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Twinstar Light Connector running temp

adavin

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Hi
Could anyway advise on the how warm the connector gets between the light and the power adaptor on the Twinstar 900/600 light units.

Do these run quite warm?

Thanks

Vin
 

dino21

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Hi,

Is it a connector within the flex or a connector that plugs into the body of the light unit ?

Basically any such connector thats getting hotter than the surrounding area is faulty or under rated.

You could try cleaning the plug and socket, but long term you are better replacing it.

If the socket is part of the light unit, it could be an internal fault like a 'dry ' joint, needing the socket resoldering or replacing.
 

adavin

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Hi,

Is it a connector within the flex or a connector that plugs into the body of the light unit ?

Basically any such connector thats getting hotter than the surrounding area is faulty or under rated.

You could try cleaning the plug and socket, but long term you are better replacing it.

If the socket is part of the light unit, it could be an internal fault like a 'dry ' joint, needing the socket resoldering or replacing.

It's a connector within the flex. Allows the user to move the lamp away from the tank. I've been reading these do run warm to touch.

Thanks
 

dino21

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Is it a connector like this ? see below.

Those lighting units take 45W and 55W which is approx 4 A and 5A
The highest available rating of that type of inline power plug is 5A, so if its running at full power there is little headroom, so its likely to run warm - ie a warning that its not right.

Thought you can buy 5A Plugs, cannot find any matching Inline Sockets, so best to contact the makers and see if they will sell a new pair of connectors ?
Plenty of other connectors you can use/buy but not as neat looking.
 

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dino21

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Just found this uk supplier selling inline plugs and sockets rated at 5A, though they do need to be soldered on.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5-5mm-x-...218077?hash=item484d38df1d:g:1wwAAOSwv0tVCa72

...of course it does not overcome the original problem of the connectors being under rated, better using something rated at 7/8 or 10 Amp to avoid the overheating.

Probably not going to happen on such a dc small connector, but any electrical plug or socket that is running warm or hot is a real danger, eg fire /electrocution, and should not be ignored.
 

adavin

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Just found this uk supplier selling inline plugs and sockets rated at 5A, though they do need to be soldered on.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5-5mm-x-...218077?hash=item484d38df1d:g:1wwAAOSwv0tVCa72

...of course it does not overcome the original problem of the connectors being under rated, better using something rated at 7/8 or 10 Amp to avoid the overheating.
Thanks Dino, I've also placed this on a direct socket rather than on an extension which has made some difference.
 

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