Hamilton 36inch actinics don't last - help.

reefames

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hi.
I have a problem with my 1998 36" Hamilton hood, specifically the 2 X fluorescent actinics. I *used* to get months of life from the bulbs but recently, past year, i'm lucky to get a few weeks before one or both bulbs show problems, (blackening on the ends and or bulb flickering). I just went through 10 X Aqueon bulbs from Petco this past month (March). Petco was nice enough to refund my purchase ($94).

The hamilton hood is old... i get that. Besides this issue, the main bulb (175Watt) and setup work very well.

Could the Aqeon bulb brand be the issue? or, is this a sign that the another part of the system (ballast ?) is on its way out? NOTE: i used to purchase replacement bulbs from Coralife but those are hard to find these days, (another sign that my lighting system is way out of date..?)

anyone have a similar issue(s)?

thanks.
 

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Thinking this out further (overnight) its time to replace my setup with a new one from Hamilton - '3 ft Cebu Sun Systems - 175 Watt' should do the trick.

20 years with my existing Light has been a good run :)
 

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