Possible Decline in Coralife Bulb Quality?
Posted 02 May 2011 - 07:15 PM
I called the store and they told me to bring in both my bulb and my fixture, and they would see what they could do. I'm hoping they'll replace the bulb for me, since I don't want to shell out $20 for a new bulb every few weeks.
My fixture is plugged into a good surge protector, so I don't think electrical issues are to blame. I'm wondering if this could be a result of a decline in the quality of Coralife's bulbs.
Posted 02 May 2011 - 07:26 PM
Did you notice that the red wires are kind of tight against the ends of the bulbs? Mine can block the bulbs a bit.. I didn't know if that was an issue or not.
Posted 02 May 2011 - 08:19 PM
Posted 02 May 2011 - 09:28 PM
If your talking about these The colormax bulbs only lasted 1 or 2 months on each of mine, but the 6700 seem OK.
This. I've been only using 18w of my 36w possible on my fixture for months now of t5. The colormax was the one to go, after three monthsish. I have another colormax from a mistaken fixture order, so I have 36w at the moment, but my 6700 has lasted about seven months at this point. So perhaps the lower bulb life is with the colormax bulbs.
Posted 02 May 2011 - 09:33 PM
Posted 07 May 2011 - 04:27 PM
Posted 08 May 2011 - 12:11 PM
Posted 08 May 2011 - 03:10 PM
How old is your fixture? Also are the bulbs burning out in both positions on the fixture, or just one? I'll be honest, I wouldn't be at all surprised if it was just bad bulbs, but sometimes a ballast that's on its way out will cause bulbs to burn out more quickly.
The fixture is 3 or 4 years old. The first time the bulbs went out prematurely, both positions burned out within a short time period. This time, one bulb burned out after one week, while the other bulb has been running for 2 months.
I'm not noticing any flickering or trouble starting up, which makes me lean more towards bad bulbs than a dying ballast.
Posted 27 May 2011 - 08:55 PM
Posted 27 May 2011 - 09:04 PM
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