PSA: Beware of Cheap eBay Fixtures. Fire!

Discussion in 'LED Aquarium Lighting' started by evolved, Jan 9, 2013.

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  1. link248

    link248 Ritteri Anemone

    Nov 20, 2010
    North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
    Thanks for sharing this helpful information. I was going to get one of the 120 watt ones that are sold on ebay, but I read that another fellow reefer had his catch on fire. I believe he caught it before it did any damage to his place. Then the seller on ebay that gave him the warranty refused to replace the light. 6-8 months ago there was only one or two people selling these lights. Now there are a lot of them, and every one of them claims theirs is better.

    I guess I will wait until next year to switch to LED's, they are just too expensive
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  3. weems23

    weems23 Astrea Snail

    Sep 16, 2011
    Good post, I always wondered how those things were so cheap. I have modified a lot of cheap (chinese) lighting fixtures and regularly find bad solders and connections that could cause such things. Fixable if you know what to look for in the wiring.
  4. roblox84

    roblox84 Bristle Worm

    Oct 9, 2011
    What caused this fire? Was it the cheap power supply or did the led catch on fire from overheating due to a cheap heat sink? Just curious because I use Chinese leds.
  5. evolved

    evolved Wrasse Freak

    Feb 26, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    Doubt anyone will ever have an answer that specific, as it happened when no one was there and all that was left was a burnt pile.

    It started in the light's housing itself, but what the "it" was could have been either.
  6. FyrFytr

    FyrFytr Astrea Snail

    Jun 21, 2012
    Dayton, OH
    Coming from a fire investigator...there has to be a want to find out as well. It is very easy to blame the fixture and call it a malfunction. Once the determination is made most of the follow up responsibilty comes on the arms of the insurance company. It was my job to figour out what happened, and it would be very easy to call it a faulty fixture and just go with that.
  7. KCT

    KCT Plankton

    Jan 4, 2013
    I have never seen a LED burst into flames, my money is on the power supply. Like stated before, cold solder is a big issue with chinese electronics.