03-09-2008, 11:21 AM
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Seattle, WA
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| | Re: Light timer
Newbie myself, but have some recent experience in this area. My old setup had a 20 watt standard flo strip light with magnetic ballast over the tank and a lower cost Intermatic "Appliance Timer" which was rated of 1875 watts and it worked well.
My current setup has a AH Supply 96 watt compact flo light with an electronic ballast and when I tried the new light on the old timer the timer almost immediately got very hot and started to smell. I immediately unplugged it, went to Home Depot, and purchased an Intermatic "Heavy Duty" timer. It handles the 3 prong ground plugs, and it is working well on my system with no heat problems.
Hope this helps!
Last edited by Seattle_Aquarist; 03-09-2008 at 11:35 AM..