Space-saving, low-profile combination retrofit kit lets you quickly, easily upgrade your aquarium lighting. Each Hamilton Technology Aruba Sun T5 Retrofit Kit employs T5 High Output Fluorescent PLUS LEDs (light emitting diodes) suitable for use on reef, marine, or freshwater aquariums. Each Aruba Sun T5 Retrofit Kit arrives fully assembled and ready to operate; simply retrofit in your aquarium canopy and plug it in - it's that easy!
Wrap-around anodized aluminum reflectors with German mirror finish significantly increase the light output of included 10,000°K Super White and Actinic Blue T5 lamps. Reflectors also rotate 180 degrees to let you direct light into your aquarium as you desire. Aruba Sun T5 Retrofit Kit brings you bright light to sustain aquarium inhabitant health and enhance their beauty! Center LED strip with 1/4W Moonlight Blue LEDs lets you easily create nighttime conditions for your aquarium inhabitants; this also lets you easily see and enjoy their nocturnal behaviors.
Each energy-efficient Aruba Sun T5 Retrofit Kit contains a high-performance, cool-operating, T5 electronic ballast to improve light output and intensity in your aquarium. Additional features include moisture-proof T5 lamp holders and separate 10-foot grounded power cords for T5 lamps and LED strip light for independent timer operation. Each measures 7" wide x 3" high.
||T5 Fluorescent Bulbs
||# of Moonlight
(2 cords: 1 for T5,
1 for LEDs)
||52W (T5 = 48W,
LEDs = 4W)
|1- 24W 10000°K Super White
1- 24W Actinic Blue
||116W (T5 = 108W,
LEDs = 8W)
|1- 54W 10000°K Super White
1- 54W Actinic Blue T5
||168W (T5 = 160W,
LEDs = 8W)
|1- 80W 10000°K Super White
1- 80W Actinic Blue
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Aruba Sun T5 Low Profile Retrofit Lighting Kit Instruction Manual PDF.
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Lighting is one of the most important elements in an aquarium. Lighting is a crucial factor in creating and maintaining a healthy marine environment for your aquarium inhabitants. Lighting is needed for aquatic plants and animals to sustain life functions. Light is also used to display the natural beauty of the tank and its inhabitants. The typical coral reef receives an amount of solar radiation that was difficult, until now, to match in an aquarium, particularly in terms of light intensity and spectrum. It is important to follow our recommended bulb replacement schedule to maintain high spectral output of lamps over time.
Life of a Bulb: Lamps have a rated life of several years; however their beneficial aspects decline before the eye can detect the changes. To be assured of optimum high spectral output, we recommend to change the lamps on a set schedule before seeing the visual signs of lamp failure loss of lumens or change in color spectrum.
Hamilton Technology recommended Replacement bulb schedule:
T5 Fluorescent tubes every 10-12 months
Unpack the box CAREFULLY.
Remove packaging material from the fixture.
Verify that your order was shipped complete: fixture, bulbs, 2-T5 reflectors and LED transformer.
Verify the unit will fit into your canopy.
For easier mounting: hold the fixture inside your canopy and mark the location where you will be mounting the screws (not included) that will hold the reflector in place.
Note: If you have an easy access to your canopy, it is will be best to install the reflector into the canopy before placing the bulbs onto the system. Read all the instructions before installation to find out what will be easier for your application.
- Install the T5 bulbs into appropriate sockets:
- For both lamp ends, unscrew the end cap sleeves from end cap contact housing.
- Slide both end cap sleeves onto lamp with threads facing out towards the mounting lamp pins.
- Place the bulb pins horizontally into each socket and carefully push pins into end cap mounts until they are secured in place. Make sure the bulb pins make full contact with the metal pins the socket contact. This ensures a safe operation and avoids burning of either bulb and/or end cap.
- Screw the end cap sleeve back onto end cap contact until it has a tight seal. Make sure the T5 lamps are in full contact with the red rubber ring to ensure a moisture proof seal.
Mount the T5 reflectors:
Place each reflector over the T5 bulb then center the reflector.
Place your hands over the reflector and under the bulb (were reflector clips are located) and gently press the reflector clip onto the bulb.
Then turn the reflector to your desired position.
Once the bulbs, sockets and T5 reflector have been mounted to the Aruba Sun you can mount it to you canopy. You will need 4 screws (not included). Carefully screw the reflector to the desire location or you can follow the note on step 5.
Place the fixture lamp cord in a location away from water.
Before connecting the system into the power supply, verify that all connections are secure and that all of the lamps are properly installed.
Plug the fixture into a timer (optional) then to a GFI outlet.
Follow all safety precautions listed on the first page of your manual.
Keep manual and purchase receipt in a secure location for future reference.
If T5 Fluorescent bulb(s) does not come on:
If all lamps do not light with 10 seconds, turn off the system. Re-examine all connections between the bulbs and the end caps.
Examine lamp for possible damages to the pins.
Exchange lamp with a known working lamp.
All lamps must be installed for system to operate properly.
Switch lamps from socket to socket.
Check your electrical source. Make sure the ballast is plugged into power properly.
If both of the Fluorescent bulbs are not working after you re-examine everything it is likely to be a ballast problem. Contact manufacture.
If T5 Fluorescent bulb(s) come ON and OFF:
Unplug the system and check for a bad contact between the lamps and the socket.
My circuit breaker or power strip trips every time I turn on the ballast:
The circuit might be overloaded. A standard house circuit is 15 amps: calculate the amount of amperage going into the circuit.
Metal Halide ballast takes up to 6 amps each and T5 or Power Compact ballasts take up to 1.82 amps.
Verify that you do not have too many items going into the same circuit.