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Old 03-06-2008, 04:13 PM   #11
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Is that an Odyssea fixture? Anyone know?

I'm a firm believer of "you get what you pay for." Paying more money for something doesn't mean high quality, but I've never found where buying the cheap product gives you high quality.

In my opinion, lighting is something you don't want cheap quality in. Shoddy light fixtures have the potential to burn down your house at worst, or not give you the light you need at best.

I also would also not be to sure about buying from people that can't even put together a coherent ebay ad.
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Old 03-06-2008, 04:15 PM   #12
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I would tend to agree, but this looks like a great deal and he has nothing but positive feed back. I checked and ppl said great light, great product, etc.
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Old 03-07-2008, 09:57 AM   #13
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eBay feedbackis usualy left immediatlely after receivng a product. Most of the people buying this light have not had time (months) to see how it performs before leaving feedback. Therefore I would take eBay feedback with a large grain of salt.

Google T5 lighting and read about what it takes to get the full output.
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CMor, I too have been reading up on T5 lighting, but out of the two lights you linked, which would you say is better? Is the latter better b/c the bulbs are spaced further apart?

How do you feel about coralife's or Current Satellite's reflectors for PC bulbs. While a good reflecter is crucial (thanks AHsupply) and the distance and placement of it in relation to the bulb matters as well; is this even moreso w/ T5 lighting as opposed to PC lighting for some reason?
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The best option for a T5 unit is to go with TEK they are more expensive (it's what I use) but they do have a reflector for each bulb. PAR is just a measurment of how much light a bulb generates.

With T5 lighting you want a reflector for each bulb that maximizes the output of the bulb. IF you can manage a DIY canopy and buy the DIY TEK kits you will save $$. TEK DIY kits come with ballast, wire, endcaps and reflectors for each bulb. TEK also makes complete units.
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Old 03-08-2008, 01:41 PM   #16
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I don't have T5's but I did investigate them a couple of years ago. The TEK units were the best around (US market) because of the reflector they used. The T5 bulb is smaller (5/8”) so they can be closer together. I do remember that the best parabolic reflectors were shaped like a W with a bulb in the middle of the reflector. Look at this unit for an idea of the reflector design (scroll to the bottom for a good look at the reflector). This unit is overdriven so I'm not a big fan of it. The bulbs will burn out faster.
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wow that is some light. That thing looks so cool lol. i would be proud to be a fish swimming under that sucker.
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It is a well made unit with quality components. But, they overdrive the lamps to 85w each, which will cause them to burn out quicker than normal. I think the TEK unit uses that reflector design, but I could not find a picture of one.
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