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Old 06-20-2011, 04:37 PM   #41
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So with these there is no difference in the fixture and the retro kit right, just that they are not mounted in a pretty case?

If I get 6 bulbs in the retro kit that will be the same as a 6 bulb fixture right?

I know that sounds really stupid question...

60" TEK 2 T5 Retro Kit 2 x 80W lamps by Sunlight Supply* - AquaCave
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Old 06-20-2011, 04:40 PM   #42
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Well I'd go with your first instinct then. Unless you want to buy a chiller. lol

You have alot of great options for the t5's. I personally like the retro kit with the two, gives you flexibilty and you can do it. You can also upgrade to 6 if you want or even 8 if you have room.

I figure about $25 for each bulb give or take a buck so keep that in mind with whatever you choose.
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k, I think the retro is going to be the best and most affordable, I can do 6 bulbs for a lot less than the 6 bulb fixture.

good thinking carey! thanks!
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youre welcome! Just needed to talk it through so to speak and the solution was right there.
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and we have the next dilemma...

What combo of bulbs do I need?

ATI T5 Lamps

I read this is good for a 4 bulb-er --- 2 Blue+, 1 Aquablue & 1 Purple+

I may start with 4 and upgrade to 6 when I start getting stuff that needs more light.
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Now the bulbs are a preference thing. i use 2 aquablue specials and two reg actinics and I get a nice blueish hue with my whites just on and a vibrant blueish sunlight color with all four. Some people prefer the purple hue though. It's up to you.

I'm actually gonna start a thread later for my bulb setup. Last time I did I got alot of great suggestions.
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So Carey, On that retro kit, its not HO, so back to the drawing board... LOL...
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