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Snailpuffer
02-01-2015, 07:07 AM
Hello Canreefers,

For my love of sps corals and wanting them to grow faster than using LED. I got myself a large lumen bright MH pendant. It comes with a socket connecting to a cord and this cord has one ring terminal and two wires (one white and one black). On the other hand, the ballast I bought also comes with a cord that has one ring terminal and two wires (one white and one black).

So I got myself some wire connectors and the guy at home depot told me that I can use a metal socket. Not knowing any electricals, I just wanted to make sure that I've got the right parts to properly ground the ring terminals together.

Any help/advise is appreciated.

The pendant is hung on top of my tank for over a week already. So I'm eager to light it up!

Here are some pics.

Lumen Pendant
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e157/tnkw/Mobile%20Uploads/20150120_173327_zpszkl5ftqk.jpg

The two ring terminals and black and white wires
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e157/tnkw/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG-20150129-WA0002_zpsong7ta0k.jpeg

The metal socket I've got from home depot to ground the two ring terminals.
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e157/tnkw/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG-20150129-WA0000_zpsfddl9qwf.jpeg

Many Thanks in Advance!

WarDog
02-01-2015, 10:16 AM
Looks like you are good to go.

Ensure your ballast is unplugged from your power source.
Remove any 2 metal punch outs, of your choice, from the box.
Insert cable connectors into punch out holes.
Mount box using provided screw holes (optional, but highly recommended).
Feed wires into box, connecting the grounds (green) together to the box with the grounding screw.
Connect white to white, and black to black, using the correct size marettes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twist-on_wire_connector
Make sure no wire is protruding from the marettes, and carefully tuck them into the box.
Attach cover plate. You're done.
Plug in ballast to power source.
Post photos of your corals under the new lights!

Proteus
02-01-2015, 04:13 PM
Personally I like to put plug ends on.

Aquattro
02-01-2015, 04:57 PM
Personally I like to put plug ends on.

Same. DIY quick disconnects!

WarDog
02-01-2015, 08:17 PM
Personally I like to put plug ends on.

Same. DIY quick disconnects!

+1

Snailpuffer
02-01-2015, 11:58 PM
Looks like you are good to go.

Ensure your ballast is unplugged from your power source.
Remove any 2 metal punch outs, of your choice, from the box.
Insert cable connectors into punch out holes.
Mount box using provided screw holes (optional, but highly recommended).
Feed wires into box, connecting the grounds (green) together to the box with the grounding screw.
Connect white to white, and black to black, using the correct size marettes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twist-on_wire_connector
Make sure no wire is protruding from the marettes, and carefully tuck them into the box.
Attach cover plate. You're done.
Plug in ballast to power source.
Post photos of your corals under the new lights!

Personally I like to put plug ends on.

Thank you All for your Advices!!!! That's why I love this forum so much! Always a good source of advices, livestock and equipments!

I will hook it up tonight!

Snailpuffer
02-02-2015, 06:22 AM
Hey There,

So here it is. The huge pendant is lighted!

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e157/tnkw/Mobile%20Uploads/20150201_201927_zps4ynldlsx.jpg

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e157/tnkw/Mobile%20Uploads/20150201_203634_zpsop2eaqhk.jpg
Should I be worried about the small deflection on the PVc pipe? It's 3/4" PVC Sch 40 pipe. The deflection is actually not as bad if you look directly from the front.

Here are some pictures when I just got my sps corals... when their colour were still... nice. Pictures taken under AI Sol Blue but light was adjusted so that they look like what they are in the MH tank that I got them from.
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e157/tnkw/Mobile%20Uploads/20150111_193233_zpscqfy9fsj.jpg
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e157/tnkw/Mobile%20Uploads/20150111_193222_zpshbncg0x4.jpg
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e157/tnkw/Mobile%20Uploads/20150111_193213_zpsvi9rnjew.jpg
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e157/tnkw/Mobile%20Uploads/20141219_115011_zpsfinhjoaq.jpg
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e157/tnkw/Mobile%20Uploads/20141219_114942_zpsi5q7t38f.jpg
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e157/tnkw/Mobile%20Uploads/20141219_115016_zpsiytahmp1.jpg

Pictures taken as of today under new MH light after the corals has been in my tank for about a month. After a chemical warfare, high nitrate, probably too much blue light from the Sol and brown jelly disease as a result of the chemical warfare.
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e157/tnkw/Mobile%20Uploads/20150201_211717_zps6nrhx0ll.jpg
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e157/tnkw/Mobile%20Uploads/20150201_211530_zpskw9wrtic.jpg
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e157/tnkw/Mobile%20Uploads/20150201_211524_zpskyfqxcno.jpg
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e157/tnkw/Mobile%20Uploads/20150201_211541_zpsplfhvyei.jpg
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e157/tnkw/Mobile%20Uploads/20150201_211620_zpshepxnol0.jpg
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e157/tnkw/Mobile%20Uploads/20150201_211549_zpsyscsxxhn.jpg

I hope the colours will come back soon on my corals. The red planet is actually starting to encrust onto the putty.

WarDog
02-02-2015, 07:09 AM
Holy grow show Batman! That is one bright puppy, and speaking of puppies... yours doesn't look too impressed, lol!

Aquattro
02-02-2015, 07:21 AM
That seems pretty high off the tank!

Snailpuffer
02-02-2015, 08:57 AM
I'm hanging it higher to let my corals slowly adjust to the light. The pendant and socket is hung on an adjustable chain so I can lower it if I need to.

Sebae again
02-03-2015, 03:54 AM
When I had my Lumen Brite pendant set up, I suspended a black egg crate panel in front of it . It really helped to keep the light spillage down. Can also use white egg crate and paint it black with Krylon Fusion spray paint.

Sebae again
02-03-2015, 03:56 AM
WarDog, he thinks it is the sun . My dogs love to lay in the sun :)

Snailpuffer
02-03-2015, 05:53 AM
Hi Sebae,

Thanks for your advice. I was thinking what to use if the light is too much for my corals.