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Old 11-24-2011, 03:45 PM   #1
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My light keeps going out :(

Have no idea why but my tank light keeps going out its a 10g top flourecint or how ever you spell it but it just goes out i turn it off then back on and it works for a while then goes out is it the bulb or is it the actual top its self please help
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Old 11-24-2011, 03:49 PM   #2
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If it's coming on without an issue but going out randomly, my guess is a bad ballast. It could be a bad bulb, but you'd likely see it strobing or a dark end to the bulb if that's the case.
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Old 11-24-2011, 03:58 PM   #3
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Allright this is a pic of the light on upside down on my bed im surprised it came out so well XD
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Old 11-24-2011, 05:28 PM   #4
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The end of that bulb looks pretty dark. How old is it?

If it's less than one year, I'd buy a cheap bulb to test the fixture. If you have the same issue, my money is on a bad ballast. If not, it was just the bulb.

If the bulb is older than a year, I'd just buy a new good bulb as it's probably just reached the end of its useful life.
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Oh yea its wayyyyy old would a 6$ bulb from walmart work?
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:47 PM   #6
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Yes, it will work in the fixture, but might not be the best spectrum of light. Do you have any plants?
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Not yet but i will have why what will happen to it with the new bulb?
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Old 11-24-2011, 11:48 PM   #8
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A regular fluorescent bulb is a little too blue for plants. If your bulb is that old, go ahead and get a good aquarium bulb.
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i'd guess it's the ballast with all the flickering, but getting a cheap bulb first to double check is probably the best start
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Old 11-27-2011, 03:17 PM   #10
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So what is a bad ballist ?
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