Light by Perfecto and can use flourscent bulbs but haven't bought any yet (3 tanks).
These lights are working okay on 2 tanks that have about 2.5 gallons of water in them that soon will be seeded so they can be cycled faster.
The one tank I have cycled has burned out 2 light kits (4 sockets). It only uses one light bulb so when the socket stops working I turned it over and used the other sides socket. Perfecto has been really nice and send me a new light after the first one had both sockets fail on 03/14. Only took a few weeks before that one had also been through both sides of it's socket so on 04/24 I called them again and they sent another light kit that came in yesterday. She said they have not had any other customers having my same problems, thus she is thinking I got 2 lemons.
What is happening to the sockets is when I take the light out after it stops working the gold contact on the bottom of the socket falls off. I am thinking it's due to the moisture from the heater which collects in the top of the hood, but that also happens with the other 2 uncycled tanks that have half as much water. I'm using Tetra submersible heaters that keep the temperature at 78* automatically. If that is the problem it's about to stop since we have hit warm weather and I'm trying to keep the A/C off as long as possible and when it does get turned on it will be set to 78*.
The hoods just have a plastic guard over the socket and about the lenght of the bulb. Since it will be quite a while before the heaters are running again (about the time their warranty expires), is there some other solution I might try? Lights I had in the past sit on top of a plastic cover that was over the tank, thus no moisture ever got in the light hood area.
Is tapeing syran wrap to the hood a good ideal or will it possibly melt if the light was left on longer when I get some plants or be a problem coming in contact with the water? Right now I only have Moss Balls so I only turn the light on when feeding. Is there some kind of plastic sheets you can get that would be safe to use on a fish tank that would work better than syran wrap and if so where do you get it and what specifications should it have?
Hope you can help. Filters/etc. have been in the cycled tank about 4 weeks so I'm ready to start getting the other 2 tanks cycled one by one, but I'd like to have the light problem solved before then since I don't want their sockets to start burning out when the tank if full of water. Most of the time after the first replacement light came in the heater wasn't running much since it was fairly warm in the house.