I'll tell you right now, worry less about the bulbs you have in a 2 bulb T5. You need to get a larger unit. I have a 4 bulb on my 36 tall bowfront and it isn't enough light. I'm hoping to use my tax refund on a bigger tank... so I'm holding off upgrading my lights as I will do that at the same time. Looking at a 6 bulb unit, but I want to keep SPS
in my tank.
This is what I am looking at. It will solvethe problem of many plugs, timers, and lighting all at the same time.