:14 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 266
Eclipse lighting problem-Help!

Folks
I have an Marineland Eclipse 3 gal tank that the light just quit. Before I buy a $10 bulb, I noticed the ballast which is sealed all one piece in the lighting unit is brown/black in spots on its outer casing--Is this normal? Can you buy this entire white plastic lighting molded unit? Any troubleshooting advice is appreciated! I have live plants that wont make it without this light! Thanks
__________________

__________________
Cliffz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2011, 02:19 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
mudraker's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Alaska
Posts: 1,652
Yes, it is normal.

You can safely buy the new bulb.
__________________

__________________
mudraker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2011, 02:22 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
mudraker's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Alaska
Posts: 1,652
Condensation builds up under the plastic and causes weird algaes, which are totally harmless. Just wipe it off when you install the new bulb.
__________________
mudraker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2011, 09:46 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 266
Folks--these brown/black spots are not algae--they are discoloration from the heat of the ballast I assume--even the plastic housing is bumpy/irregular. Can i put a voltmeter on the pin ends of the unit where bulb attached and check to see if correct voltage is present? 120v? Thanks
__________________
Cliffz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2011, 11:08 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
BigJim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Oak Forest, IL
Posts: 4,388
If it's just a CFL, don't waste your money on the Marineland bulb. A cheap daylight spectrum CFL works just as well.

I've seen the spots you're talking about on my Eclipse 5g, but it's really not something I've worried about. When my wife and I moved into our house, the local transformer was screwed up, so we were getting 138-150VAC out of our outlets. I have a feeling the high voltage fried the bulb and the burn spots occurred when the ballast kicked the bucket.

If you want to test your voltage, go ahead. It would probably be safer to test at the outlet. Less chance of accidental contact and shocks.
__________________
ďA man's errors are his portals of discovery.Ē
Guide to The Fishless Cycle Cycling With Fish
My DIY LED Light Fixture
Feel free to PM me directly with questions.
BigJim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2011, 09:32 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 266
Folks---Ballast is blown--ugh
I guess I'll call Marineland for an entire replacement lighting unit
__________________

__________________
Cliffz is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
eclipse, light, lighting

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
Eclipse 3 gallon overheating problem SueG DIY Projects 4 05-18-2009 02:14 PM
retrofitting eclipse 3 lighting crabguy DIY Projects 2 10-15-2007 12:50 PM
Lighting options for an Eclipse 6g? 99RedSi General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 2 07-31-2005 06:37 PM
lighting for 12g eclipse mumrah Nano Reefs 0 07-29-2005 06:55 PM
Eclipse lighting... adamatic Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 17 07-11-2005 11:14 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:28 PM.


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