Sleek T-5 fluorescent light fixture loaded with high-end features
420/460nm lamps produce a mix of actinic and blue light to benefit corals and enhance colors
Built-in digital timer for complete control of aquarium lighting
T-5 high output system for the hobbyist who wants complete and precise lighting control. Includes special 420/460nm lamps which produce a mix of actinic and blue light to benefit corals and enhance color, 10000°K lamps with high PAR value that help corals to photosynthesize and Purple lamps that beautifully accentuate red pigments in corals. System offers precise independent control of dual actinic lamps, 10K/Purple lamps, and lunar LEDs with a 3-channel digital timer. German-made reflectors maximize light output and aluminum housing dissipates heat away from fixture. Built-in fans on 36", 48", and 72" also help keep fixture cool. Internal electronic ballast. Stylish anodized gloss and matte finish. 4-pack Frame Mounts included.
Compact Suspension Hardware available separately for unique mounting options.
Please click on "More Information" for installation and maintenance guide.
Installation Tools required for installation: Phillips #2 Screwdriver
The Aquatic Life T5 HO Marine Light Fixture is shipped with the Lamps. However, the shipping materials will need to be removed prior to operation. Place the light fixture upside down on a surface that will not mar or scratch the finish. Tip: Use a large towel under the fixture while removing the shipping materials to avoid scratching the fixture.
Slide the Acrylic Lens Cover out of the fixture.
Remove the packing materials. Note: The Lamps will be packaged under the packing materials, do not discard.
Your new fixture includes a plastic film on the Lens Cover to protect it during shipping. Peel the protective film off both sides of the Acrylic Lens Cover. Note: DO NOT replace the Acrylic Lens Cover until the Aquarium Frame Mounts have been attached.
The Lamps are packaged in a protective tube to help eliminate damage during shipping.
Remove the Lamps from their protective tubes.
T-5 HO Lamps use a mini bi-pin connection to make contact with the fixture's sockets. To install, insert both ends of the Lamp into sockets and rotate 90 degrees. The mini bi-pin connections should now be horizontal in the socket.
Install Lamps in the following sequence:
1st 10,000°K Lamp, in sockets closest to front of fixture
2nd 420/460 Lamp, in second sockets from front of fixture
3rd 10,000°K Lamp, in third sockets from front of fixture
4th 420/460 Lamp, in sockets closest to back of fixture
The Timer will control the Lamps in the above arrangement. Any change in the sequence of Lamps will change the Timer's ability to control the Lamps as designed.
Aquarium Frame Mounts
With the small End Plate still removed, attach the four Aquarium Frame Mounts. Slide the metal anchors into the channel located on the bottom side of the light fixture. Place two anchors per channel; two for the front and two for the back.
Place each Aquarium Frame Mount over a metal Anchor and insert the included screw through the Mount and into the Anchor. Tighten the screw until the Anchor pulls against the inside of the channel and secures the Mount to the fixture. Note: Not all of the Aquarium Frame Mounts are the same. Position the Mounts so that the horizontal ribs in the side of the Mount point away from the fixture. The Mounts are designed to angle away from the fixture to provide a wide stable base.
Slide the Acrylic Lens Cover back into the track.
Place the fixture over a covered aquarium and adjust (slide) the Aquarium Frame Mounts so that the base of each Mount is firmly resting on the aquarium frame. Tighten the screws to secure the Mounts to the fixture.
Suspension System (Optional Accessory)
The light fixture can be hung from overhead supports with optional suspension hardware. The fixture is equipped with Mounting Points on the housing for easy connection. Refer to the Installation Guide included with the suspension hardware.
The AquaticLife Marine Light Fixture is equipped with a built-in Digital Timer and a single power cord. The Timer enables independent control of three lighting Zones in the fixture. Connect the power cord into a grounded outlet (GFCI). The display will illuminate when power is supplied.
The Digital Timer controls three Zones in the Marine Light Fixture: 10,000°K Lamps, 420/460 Lamps and Lunar LED's. Each of these Zones can be programmed to operate at different times throughout the day.
