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Can I Turn A 2 bulb GLO T5 into a 1 bulb Fixture?

11 years 11 months ago #19122 by homer

Why go thru all that? With the UV, it ain't necessary. Or sell it to a saltwater or Tropheus keeper. You'll sell it for more than enough to cover the cost of a new light.  Way too much effort with re-wiring etc.



there ya go, if you have a UV coming be PATIENT!, and just leave the lights off for a bit


thats the plan then i will run dark till i get the sterilizer and then run limited lighting on top of that, like stated before, they do not need the light. The light is for my benefit

Thanks Guys!  :)
Jim

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11 years 11 months ago #19121 by homer

Or offer to trade with someone....

Better then making a mistake! IMHO.

;D


true if i blow it up then i am S.O.L.

See you guys are my common sense when i have none  ;D

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11 years 11 months ago #19120 by homer

Why go thru all that? With the UV, it ain't necessary. Or sell it to a saltwater or Tropheus keeper. You'll sell it for more than enough to cover the cost of a new light.  Way too much effort with re-wiring etc.


Good point to wait till i install the sterilizer and then see where to go form there

but it takes the fun out of "fixing" it  :o

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11 years 11 months ago #19119 by Kegger22

Why go thru all that? With the UV, it ain't necessary. Or sell it to a saltwater or Tropheus keeper. You'll sell it for more than enough to cover the cost of a new light.  Way too much effort with re-wiring etc.



there ya go, if you have a UV coming be PATIENT!, and just leave the lights off for a bit

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11 years 11 months ago #19118 by nuth88
Or offer to trade with someone....

Better then making a mistake! IMHO.

;D

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(The Stranger - 6/1998)

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11 years 11 months ago #19116 by sawboy2
Why go thru all that? With the UV, it ain't necessary. Or sell it to a saltwater or Tropheus keeper. You'll sell it for more than enough to cover the cost of a new light.  Way too much effort with re-wiring etc.

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11 years 11 months ago #19115 by homer

while Klassic is correct in most circumstances it sounds as if this unit since it's t-5 and lower wattage usage that they used only 1 circuit and daisy chained the two together, have to remeber that electricity needs to make a complete loop back to itself and what they did with this unit was take 1 wire from the ballast and start at 1 end of the bulb and then flowed it to the other before it comes back to where it started to complete the loop. to counter this it can be done 1 of 2 different ways, you can either open the fixture up and rewire it so the power gets split between the 2 bulbs or if you really want to get creative you can mimmick the 2nd bulb by getting some 14 gage solid wire and stripping off the ends just enough to fit into the sockets(just make darn sure the unit is unplugged first before trying this)


I wanted to try the wire but don't want to blow it up.......

think i will open whole fixture and wire up to be individual

thanks
Jim

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11 years 11 months ago #19114 by Kegger22
while Klassic is correct in most circumstances it sounds as if this unit since it's t-5 and lower wattage usage that they used only 1 circuit and daisy chained the two together, have to remeber that electricity needs to make a complete loop back to itself and what they did with this unit was take 1 wire from the ballast and start at 1 end of the bulb and then flowed it to the other before it comes back to where it started to complete the loop. to counter this it can be done 1 of 2 different ways, you can either open the fixture up and rewire it so the power gets split between the 2 bulbs or if you really want to get creative you can mimmick the 2nd bulb by getting some 14 gage solid wire and stripping off the ends just enough to fit into the sockets(just make darn sure the unit is unplugged first before trying this)

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11 years 11 months ago #19113 by klassichobbies
well remembering my crash course in electrical circuits in 8th grade i remember there are two types of circuits. one that has one path and another that has multiple paths. if im correct, lights with two lights have more than one path, so in theory you can run only one light bulb. the only way is to test it out  :D

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11 years 11 months ago #19112 by dragonkeeper
I have no idea. I use basic lights on my tanks.

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