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Old 12-19-2014, 12:13 PM   #1
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ZooMed UltraSun 10w CFL fire

has anyone had problems with these? I had one burn out yesterday, literally. Smoke was coming from the base and the tube was turning black. Luckily I was in the office when it happened and turned everything off before anything else could happen. It says on the box to replace once a year, its only been 60 days.
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Old 12-19-2014, 08:17 PM   #2
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WOW, could you post a pic of your light? I have an ultrasun from Zoomed but I am not sure which model.
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Old 12-20-2014, 01:31 PM   #3
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talked to zoomed yesterday, they will replace it and they want to see the faulty one. She said it was likely the ballast.
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Old 12-20-2014, 03:29 PM   #4
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Oh this isn't what I have. I'm glad they have good customer service and support.

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Old 12-21-2014, 06:57 AM   #5
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ZooMed UltraSun 10w CFL fire

I've used these for years without an issue. I use them sideways in a cheap incandescent 10g kit hood

Glad to hear you caught it before it got worse.

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Reading the reviews it seems you are not the only one with problems.
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:36 PM   #7
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I just had one go out last week. I bought two of them for my nano tank. It lasted about a month but the other is still working. I read the reviews after it went out and it is common. I won't be buying them any more
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Old 12-22-2014, 11:19 PM   #8
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I have been using aqueon 50/50 daylight 10w lamp x 2 on my 10 gallon and a Corallife 10w daylight bulb on my 2.5 gallon. So far I have not any problems after 3 months and my plants are doing awesome highly receding any of those brands. About $10 a bulb. And both have very similar light outputs.
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What kind of plants do you grow? I actually have two of those 50/50 bulbs but took them out in favor of the daylight bulbs
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50/50s aren't ideal for Planted tanks AFAIK. But if they work for you, then that's fine.

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