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 06-03-2008, 08:45 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 3
Lighting Assistance

hello, i'm the new guppy in this pond and i need some help with a lighting problem:

i run a 331mm (13") 10W T8 flourescent tube and it has burnt out the pcb after about a year.
it blew the fuse once before but i replaced it with the correct replacement so it wasn't that that caused the meltdown.

i would rather not try to find a new pcb if i can help it ; I would prefer to run the tube from an external power supply to stop this happening again.
the problem is, i thought all flourescent tubes needed a starter and i can't find the one in my tank.

the suppplier (aa-aquarium.com) is no help at all.

can anyone advise me how to rectify my problem?

thanks in advance,
Parasite
__________________

__________________
parasite is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2008, 09:05 AM   #2
SW 20 & Over Club
 
ccCapt's Avatar


 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Northeast PA
Posts: 5,362
Send a message via ICQ to ccCapt
Welcome to AA!

What brand light fixture is this with a transistor in it? I believe a T8 bulb is just a normal output fluorescent bulb. Anyway, not all bulbs need a starter. RS (rapid start) bulbs do not need a starter to fire. I wired my VHO's and reg. fluorescent bulbs. 2 wires on the ballast get plugged into the wall and 6 wires go to the 2 bulbs (wiring may vary depending on bulbs and ballasts). There is no transistor involved.
__________________

__________________
/Larry
125g reef
See My Tank Info
Check out The build project
ccCapt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2008, 10:11 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 3
cccapt,
thanks for your rapid response.
there is s a code on the board ; KE10W-12V-1.
the board has the following items on it:
2 x 2way screw connectors
4 x diodes (i assume the bridge rectifier)
2 x large brown resistors
2 x small wire wound resistors
2 x transisor things (although they may be voltage regulators but too much damage done to read)
1 x transformer
1 x large black thing (possibly a coil).

i am guessing that this is some kiind of smothing circuit for the ac / dc conversion.

if you know of a rapid start set-up that i can use to replace this junk, please advise me.

thanks again,
parasite.
__________________
parasite is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2008, 10:46 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 3
if it helps, heres a link to a word document containing 2 pictures of the burnt out board:
http://rapidshare.com/files/119790059/burned.doc.html
__________________
parasite is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
light, lighting, tan

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
Assistance Please GJ-Anderson Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 15 05-19-2009 03:31 PM
Lighting - 6ft x 2ft x 2ft assistance needed. Tomiam Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 5 06-07-2008 04:27 PM
Shrimp ID Assistance Please :) Pleco Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 5 02-25-2008 06:12 PM
Assistance with a new pond please jay24k Freshwater & Brackish - Coldwater, Native Fish & Ponds 8 05-01-2005 06:59 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:52 PM.


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