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Old 02-03-2006, 05:58 PM   #1
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light timers

does it make any difference if my lights arent on timers, and i just switch the mh and actinics on at the same time? or should i set it up so the actinics come on first , and then the metal halides or it doesnt matter?
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trust me--eventually you will want timers. Doing it manually every time gets to be a pain after awhile. Besides, with timers you can set the "dawn and dusk" affect.....so the actinics come on first, then the halides.......then the halides go off, then the actinics.
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Timers are great and well worth the money. They will allow your tank to keep a very regular lighting schedule, which is a plus. I like the digital timers found at Wal-Mart or Ace Hardware. I find they keep vwery accurate time and have battery back-ups.
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I also have timers on my lights. I have electronic ones on my dusk lights but my mains are on a industrial one since they pull so many amps.
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When I had my house rewired to support the tanks (yeah, sad isnt it) I had them put in industrial timers in the living room for the big tank.
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I have mine on a timer but I have them set to both go on and off at the same time
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Hara. admission is the first step to rehabilitation. On that note I also had my house rewired with industrial boxes etc. We can get through this as a group.
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i lub timers. I've got two. The coralife powercenter that i use for the fuge/moonlight at night, and the white light during the day. Then i've got the actinics on a cheapy timer but it's set to come on before the whites and after the whites go off so i get the sunrise/sunset thing. Timers pretty much pawn.
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