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    Just bought a retro for the grow out. IceCap 660 2x24 T5HO. So I'm looking at this thing and I can't figure out where the power connects?
    Im a pretty handy wrench but electrical, not so much.

    Also what do I do with the wires that are not being used?
    Its set to take 4 bulbs if I ever decide to add, which is cool!

    Someone throw me a bone. Please
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReeferRob View Post
    Just bought a retro for the grow out. IceCap 660 2x24 T5HO. So I'm looking at this thing and I can't figure out where the power connects?
    Im a pretty handy wrench but electrical, not so much.

    Also what do I do with the wires that are not being used?
    Its set to take 4 bulbs if I ever decide to add, which is cool!

    Someone throw me a bone. Please
    cap or tape off extra wires, the power should be the black, white, and green wires of the same connector as the lights. Think it states that on the top of the ballast as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedstar View Post
    cap or tape off extra wires, the power should be the black, white, and green wires of the same connector as the lights. Think it states that on the top of the ballast as well.
    Thanks speed, it does clearly label what each wire is and does, but how do I connect them.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rabidgoose View Post
    Thanks for the color diagram. It did come with a black and white one.
    What I don't understand is how to connect the wires. Just jam them in the holes. There are no wire nuts or anyway to wrap them around anything.
    Same thing with the power supply.

    Thanks for the help guys, but Im going to need a bit more specific help so I don't blow stuff up or burn stuff out.
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    I hate wiring ice caps. Especially when running 4 bulbs on one. I always seem to have one wire that is no connected right in an end cap and it takes me forever to find it.
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    Got it figured out guys!!!! Thanks!
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    Sometimes I error on the side of caution too much. Geesh this was easy. I was looking at it thinking I just had to shove the power supply into the ballast on the side with the small white plug interface. Whats that for anyway? Before I actually looked and counted all the wires to see that is how the power supply was connected.


    Super easy, and actually a lot of fun to wire and make. Maybe Ill post some pics later.
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    Still need to finish the acrylic splash guard for the ballast and all wires! Ran out of acrylic.
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    are you using water proof end caps or just the tombstone style if the water proof ones then I would forgo the acrylic shield as you will loose light into the tank

    I know it always seems daunting to wire things when you are not used to it but it all ends up so much simpler then you make it out to be

    also what are you using for the reflectors are they the ice cap ones ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by tazzy695 View Post
    are you using water proof end caps or just the tombstone style if the water proof ones then I would forgo the acrylic shield as you will loose light into the tank

    I know it always seems daunting to wire things when you are not used to it but it all ends up so much simpler then you make it out to be

    also what are you using for the reflectors are they the ice cap ones ???

    Water proof end caps.

    Clear mesh top for wrasse.

    Acrylic is to make a working surface on top protecting the wires.

    Yes, Ice cap reflectors.

    And yes it was way easier and more fun than I expected.
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