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Old 07-23-2002, 07:49 PM   #31
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Found a thread on RC that kinda goes hand in hand with the Hellolights V Icecap debate we had going, thought you might find it interesting....In the thread the original poster refers to Lampsnow, which is what HelloLights used to be called.
http://www.reefcentral.com/vbulletin...threadid=32096
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Old 07-24-2002, 10:21 AM   #32
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Well I was doing some searching on google for lighting on another forum site and I came across these two sites. Just wanted to share them here for current and future reference.

Spectral Analysis of MH Lamps - Do ballasts make a difference

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Old 10-26-2002, 10:05 PM   #33
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Icecap/FSS

Just for the record, I like my Icecap very much. It has never given any trouble in the three years that I've had it. I recently was given a 430 that had been incorrectly wired and pretty well torched. I checked the Icecap site and they claim they will repair ANY Icecap no matter what is wrong with it for $65.00. I think that's pretty fair...IMO of course. For those of you who might want to use NO lights, here's a company who might be able to meet your needs. www.fullspectrumsolutions.com They have a NO electronic ballast that will light four 4' bulbs for $49.00. It will also, like the Icecap, light many other combinations (NO only) of bulbs. While I have not used this product, the guys at GARF are using them and said they were very pleased with the results. They will light preheat, rapid start, and instant start bulbs. Understand...I am not endorsing this product, just presenting what info I have for your consideration should you be interested.
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Old 06-08-2003, 07:18 PM   #34
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I also was considering Lamps now, but havent decided yet. I also saw the artical on garf's site on the use of NO and am considering just going with 6 vho's 2 acitic, 2 10000k, and do they make a 20000k vho? 2 of those. All 110w 4" bulbs
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Old 06-20-2003, 12:09 AM   #35
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I would actually like all of your opinions on lighting for my tank... this all seems like a foreign language. I have a bowfront 46 gal. it's 18X12X36... i was looking at hello lights and picked out the 36" 4 Lamp VHO Retrofit Kit (w/ ARO Model 4L ballast) or 36" 4x 96W Compact Fluorescent Retrofit Kit each w/ 2 10000 k and 2 actinic 03, i want to get anenomes and sponges in there, which is better? is there something else that would be better? I just want to do it right, and not get something i have to replace, or learn it's not good enough by killing anything!
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do some searching on t5 before you make up your mind check out these 2 links:

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http://www.aquaphilics.com/Compare.htm

good luck i worked on this decision for over 3 months
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Hello everyone,
I have researched lights i think beyond everything in this hobby. I will discuss MH PC and T5 and ballasts. In lighting there is alot of things that need to be taken into account. Ballast rating (BR), Lumens per wattage burned, reflector efficency, kelvins, and tempeture to name a few.
MH Was my first option of lighting that i was considering. Until i did some research and found many flaws in the lighting. First is BR which is obserd to think that to run the bulb efficent would burn far to much electricity plus fans to cool temp off. Lumens per Wattage MH are one of the best if being run at efficent tempeture and with the ballast rating of .8 (icecap ballast)

PC's & VHO Next choice, Efficent low maintainence, Run far cooler that MH.
Ballast rating is good on these lighting fixture and varies with type of ballast used. Great for shallow tanks and for corals that require low-medium lighting at depth of about 12". VHO's may vary depending on kelvin used.

T5HO Next option, Most efficent fixture with the best ballast rating (Osram). Bulbs are rated at highest lumen per wattage efficency including ballast rating. 4 T5HO lamps will put out more lumens per watt and intensity of a 400 watt MH. Burn little warmer than VHO's & PC's but less than MH. T5HO burn efficently at 98 degress with 1 AC fan this will be accomplished easily.

T5HO's are my choice for lighting in my opinion and have chosen to purchase them. Burning more intense, cooler, and concentrated across the entire tank rather that a center point is a great advantage.

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fishfreek, yes ballast ratings make a hugh difference on performance! They let you calculate how much light you get for your buck!

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Just for the record, I like my Icecap very much. It has never given any trouble in the three years that I've had it.
You dont wanna thank Icecap (the american named sticker company) you wanna thank Germany Osram ballasts INC!

Blue wonders why the LFS wouldnt support the ballast and fixing of the ballast. Well its not actually produced by IceCap from my understanding its produced by Osram. Just with a "sticker" of IceCap on it, a monopoly of ballasts for the fellow hobbist.

Reflectors: Spectral reflectors are the best to buy on the net or store. Giving you a 96-99% efficency. There is even reflectors being made that intensify the light more than the bulb produces with precise bends at 101.3% These reflectors are not mass produced and designed for a specific bulb MH, T5HO, VHO, PC's etc.
If you purchase a 25 dollar reflector from www.hellolights.com you might as well just take a piece of aluminum and bend the edges and save yourself 24 dollars.

Thanks for reading my thread. This is from what i have gathered from research, study, my job, and JME.

My advice study hard, test, experiment whatever it takes to come up with whats right for you. Thats what i did!
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Lighting stuff!

[center:8783d870ed]OK, Hi there. I am brand new to this .com and I would like to pose a couple of questions. First of all, my stuff: 130g marine, live rock, clowns, chromis, hawk, tang, angel, goby, anenomes. My questions are about lighting:
-does it matter if I have the lights go on (timer) and off every 5 hours or so or should they be on for 12-14hours straight??
-what do you all recomend for night light or any???

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does it matter if I have the lights go on (timer) and off every 5 hours or so or should they be on for 12-14hours straight??
I do 12 hours straight, and would think having the lights go on and off several times per day, might become stressful to the fish.

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The blue LEDs are big right now for simulating moonlight, but unless your trying for coral and fish spawns...I don't think it matters, it's certainly cool, but marine fish and corals have been kept successfully for a long time without any night lights.
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just curious. has anyone here tried using a car headlight?
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