Light stopped working - replace ballast or retrofit LED?

Discussion in 'DIY' started by weeple2000, Aug 25, 2015.

  1. weeple2000

    weeple2000 Member

    Hi,

    I believe I have a bad ballast in one of the T8 tubes in my 55 gallon aquarium. The lights are florescent from the 90s. I have a bulb that will work in one light and not the other. I tested both starters, they both work. I suspect the ballast is bad in one of the lights.

    I have the following markings on it:

    cat no sp2 ballast 12 22w 33 amp type 1 753h

    I was trying to figure out where I could find a compatible replacement, and I came across someone suggesting to retrofit the light for LED instead of replacing the ballast. Could someone point me in the right direction?

    The tank has African Cichlids in it, very little plants.

    Thanks,
    Andy
  2. AssassinJimmie

    AssassinJimmie Chris B

    You can find 4' Daylight LED bulbs that fit in a T8 or T12 at menards $20 each. You can use these in a shop light that cost about $10. Probably not quite the answer you are looking for but it's a cheap easy replacement.

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