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Old 09-14-2005, 02:29 AM   #1
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T-5/T-5HO Reflector 300%+

9-bend reflector made of German 95% reflective aluminum......ect. ect. ect... Is just the reflector available or do you have to purchase a entire lighting fixture with MH to get a couple of these?
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Old 09-14-2005, 04:16 AM   #2
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im not sure, i ordered mine off ebay with a mogul attached to it for 40 bucks shipped. I just got my new ballast in today, just waiting on the bulb and i shall be ready to rock
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Old 09-14-2005, 09:07 AM   #3
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I was refering to the T-5/T-5HO reflectors..
but its cool to hear good news on your MH setup.. :P
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Old 09-14-2005, 09:25 AM   #4
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I looked a little harder and found them.. :P
http://www.specialty-lights.com/tekretrofit.html
I dont know much about the companies selling and there are a few on ebay selling.. but.. :P
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Old 09-14-2005, 07:44 PM   #5
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I've done a little research on the T5 HO retro kits. With some advice from a few members on RC I will go with the Sunlight Supply Tek retro kit. They come with SLS reflectors but for a little more you can upgrade to these reflectors

http://www.reefgeek.com/products/cat..._-_t5_slr.html

Its suppose to be a little extra boost of light. Reefgeek.com comes highly recommended from the guys at RC.

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Old 09-14-2005, 09:05 PM   #6
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The cheapest price I can find 65watt CF bulbs is $5.00 each in bulk, about $7.50 when bought 4 at a time... the best price Ive found on 54watt T-5 HO bulbs is $20.00..
Is the life expectancy on a T-5 HO together with the output increase from better shape for reflection worth the added cost of the bulbs?
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Old 09-14-2005, 09:37 PM   #7
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The T5 bulbs are 2-4 times more expensive but they last twice as long. Also when you consider saving 11 watts of electricity per bulb over an 18 month span it helps make up the difference. The reflectors on the T5's allow for much better light penetration which will help since I would like to keep a clam on the sand in my 90 gal. I probably couldn't do this well with other fluorescents. Also a bonus to T5's is less heat. From the reading I've done it seems that bulb prices will come down as they become more popular in the US. All these factors have made up my mind. I will be switching from my 4x65 PC fixture to a 6x54 T5 retro.
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Old 09-14-2005, 11:34 PM   #8
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here is my approximation on the electrical savings..
assuming a 11watt savings..
12 hours a day.. average time span.. 18 months.. with an average 30 days in each month.. $5.70
CF will need to be replaced every 12 months compared to 18 months.. so that would be a 2 T-5 HO bulbs for every 3 CF bulbs replaced..
at current prices that would be a $10 loss at worst..
the penetration for a tank under 20 inches tall IF the CF has a reflector at all should not be much of an issue if you have enough CF bulbs.. to the best of my knowledge..
so I am assuming in my case.. with a standard 75 gallon tank if I do a sufficient job cooling the fixture.. CF might be a better choice.. ???????
or is the penetration more of an issue then I think.. like 18 or 16 inches being the threshold?
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The amount of penetration you need depends on your critters. I will not have SPS but I'd love to keep a clam on the sand bed. I believe on my 90 gal that T5 will be best. I don't know what the threshold actually is but I think were close in assuming it may be the difference between a 20" and 24" high tank. I do understand that CF is less expensive. The attributes I listed above for T5's just help me justify paying a little extra for them. I will have my Coralife CF retro kit up for sale a little later. It's just under a year old and nothing is wrong with it except I want a little more light.
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Old 09-15-2005, 06:58 PM   #10
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The reflector that I started this thread about seems to make T-5 HO up to 3 times more effective per tube.. that's going to make it cheaper in how many bulbs needed for the amount of light wanted(needed for the inhabitants wanted).. So.. T-5 HO just might be the way to go.. Im still looking into it..
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