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Re: [APD] Failed CF Retrofit - Don't let it happen to you!
Speaking of failed retrofit kits. I thought I might warn everybody that there
is a company selling retrofit PC kits on Ebay for ridiculously low prices...
you get what you pay for. They do come with a Fulham Workhorse 7 ballast which
is good and the bulbs appear to be ok... but the reflector, clamps, and
endcaps are CRAP! I got a dual 96watt CF retrofit for $99... even with a crap
reflector etc. it's not a bad price for a ballast and two bulbs, but you
shouldn't trust the reflector, endcaps, and clamps. I was stupid and trusted
them and the bulbs fell out, breaking one of them. $99 isn't a good price for
1 bulb and a ballast. I was upset with them, but mostly I was upset with
myself. They did agree to let me send it back for a refund, but I would lose
what I spent on shipping and would have to pay to ship it back, by that time I
decided it was cheaper just to buy another bulb. So if you want to get some
bulbs and a ballast all pre-wired, its a decent deal, but DON'T trust the
clamps and endcaps to hold those bulbs!
I also have a question, Bob mentioned that his bulbs burned out because he had
just attached the reflector to the bottom of the hood and he thought they
might have overheated. I am mounting mine inside a wooden canopy, should I put
some blocks or something between the canopy and the reflector so there is some
room for heat to dissipate? I haven't had a chance to reset it up and let it
run for an extended amount of time (after my incident), so I don't know if
attaching it directly to the wood of the hood will pose a problem. I was going
to mount a couple 8cm fans in the back of the canopy. Any ideas on how to
prevent what happened to Bob from happening to me?
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