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Old 10-25-2014, 09:37 PM   #1
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Hood light help!

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The ballast on one of my hood lights is shot and I want to buy a replacement.
It's a 24" 120v 19w fixture. All I can find similar has lower wattage. What are the implications of buying a 17w? Dimmer light? Different bulbs? Sorry for sounding stupid I just don't know a lot about it.
I'm really not looking to replace both hood lights with something different.
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Old 10-28-2014, 10:32 PM   #2
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Hi,
The ballast on one of my hood lights is shot and I want to buy a replacement.
It's a 24" 120v 19w fixture. All I can find similar has lower wattage. What are the implications of buying a 17w? Dimmer light? Different bulbs? Sorry for sounding stupid I just don't know a lot about it.
I'm really not looking to replace both hood lights with something different.
Thanks!
Question: is this light just for lighting the tank or do you plan on growing plants?
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Old 10-28-2014, 11:18 PM   #3
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No live plants just lighting the tank
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Old 10-29-2014, 08:39 AM   #4
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Check home Depot the have quite a few different ones and one thing is it dont have to be specifically a 19w it can be higher

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Old 10-30-2014, 12:54 AM   #5
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Do they have a whole hood light/ballast or just bulbs?
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Home depot doesn't sell hoods and stuff for fish tanks.. They sell fixtures for homes and business's.. Youd have to fabricate your own hood.. Just get a new ballast... They have a million ballasts ask the electrical guy.. tell him you have a T8 or T5 Ballast tell him the wattage and he will point you to a new ballast.. unscrew your fixture remove the old ballast and install the new one.

You sure its your ballast though if you have a T8 lamp it could be the starter that's bad
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Sorry guess I should have specified they have several different ballast I just picked one up for one of my hoods was actually better than the original and was only 6 bucks vs 35 for a new hood

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Old 10-30-2014, 05:03 PM   #8
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Candy man how do I know what part is bad? I took the whole thing apart cleaned all the metal and reconnected with no luck. I would like to try to fix it myself and would be willing to just pick up a ballast but only if for sure that's the issue...otherwise I'll jut get a whole new hood
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Try a new starter first. That is the cheapest part. If that does not work, power off, remove ballast from fixture, twist white wires together, take a multimeter and place on ohms setting, place one lead on white wires and the other on the red, blue or other colors. If the multimeter does not move on analog or show resistance on digital....it's bad.


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Old 10-31-2014, 12:51 PM   #10
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I don't think my fixture has a starter so I'll have to get the tools to check the ballast. Can anyone tell me how to get the wires out of the switch?
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