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  1. Converting Old Aquarium Lights
    by brianpi-at-tekig6.PEN.TEK.COM (Brian D Pimm) (11 Dec 91)
  2. Converting Old Aquarium Lights
    by brianpi-at-tekig6.PEN.TEK.COM (Brian D Pimm) (11 Dec 91)

Converting Old Aquarium Lights

by brianpi-at-tekig6.PEN.TEK.COM (Brian D Pimm)
Date: 11 Dec 91
Newsgroup: rec.aquaria

In article <11DEC199110053734-at-nssdca.gsfc.nasa.gov> g5rsn-at-nssdca.gsfc.nasa.gov (Robert S. Nerem (Steve)) writes:
>I have an old (8 years) Oceanic fluorescent aquarium light (55 gal.) 
>which I would like to convert to a "quickstart" switch so that I may 
>put the light on a timer. I understand that all new lights now have 

Steve,

I have done this a number of times. It is quite easy. You need to pick up
a starter and socket. or if you can't get a socket I have removed the can
on the starter and wired it in directly.  All you have to do is place the
starter in place of the warmup contacts of the switch. Most of the switches
that I have delt with have had black wires for the line switch and red 
wires for the warmup switch. Also to tell for sure the warmup wires will
go directly to the end caps, (one to each). cut the warmup wires and splice 
starter in place.


     Crude drawing follows
                                        line switch         line plug
                                             \              /-----|  
 __________________________________________o  \____________/      |----- 
 |                                                       --\      |-----
 |                            ---------                 |   \-----|  
 |  --------------------------|starter|---------------| |______________ 
 |  |                         ---------               |                | 
 |  |                                                 |-----------|    | 
 |  |                                                             |    | 
 |  |   |-----------------------------------------------------|   |    | 
 |  |---|                                                     |---|    | 
 |      |     light tube                                      |        | 
 |------|                                                     |--------| 
        |-----------------------------------------------------|          
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
Hope this helps

Brian


Converting Old Aquarium Lights

by brianpi-at-tekig6.PEN.TEK.COM (Brian D Pimm)
Date: 11 Dec 91
Newsgroup: rec.aquaria

In article <11DEC199110053734-at-nssdca.gsfc.nasa.gov> g5rsn-at-nssdca.gsfc.nasa.gov (Robert S. Nerem (Steve)) writes:
>I have an old (8 years) Oceanic fluorescent aquarium light (55 gal.) 
>which I would like to convert to a "quickstart" switch so that I may 
>put the light on a timer. I understand that all new lights now have 

Steve,

I have done this a number of times. It is quite easy. You need to pick up
a starter and socket. or if you can't get a socket I have removed the can
on the starter and wired it in directly.  All you have to do is place the
starter in place of the warmup contacts of the switch. Most of the switches
that I have delt with have had black wires for the line switch and red 
wires for the warmup switch. Also to tell for sure the warmup wires will
go directly to the end caps, (one to each). cut the warmup wires and splice 
starter in place.


     Crude drawing follows
                                        line switch         line plug
                                             \              /-----|  
 __________________________________________o  \____________/      |----- 
 |                                                       --\      |-----
 |                            ---------                 |   \-----|  
 |  --------------------------|starter|---------------| |______________ 
 |  |                         ---------               |                | 
 |  |                                                 |-----------|    | 
 |  |                                                             |    | 
 |  |   |-----------------------------------------------------|   |    | 
 |  |---|                                                     |---|    | 
 |      |     light tube                                      |        | 
 |------|                                                     |--------| 
        |-----------------------------------------------------|          
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
Hope this helps

Brian


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