i'd like to remind everyone to check your lights (and any other power equipment you use). before today, i have never done any "inspections" per se, but i did lable when i changed the bulbs in my 2, 4' dual bulb fixtures.
today, i had to move the lights on top of the 55 to get into the tank, and one flickered a bit, and seemed kind of warm (more than usual). it had been flickering a little when i would move it for a few days now, so i didn't really think too much about it, but as soon as i moved it, the fixture went out, like both bulbs died at the exact same time. upon further inspection, one of the the sockets for the bulbs was about 20% melted away, and one of the prongs on the bulb itself was loose. not good. luckily, i found everything before any other potential damage happened. all in all, i'm out 1 bulb and a fixture ($15.00 total).
i don't know what happened to cause this, nor do i really care. i'm just happy that i caught it before anything else happened.
now, go check your lights!