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    hello everyone,

    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!

    peace all,
    technoracer
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    You're luckily! One of my cooling fans (stupidly bought second-hand) almost blew up in my face after giving off a narsty smell. The spark was, what, a foot high? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] Good thing I still have my head (but not the fan, duh, my father MADE me ditch it, saying that I'm luckily, and I am, just wasted $5 instead of my head, now that's lucky! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Is yours DIY? I only have one (well made - bought FIRST-hand now) so I don't really need to check it, it the DIY ones that need checking, might blow up any time...like technoracer said, CHECK your *equipment*, and don't buy no 2nd hand stuff, so that I feel that I almost 'died' for a cause, at least... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Better to use other ppl's *hard earned* experiences rather than having to learn yourselves, otherwise we'll have quite a number of accidents (+ a low population), especially around here... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Jason,
    I don't mean to make you feel bad, but I have noticed that a lot of times you post several times in a row when you could have just posted it all at once. If you have something to add, just edit please. Makes it easier on all of us... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    no, my lights are not DIY. i buy them at the store, just like many of you do. please do not think that just because you bought your light/ fans/ whatever at a store that they will never ever fail. sure, i might have been the 1 person in 1 thousand that had one fail, but i feel i am lucky just the same.

    it would have sucked to have that thing catch fire while i was at work today, and take the house and everything i own with it, ya know?

    tech...
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    I used to sometimes stack my florescent lights on top of each other when I was checking on the plants. Forgot about them one day, and they melted together. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]

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