Hot UV

Hot UV

Postby KathyL » Sat Sep 19, 2009 12:17 am

I replaced my UV bulb on a 40 watt instrument, and in the course of checking for leaks, i felt the body and it was hotter than room or aquarium temperature. Is this normal? I unplugged it for fear that it is not. My other UV is not hot.

I am seeking advice from experienced aquarists...please.
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Re: Hot UV

Postby FuEl » Sat Sep 19, 2009 1:31 am

Hi Kathy,

The ballast will be warm/hot. The body of the UV itself should not be hot. It might be warm, depending on the water flow through it.
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Re: Hot UV

Postby KathyL » Sat Sep 19, 2009 8:01 am

That's what I'm afraid of....
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Re: Hot UV

Postby spawner » Sat Sep 19, 2009 8:44 am

What brand?
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Re: Hot UV

Postby Fishboy42 » Sun Sep 20, 2009 9:27 pm

Is it a Pentair? The housings get hot when the UV has burned through the sleeve. I've heard (LFS owner/friend) that they can eventually break altogether, especially on holidays (I'm worried about this too since we've still got a few of those...)
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