RSS Cheap Chinese LEDs lead to aquarium fire at Arizona community center preschool

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  1. MASA Admin

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    For many aquarists, a rite of passage is buying some cheap version of a product to save a few dollars only to regret it in the end when it fails. For most of us this means a pump that stops working or plastic that cracks. But for some of us its much worse with a heater failure or a light fixture catching fire and one teacher learned this the hard way. The Chandler, Ariz.,*preschool*teacher working a the*East Valley Jewish Community Center used donations from aquarists to cobble together a reef aquariums for the kids to enjoy only to have a cheap Chinese LED light catch fire and cause*extensive*damage to the building.

    The teacher received donations of coral, fish and equipment and built her own sump, overflow and skimmer to bring the reef experience to the children in her classroom. Needing a light, she turned to eBay and picked up a couple of 35W LED pendants for around $75 a pop and all was fine until *the fixture caught on fire setting off the building’s sprinkler system. The fire was not that large thanks to the sprinklers, but the water damage to many of the classrooms threatened to shutdown the school and community center for months. Thankfully, the local community banded together and with donations was able to open in a matter of day instead of months.

    We feel for the teacher who was only trying to bring a new, positive experience to the children only to have the fixture cause havoc to the situation. According to her posts on an aquarium forum, the LED flood light was similar to the one pictured above. We can see how she feels guilty about the incident and hopefully the aquarium community can come together and provide some alternatives for bringing the reef experience closer to growing children.


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    This can happen with any product. Bit unfair to blame it on the fact that it was Chinese, imo.
     
  5. Wes

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    this irritates me

    99% of all the electrical components we purchase have a link to the east, why lambase the east? It could have been the computers made in the east that manage the pupils that could have caught on fire.

    It amazes me. Even Garret Turbo's which have the greatest respect in the turbo industry are all casted in the east, and then are branded across the world as made in the US/GER/etc/etc

    Just because it comes at a better price doesn't make it "cheap"

    Scary thing about the Chinese is that their Population with Greater than average IQ's is greater than the entire population in the USA.
     
  6. Quintin

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    I have a couple of these units over my sump in the main and pony tank and not had a single issue with them.....

    These units normally come in 6500K but also available in 10000K or 15000K.
    Personally I would not hang these units over my display tank but they are great for sumps, scrubbers or other areas where actually want to grow algae....

    Most people cut the plugs on these units and either fit an extension on it or fit their own local plug.
    Before blaming the light unit, I would look at how the wiring was done if the original plug was cut....
     
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    I'll say it straight - this piece sounds like classic FUD-mongering aimed at being for the benefit of sponsors who bring in the expensive european/US units....
     
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    I couldn't agree more, RLSS Skimmers, DC Pumps, Reef Octopus, your computers, TV's cell phone ALL come from China.

    SAY NO MORE !!!
     
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