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Old 04-17-2003, 12:15 PM   #1
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Can anyone offer a little information on T-5 lighting..... is it better than pc or vho ....where can you get it..... cost/ life.... is it worth it. any help would be very welcomed
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Old 04-17-2003, 12:31 PM   #2
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I am no lighting guru, but I thought T-5 referred to the lamp diameter and pin spread, rather than output. T-13 are standard 1" diameter flo. bulbs, anf T-5 is about 5/8" or 3/4" diameter. Hagen makes T-5 bulbs I think. At any rate, I would not say they are better than any other NO flo bulb, if anything they have the detremint of being difficult to get waterproof endcaps for.
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true about the size . im sorry i didn't make my question clear. i have heard that you can "overdrive" them and get alot of light and they are brighter than PC's
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I do not believe you can get the intensity of PC's with an overdriven NO bulb. You can however overdrive NO and achieve very close to the same intensity as VHO. I do not believe it matter whether it's T-5 or T-13, unless I have missed something about the T-5 bulbs.
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thanks for the info. i have seen a site or two ( mostly german and UK) where this has been the latest thing in reef lighting. i just can't find anywhere stateside that has all the details. what i have learned is that an IC660 with 4 t5 54 watt lamps seem to be the trend. i just wondered if any one else had seen or heard this and if it would work, i have such limited space under my canopy that the t5 size would fit best
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Of course wouldnt overdriven bulbs fade and lose their spectrum faster than regular NO bulbs?
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I'm not a huge fan of ReefCentral, but it is still one of the largest hobbiest resources out there. I did a search using the keyword "overdriven" and I came up with a slew of threads. You might try refining the search to "T-5" and come up with even more that are specific to your situation. Here are a few of the threads that had T-5 in the title.

http://reefcentral.com/forums/showth...ght=Overdriven

http://reefcentral.com/forums/showth...ght=Overdriven

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AFAIK, overdriving a NO bulb doesn't result in a significant loss of life or spectral shift. They do run a little warmer though. I'd use restraint in how much I put through them though. You're OK with an Icecap...they'll run any fluorescent bulb safely. I wouldn't, for instance, try to run a pair of 20w NO's on a ballast designed for 8' 59w lights...be a bit overkill I think.
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I believe the T-5 bulbs are HO and when overdriven by an IceCap they are more intense than PC and don't have the reflector problem that PCs do. Unfortunately the bulb typs are still limited. I wish URI would start producing them with an internal reflector... I'd be all over them for sure.
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so if i used an IC430 of Workhorse 7 for 2 54w t-5's i should be ok
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