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HELP! Light out, dont know what to do!


sandlot13

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ALrighty, so yesterday I came home to find my tank light off and the breaker to the room tripped. I got the pumps running again, but everytime I plugged the light back in (150W Metal Halide HOB Coralife) it shorted out the breaker again. There was also a very metallic smell coming from the ballast.

 

What do I do? Im feel like my light is shot, but I hope it isnt....... any suggestions?

 

I guess the real problem is, how long can my corals go without light and still be okay? If this isnt a quick fix, i might have to either sell all my livestock or have some place hold it for me.........

 

please help!

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Are you over your amperage load for the breaker?

 

What else is on that system ?

 

edit - DONT replace a 20A with a 30A+ breaker...it'll fry your electrical wiring in the walls

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dericthomas
ALrighty, so yesterday I came home to find my tank light off and the breaker to the room tripped. I got the pumps running again, but everytime I plugged the light back in (150W Metal Halide HOB Coralife) it shorted out the breaker again. There was also a very metallic smell coming from the ballast.

 

What do I do? Im feel like my light is shot, but I hope it isnt....... any suggestions?

 

I guess the real problem is, how long can my corals go without light and still be okay? If this isnt a quick fix, i might have to either sell all my livestock or have some place hold it for me.........

 

please help!

 

Try pluging it in to a different circuit to see if your light is poping the breaker or if the circuit your tank is on is overloaded first.

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i havent changed the amount of plugins on the circuit, so i dont believe that that is the problem.

 

I'll try to plug it in to a different circuit when I get home to see what happens

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