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Old 11-05-2012, 12:19 AM   #1
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Reef T5 Ballast Questions.

So I need help understanding the whole ballast stuff. First of all, what exactly is a ballast? I know you need it to light up bulbs but what makes it so special? I have a 48in t5ho odyssea fixture and don't understand what people mean when they say like icecap ballast are good and stuff. What are icecaps? Would I be able to replace my odyssea ballast with an icecap ballast? Would it put out more watt/par or something? Sorry for so much questions. Hope you guys could really explain this to me.

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Old 11-12-2012, 05:57 PM   #2
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You don't really have to worry about it unless your ballast goes out. The ballast is what puts the correct power to the bulbs, and icecap is a brand, a good brand. They are best with metal halides, for your t5s I would go with workhorse. They don't give a different light they are just more dependable
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