Reset Button: To reset the timer to its pre-programmed settings, press the Reset Button in the middle of the Timer Panel. A paper clip or similar small object will be needed to press the Reset Button. When the Reset Button is pressed the LED lights will turn on, the 420/460 and 10,000°K lamps will turn off, and the clock will display 0:00.
Setting the Time
Press CLOCK on the Control Panel and the time will begin to flash. Press and hold the HR or MIN buttons to scroll to the current time.
The clock is equipped with a quick summertime mode, that forwards the clock ahead one hour. Press both the "HR" and "MIN" at the same time and the clock will advance one hour and display S in the top right corner of the display. To change back to standard time, repeat the step above and the time will revert back one hour. The S on the display will disappear.
Zone Programming: Setting the on/off times for the Lamps to operate.
Press both the "PROG" button and the button of the Lamp type that you want to set at the same time (10,000°K, 420/460 or LED). Three arrows above the Lamp type that is being programmed will begin to flash. START will appear on the display. Note: The clock displays a 24 hour format instead of AM or PM.
Press and hold the HR or MIN buttons to adjust the START time.
Press PROG to scroll to the END time.
Press and hold the HR or MIN buttons to adjust the END time. This is the time the Lamps will power off.
Press CLOCK to return to the current time. The current time will automatically display if there is no activity for 60 seconds.
Repeat steps 1 through 5 for each Lamp type (Zone) that requires a new time of operation.
Pre-Programmed Times of Operation:
For ease of use, the individual Lamp types are pre-programmed with START and END times. If the timer is in the pre-programmed mode, the display will show an R in the right hand corner of the display. NOTE: When the programmed on/off times are activated, a triangle indicator will appear on the digital display above. AUTO: Press the button of the Lamp type to toggle between the ON/AUTO/OFF modes.
10,000°K-Start 9:00-END 17:00
420/460-Start 8:00-END 20:00
LED-Start 20:00-END 6:00
To override the timer during normal operation, press the button of the desired Lamp. Press the button until the display triangle appears above the ON of the Lamp selected. To turn OFF, press the button of the desired Lamp. To return to the AUTO mode, press the desired Lamp button until the display triangle appears above AUTO.
Unplug the Marine Light Fixture and wipe the housing with a clean moist/semi-dry cloth to remove dust, salt and other debris that may have built-up on the fixture. Warning: The fixture is not waterproof. Do not spray or submerge the fixture.
Wipe the Acrylic Lens Cover with fresh water or an acrylic cleaner to maintain peak light transmission. If the Lens Cover is allowed to become dirty, it will reduce the amount of light that enters the aquarium. Tip: Keep the fixture's Acrylic Lens Cover and Glass Cover over the aquarium clean to allow maximum light penetration into the aquarium.
Depending on the type of marine aquarium inhabitants, the Lamps may need to be replaced every 9 to 18 months. It is best to review the requirements for your animals prior to replacing the Lamps.
Warning: The fixture is hot during operation and must cool before servicing. Unplug the fixture from power supply and allow to cool for 15 minutes before changing Lamps.
To remove and replace Lamps, begin by removing the End Plate and Lens Cover. This will give access to the Lamps. The Lamps are secured in two places, the left and right sockets.
Gently grasp the ends of the Lamp to be removed and rotate the Lamp so that the pins are vertical and can be lifted out of the sockets. Note: Both ends of the Lamp must rotate at the same time.
Insert the new Lamp (with pins in a vertical position) into the socket and gently rotate the Lamp 90 degrees. The Lamp pins should now be in a horizontal position within the socket.
Don't take the quality of your tap water for granted. If you draw your water from a well, nature may not be providing you the perfect balance. If you are using tap water from your municipal department, it likely includes minerals and additives.
Algae are prolific and opportunistic organisms that take advantage of aquarium systems that are out of balance. Water quality issues create ideal conditions for algae. This article explains how proper water quality helps control algae.
Built-in digital timer for total aquarium light control!
Please note: Return of electrical equipment and lightbulbs to Drs. Foster & Smith for exchange or refund is limited to 60 days from the date of purchase. Beyond 60 days, please contact the manufacturer for repair or replacement as covered by the manufacturer's warranty.
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