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UV Light help #1
Before fully installing my uv light I thought I would turn it on, hoping for the light to glow perhaps to prove it is ok, but there are no signs of life

Is this normal? does it only function maybe when water is passing through it?

Bit of a job if I fully install only to find it doesn't work.

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Re: UV Light help #2
So no clues folks?
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Re: UV Light help #3
They shouldn't be run dry, but I would have thought the lamp should come on. Check it's seated correctly in the unit as that can be a cause of it not lighting.
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Re: UV Light help #4
Literally only turned it on and off for a few seconds but there was no sign of life at all. There is a helpline number on the booklet so will try that.
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Re: UV Light help #5
Afternoon!

UV light is actually not visible to the human eye so if it was working you would not be able to tell - to test it you need to shine it over something that reacts to it like fluorescent material (from a highlighter pen for instance)

NB its also not safe to look at directly with the naked eye sunglasses are recommended and only then for a very short period of time (a matter of seconds)

Cheers !
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Re: UV Light help #6
Thanks.
Actually visited my local shop at lunchtime, he showed me the same lamp in operation in a cabinet under a 500lt tank, there was an obvious glow from the transparent pipe leading from the unit - this may have been more visible in the darkness of the cabinet compared to where I was inspecting the lamp myself in daylight.
He did say that I should check that the uv bulb hadn't worked loose in transit.
Will do that and then take a chance and fit it at the weekend.
Probably worrying about nothing.
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Re: UV Light help #7
Turned out that my trip to the shop was worthwhile, I took the back off the unit last night and the bulb was loose in its fitting, I reconnected the plugs at either end, turned it on for a few seconds and it glowed correctly.

So all ok now, I just have to fit it at the weekend.