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Old 12-05-2012, 10:15 PM   #1
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Help! Changing T5 Bulb

Help please! My t5 bulb burned out after about 15 mths.... How do I change it? Doesn't seem easy to snap out... How do I do it?
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:25 PM   #2
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there are two pins on each end of the bulb, youhave to twist the bulb until the pins line up with the slots in the end caps, and then it should just lift out. each light fixture may be a little different though, not terribly difficult but maybe unplug the fixture beforehand to be on the safe side, hope this helps
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GOT IT! thank you!!!
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Yea they are different I wouldn't go just twisting it because mine has a plug and wire on the end that pulls off. What.light are you.talking about? Maybe someone that has that light will chime in
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Okay I got the install correct...
However I got a T8 @ Home Depot instead of the T5 I had before. Wattage is same.. 17w.. However its not florescent it seems to be incandescent...? It puts off a yellow color instead of bright and beautiful that I'm used to.....
I think I'm going to have to make a return...
They didn't have any T5's that were thicker... Only skinnier ones. Mine is 24"....
Makes my tank look murky... And its not... Boo :-(
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:38 PM   #6
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you should only put t5s in a t5 fixture.
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Okay I got the install correct...
However I got a T8 @ Home Depot instead of the T5 I had before. Wattage is same.. 17w.. However its not florescent it seems to be incandescent...? It puts off a yellow color instead of bright and beautiful that I'm used to.....
I think I'm going to have to make a return...
They didn't have any T5's that were thicker... Only skinnier ones. Mine is 24"....
Makes my tank look murky... And its not... Boo :-(
Are you sure you have a t5 fixture?

T5 bulbs are 5/8" in diameter, T8's are 1" in diameter.

The color of the bulb is based on the kelvin rating, it sounds like a soft white , likely 2500-2700k bulbs. You want a daylight bulb, somewhere around 5000k-6700k.
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Old 12-25-2012, 09:02 AM   #8
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The sizes of fluorescent lights go by 1/8" increments. T-5 = 5/8", T-8=1", T-12=11/2"
Normally, because of the difference in sizes the endcaps wouldn't allow you to plug in the wrong size bulb.
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