Where To Get 15w Ballasts

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by BINKSY1973, 15 Dec 2008.

  1. BINKSY1973

    BINKSY1973 Member

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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.
     
  2. Themuleous

    Themuleous Member

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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
     
  3. LondonDragon

    LondonDragon Administrator Staff Member

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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!
     
  4. SteveyG

    SteveyG Member

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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.
     
  5. Luketendo

    Luketendo Member

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    Perhaps an excuse to upgrade to T5s? It's just they're easier to source.
     
  6. LondonDragon

    LondonDragon Administrator Staff Member

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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.
     
  7. BINKSY1973

    BINKSY1973 Member

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    Thanks for the advice guys. I will take a look on ebay.


    Cheers Gordon.
     

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