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Bulb or Ballast?


lnglostsurfer

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lnglostsurfer

So I've had this fixture about 2 months and the actinic side of my 50/50 bulb went out. It's a 36 watt power compact and I'm not too familiar with power compact bulbs, fixtures, or anything about them. Does anyone know if that would be the bulb itself burning halfway out or if the ballast just isn't producing enough power? If it's the bulb I might replace it but if it's the ballast I will probably just get a new light altogether, didn't pay much for the light to begin with. Thanks for the help!

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First thing to test is take the working bulb and plug it in the other socket. If it works, the ballast is ok, and the bulb is toast. If the good bulb doesn't fire, then it's the ballast.

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lnglostsurfer

Unfortunately it's a single bulb fixture, sitting over my 10 gallon tank. So I don't really have that option. I just wasn't sure if one half of a power compact bulb could even burn out or if it was a power issue. Not sure if it would be worth buying a new bulb or just a whole new fixture.

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