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#1 always4lora

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 04:05 PM

got 2 24 w t5 tubes of ebay and got a arcadia dual t5 controller, never had either of them on as i've just got them this last week. when i turn on the lights either end of the tubes light up for a little bit then go off. ive tried both bulbs neither work both do the same . any ideas?

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 04:06 PM

got 2 24 w t5 tubes of ebay and got a arcadia dual t5 controller, never had either of them on as i've just got them this last week. when i turn on the lights either end of the tubes light up for a little bit then go off. ive tried both bulbs neither work both do the same . any ideas?


Starter motor might be busted, id get another and try that they are only a few quid!

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 04:10 PM

as far as i was aware t5 don't use starter motor's as its electronically done?

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 06:27 PM

no clue bout lights but lifes a b**** when the light dont work
mine were out for a week cause stupid tetra cant design a proper tank

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 07:41 PM

bump anyone?

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 07:43 PM

yeh T5's dont use a starter, they have an electronic ballast. try new tubes and if not the ballast is buggered

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 08:59 PM

i tried the two bulbs that i bought , however i only did on e bulb at a time does it require both to work in at the same time?

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 09:01 PM

i guess so

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 01:43 PM

Hmm one of my light's has a rattle to it , if one is faulty will the controller not light just one of the lights or does it need a complete circuit?still can't work out if it is the controller or the lamps . dont wanna go buying more if its not needed.

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 02:49 PM

Hmm one of my light's has a rattle to it , if one is faulty will the controller not light just one of the lights or does it need a complete circuit?still can't work out if it is the controller or the lamps . dont wanna go buying more if its not needed.

just check they dont have a negative and positive make sure there in right ends see if that works mate

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 02:55 PM

tubes dont have a positive and negative, because they use Alternating current where the electrons switch direction many times a second, mains is AC.

batteries produce DC which travels in one direction, + to - if i remember correctly

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 04:18 PM

http://www.thelightb...HighOutput.aspx

are these ok? cheaper than the arcadia ones.

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 05:09 PM

yes just make sure theyre the same wattage

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 09:56 PM

it was one of the bulbs that were faulty which was stopping both working. now works fine . thanks for the help




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