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Old 06-23-2009, 12:31 AM   #11
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The easiest way to see if you have a starter or not is to tell us what type of fixture you have and the brand name.
This is what was listed in the first post

"All Glass Flourescent Twin Tube 36" light"

This unit is described as having an instant start circuit instead of a starter.

Perhaps post pictures of your strip if possible?
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Old 06-23-2009, 04:46 AM   #12
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Is this it. It shows a starter...left center...
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Old 06-23-2009, 02:52 PM   #13
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OK, here's 2 pics ... one of the underside with the reflector (haven't removed that yet to see details on the ballast) and the other is the labe on the back:

36" Fluorescent Twin-Tube Aquarium Reflector
120 volt 75 watt 60hz

I'm guessing the model info is the 2 nums at the top: 9N23 and E163201

LOL I never knew fluorescent was spelled with the u before the o.
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Me too on the u before the O..thank heavens for spell check Well, if it had a starter it would be between the two bulbs. Do you have a Voltmeter? If not then check to see if the ends are corroded and clean them to see if that works. Take the bulbs out, clean the contacts and swap the bulbs around.
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I am slightly confused. The fixture says 75W? But you put in 2x25W tubes. Is that the original W's on the tubes. <Standard T12 36" tubes are 30W.> I wonder if there is an incompatibility in the W's here.

It is quite possible that the 75W is an electronic ballast, in that case the tubes should work. So check the endcaps first before anything else.
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Oh, and if it is a 75W electronic ballast, then it needs no starter.
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