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Bulbs keep burning out

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  1. Paccula

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    Hi all,

    so I'm maintaining one of those hang-on-the-wall AquaVista 500R aquariums, and recently the bulb burnt out. No big deal, I replace it with another. When I returned in two weeks, it was out again. Hmm... dud bulb? I replace with my second spare. Same result.
    If the ballast is dead would this be the result? The bulbs did work when I first put them in, but I'm not sure how long they stayed lit before they too died.
    Thanks all!
     
  2. carolinyens

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    Its prolly the ballast. Is it just one bulb? Ive seen setups that had 2 ballasts for multiple lamps and you can really tell then. Hooking up a new ballast isnt hard and might be able to find one at a home improvement store or if you have a local electrical supply even better. If you do change it out I would suggest taking pictures of which wires are going where so you dont get confused if you take the old one out if your not familiar with electrical work. Not sure what the cost will be. Id say around the 20 to 30 buck range but thats a guestimate
     
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    What bulb is supposed to go in the setup?
    It could be a ballast, bulb/tube/lamp, or dirty power issue.
     
  4. Paccula

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    It takes a single T4 12 watt 6400k bulb.
    The manufacturer's website offers a "lamp with ballast" for sale, and separately, "light bulb (2)".
    http://www.aquavistainc.com/buy_partsaccessories.html#
    By lamp I wonder if they are meaning a spare bulb, or if that is another replacement part.
    I've never replaced a ballast inside a unit like this before, and there aren't any instructions in the manual. This aught to be fun... :p
     
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    It sounds like you need their ballast for their light.
    Good luck.
     
  6. Paccula

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    Thanks a bunch, I'm ordering a replacement now
     

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