hello, i am not an electrican, but iam trying to replace the flourescent fixtures in my aquarium with compact flourescents. i have decided to do it myself as opposed to spending $500.00 for a pre-manufactured fixture. the bulbs are 55 watt compacts. i hve asked a few hardware stores for help but they dont have much knowedge about compacts. what kind of ballast would i purchase?
I personally think that there is no reason to replace your fluorescents with Compact Fluorescsents. You're in good shape with the U/L listed original unit, which is pretty efficient. If you're doing this to save electricity, Thanks Does the aquarium run on a GFI?
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DSpark Compact fluorescents do not have built in ballasts. The downlight above me has 2 reactor ballasts and 2 PL-13 lamps. The 10 I hooked up yesterday had electronic 2 lamp ballasts. The Edison base retros here at the house can be separated by simply unplugging the lamp from the ballast/base combination. Your statement is totally false.
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More than happy to oblige, but I don't know how to post it, so I'll have to send it to Bill. (BTW, I did find one @ home that doesn't come apart from the Edison base).
Here you go:
Shown are 2 compact fluorescent lamps, a Phillips PL-S13W/27, & a Sylvania CF13DD/E/835 Also 2 compact fluorescent downlight housings; one magnetic, the other electronic ballasted. One wall fixture with 2 compact fluorescent ballasts. A compact fluorescent lampholder with the wires that connect to the ballast.
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