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Old 01-29-2015, 05:24 PM   #11
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Old 01-29-2015, 05:52 PM   #12
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Ricky, I can help you change the ballast, but you will need a little DIY know how. I am an electrician who has crossed over to electrical engineer. I just fear that you may hurt yourself for lack of knowledge of electricity. Electricity Must be respected.


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Old 01-29-2015, 06:39 PM   #13
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That would be great, I am very careful and would not do anything silly......so fire away and thanks......if you want to PM me that's fine
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First, what is the make and model of your ballast. A pic may help


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Old 01-29-2015, 07:15 PM   #15
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I cant look now Dcut as my tank is off, my tank and hood came from Pond solutions, I would need to ring them or have a look tomorrow it's 11.10 pm here, sorry hope you don't mind......
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I don't mind. Just post your ballast information. Make, model, voltage, Hertz. Etc


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Old 01-29-2015, 07:20 PM   #17
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Old 01-29-2015, 10:14 PM   #18
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http://www.dhgate.com/store/product/...0-1|3726023848

I see you live in the UK. I posted a link to a random ballast above. If you look closely, on the left end you have the Live, Neutral, and ground wires. This is your INPUT. On the right end, you can see the wiring schematic that goes to the bulb. This particular ballast has one bulb hooked up to the output. Some ballasts that you will run across will have output to one or two bulbs. The schematic shows EXACTLY how to wire the bulbs. In this particular example, the top two wires go to one end of the tube and the bottom two wires go to the other end of the tube.

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http://www.dhgate.com/store/product/...2-1|3726023848

Here as above, on the left end there are your Live, Neutral, and ground wires. The difference is on the OUTPUT(right side). Here on the schematic you have a TWO-BULB output. Terminal 25 is wired to one pin on both bulbs and likewise terminal 26 is wired to the other pin on the left end of both bulbs. On the right end of the TOP bulb you have terminals 21 and 22. On the right end of the bottom bulb you have 23 and 24. It is just that simple.



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Ricky, I just read the Practical Fishkeeping article. You were right. Those LED tube require a magnetic ballast. That is a step backwards in time. Initially I did not think that you knew what you were talking about. Nobody buys magnetic ballasts anymore! The Electronic Ballasts replaced the old magnetic ballasts years ago. To make matters worse, the magnetic ballasts require a starter. You don't want that. What you can do is something like this: G13 4FT 20W 3000K 4000K 6500K CLR STR MLK T8 Fluorescent Replacement LED Tube | eBay

These LED tubes appear to be 4 feet long and they require NO ballast. I did see 6500K tubes with three different diffusers: clear, milky, and striped. Keep looking around the UK for LED tubes that are 6500K if these are too expensive.
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Thanks Dcut,very good information for me, thank you so much for your help
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