hope hes right
my halides fired up fine early this morning, but i came back 2 hours later around 11am, and something smelt a bit bad in the basement. i looked at my 125g, and my 150w metal halide pendent was not giving any light and was making a clicking noise
i figured the ballast was done for or something, but i ran it to the reef store i go to. the guy checked my fuse which was fine, and when he plugged everything in, the bulb fired for 2 seconds, then it died and a poof of smoke came from the pendent
he said its probably the bulb, and took a new bulb out of the package to try it, but they lost the phillips screwdrivers to remove the cover to change the bulb. i ordered a new bulb today, but does this sound like the bulb? the fixture is 6 months old, but the bulb is probably crappy (got it with the fixture)
Bulbs are sealed, so the smoke wouldn't have come from there. Sounds like the ballast to me, but I don't have personal experience with those lights so am just giving you an educated idea.
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the ballast is external (therse a 6 foot power cord from the ballast to the pendent) so i might need a new pendent
EDIT- just took apart the pendent, and i think it is the bulb. the inside of the bulb has loose flakes allover and smells funky
Last edited by cocoa_pleco; 11-20-2008 at 12:31 AM.
I dunno cocoa, sounds to me like the ballast blew the bulb...wanna bet 500 pts when u pop in the new bulb something bad happens? lol j/k i hope not, but really i think it is the ballast. Ive never had a bulb go out like that
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Originally Posted by The Wedge
but with if the ballast caused it, wouldnt the fuse on the ballast have blown? i asked a guy on another forum (halide pro) and he thinks its the bulb. i'll know when i get a new bulb in a few days
Last edited by cocoa_pleco; 11-20-2008 at 03:25 AM.
just took the light apart, and found out what it was. some wires are black and would have caught fire, i need a new pendent :(
Well I guess me telling you to look for a short is a little late you found it. I had the same thing happen on my shop lights and it was a short in the wires inside the pendents.
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think its fixable? i might call a electronic repair place, the wires just a bit charred about 3" inside the pendent
Doesnt sound unrepairable to me, is it worth the money is the question, or can you get someone to walk you through it?
Originally Posted by cocoa_pleco
I should have bet the 500 huh lol sorry about ur bad luck bud