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Old 09-27-2011, 01:25 PM   #1
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Where is the Starter?

My light bulb broke a few months ago and I only found a replacement for it yesterday. When I brought the bulb home and fitted it to the lighting unit... It still didn't work. At the time I thought it was the bulb, but then I realised it may be the starter. If this is the case, then where will the starter be? I can't upload photo's at the moment, but I have the 17l aqua box - if that helps

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Old 09-27-2011, 04:11 PM   #2
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Well, I pulled the unit apart and got a few pictures of the inside. I'm not sure where to start, or what's what. I'm not even sure what I'm looking for anymore.

I should really ask... Why isn't my light bulb working - even though its brand new?
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Old 09-27-2011, 04:18 PM   #3
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Is this a metal halide fixture? If so, you don't have a starter. If you replaced the lamp and it still did not work it is most likely the ballast (all those parts in the picture). Check for any loose wires first but if they all seem good, it is most likely the ballast is bad. You may be able to find a replacement from the original manufacturer.
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Metal Halide? Is that flourescent?

All the wires seem fine. Those were the first things I checked

The ballast is the big white thing in the photos, right?
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Can you get a picture of the new bulb, as well as the socket that it sits in? Did you make sure that the new bulb was the same wattage as the old one? If the new bulb is a higher wattage then the starter may not be able to start it.
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Old 09-27-2011, 04:54 PM   #6
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I came across it at my lfs, it is an exact replacement for my fish tank.
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Old 09-27-2011, 05:10 PM   #7
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That is a fluorescent and no Metal Halide is not the same. The big white thing is part of the ballast but not all. It is actually a transformer. They build things a little different over on this side of the pond. Our ballasts are all one piece and enclosed as a unit. Contact the manufacturer and see if can provide a replacement. On another not, the pins on the base of the lamp in that picture look to be corroded. Are you getting a lot of moisture in the fixture?
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Looking closer, I see where the pins are not corroded. Sorry.
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Apparently, there is no website for me to contact the manufacturers, so I guess i'll just have to shop around for a suitable lamp - hopefully one that clips on to the tank lol

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