Where To Get 15w Ballasts

BINKSY1973

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Well my Ballast has packed up on my Fluval Duo 600 Deep tank, i have had it apart and can get to the ballast no problem, but am trying to source a 2x15w ballast, maybe electronic at the right price, can get the 18w ones no problem on ebay for about £6.00. Maybe one of the 18w ones would do, but i think it would shorten the lamp life quite a lot. So has anyone any ideas?


Cheers Gordon.
 

Themuleous

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I cant help with sourcing one, but you dont really want to be running 15w bulbs on a 18w ballast, as I understand it, it can overheat the bulb and break it. Potential fire hazard and all.

Sam
 

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I have been using an arcadia 18W T8 ballast on a 15w tube on my shrimp tank since June, no problems so far!
 

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You'll be fine with an 18W magnetic ballast, the lamp will just fail slightly prematurely, but if you go with an 18W electronic ballast you may find it shutting down then restarting a few minutes after. It'll vary from brand to brand.
 

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BTW i just purchased an "Arcadia Flourescent Lighting Controller 14w to 16w" for £6 on ebay, this is for my second shrimp tank that I have on the works. ;) check ebay always good bargains there.
 
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