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Unread 04/28/2007, 07:37 AM   #1
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T5 lighting fixture

Anyone have any experience with this complany on Ebay? Price seems too good and I am afraid it may be crap.

http://cgi.ebay.com/T5-T-5-HO-Aquari...QQcmdZViewItem


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Unread 04/28/2007, 09:34 AM   #2
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Unread 04/28/2007, 09:39 AM   #3
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you get what you pay for.


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Unread 04/28/2007, 09:55 AM   #4
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Those units run very hot. They use workhorse ballasts which overdrive the bulbs. You can modify it to be a good unit though. First thing to do is to run the ballasts remotely and add cooling fans to the hood. The end caps are downright dangerous and can easily short out causing ballast failure. The overdriving of the bulbs does help compensate for the lack of parabolic reflectors. If the bulbs are kept cool they can last just as long as normally driven bulbs. The bulbs that come with it are of low quality.

You will have to modify this unit and get high quality bulbs to make it effective in the long run. Basically you are paying for the hood and the ballasts and getting low quality bulbs.


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Unread 04/28/2007, 10:21 AM   #5
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they're not really that bad. i bought the 6 bulb unit , and the only problem i had with it was the single reflector. otherwise, it was actually pretty nice. mine had 1 cooling fan, i see this has 2, and mine ran pretty cool. i do agree on getting different bulbs, though. the ones from reefgeek are much better.
i thought the workhorse ballasts don't overdrive. i had heard that it was icecap that overdrives the bulbs. i was happy with mine, the light worked great.


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Unread 04/28/2007, 10:26 AM   #6
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It depends on the WH model and the bulbs driven. I use 1 - WH 5 to overdrive 2 39 watt T5s to 64 watts each.

Those units may have changed a bit since I got mine a couple of years ago though.


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Unread 04/28/2007, 11:55 AM   #7
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Thanks for the replies.


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Unread 04/28/2007, 07:29 PM   #8
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OK. I have a 24" deep 36 gallon tank that right now if FO but I would soon like to add corals. Not sure what yet but want to have lighting that will give me the most options. I am trying to avoid MH due to the heat. Which of these do you think would be my best option? I am also open to suggestions but want to stay under $400 or so.

http://cgi.ebay.com/36-Orbit-4x96w-P...QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/T5-T-5-HO-36-6-X...QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/T5-T-5-HO-Aquari...QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/36-POWER-COMPACT...QQcmdZViewItem


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Unread 04/28/2007, 08:02 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally posted by rush07
OK. I have a 24" deep 36 gallon tank that right now if FO but I would soon like to add corals. Not sure what yet but want to have lighting that will give me the most options. I am trying to avoid MH due to the heat. Which of these do you think would be my best option? I am also open to suggestions but want to stay under $400 or so.

http://cgi.ebay.com/36-Orbit-4x96w-P...QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/T5-T-5-HO-36-6-X...QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/T5-T-5-HO-Aquari...QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/36-POWER-COMPACT...QQcmdZViewItem
Skip them all and get a T5 fixture with individual reflectors like the Aquatinics or Tek light.


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Unread 04/28/2007, 08:15 PM   #10
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OK. This is a little higher priced but I could swing it.

http://www.specialty-lights.com/960020.html

Is this a good system?


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Unread 04/28/2007, 08:35 PM   #11
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I think this is it a little cheaper and it comes with the mounting legs. I think I am going to get this one.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Tek-36-6x39-watt...QQcmdZViewItem

It does not look like these come with cooling fans. Do they not need them?


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Unread 04/29/2007, 12:08 PM   #12
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I think this is it a little cheaper and it comes with the mounting legs. I think I am going to get this one.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Tek-36-6x39-watt...QQcmdZViewItem

It does not look like these come with cooling fans. Do they not need them?
Get it from these guys and get the ATI bulbs with it.

http://www.reefgeek.com/lighting/T5_...unlight_Supply


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Unread 04/29/2007, 12:41 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the feedback.


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Unread 04/29/2007, 12:43 PM   #14
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I second reefgeek. My friend has made several, trouble free purchases.


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Unread 04/29/2007, 01:01 PM   #15
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The TEK unit is a very over-rated fixture IME. The endcaps are cheap and inadequate over time. The bulbs, ballasts and reflectors are packed too tightly to allow proper airflow causing the bulbs and ballasts to run hot reducing overall performance. My well cooled overdriven bulbs last much longer than bulbs running in a TEK unit. The individual reflectors on this unit may increase reflectivity but at the cost of heating up the bulbs.

Just because these guys were the first to corner the market for T5s does not mean its a quality product. To get the best performance out of T5s retro fitting with remote ballasts is the way to go.


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Unread 04/29/2007, 02:03 PM   #16
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Forget the T5, I tried running halides over T5, I notice my stuff are growing much bigger and looking better. Cheaper to replace 1 halide over bunch of T5.


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Unread 04/29/2007, 02:08 PM   #17
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reefgeek...by far the best service. and some of the best prices.


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Unread 04/29/2007, 03:29 PM   #18
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OK. Would you think I would be better off with PC's or T5's along with a single MH or just a double MH?

https://www82.safesecureweb.com/weba...ry_Code=CAP2HL
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https://www82.safesecureweb.com/weba...egory_Code=CAA


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Unread 05/04/2007, 10:12 AM   #19
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Depends on what type of corals you want, the actinic gives you the dawn/dusk effect...if you get the single MH get it with T5's


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Unread 05/04/2007, 10:19 AM   #20
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You should go look at the lights at catalinaaquarium.com... they are very reasonable and state that each bulb has its own reflector... also you can have them add fans optionally... I think they are what I will go with when it gets time to buy my T5's


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