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Old 09-26-2008, 01:47 AM   #1
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T5 lighting

I was thinking about going with t5 lighting with my fowlr setup. I was wondering if you need a T5 fixture or will the bulbs work in a regular flourescent fixture?
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Old 09-26-2008, 02:11 AM   #2
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No you need a seperate fixture because the T5 bulbs are much smaller than the T8 and T12 bulbs.
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Old 09-26-2008, 02:21 AM   #3
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That's what I was thinking, but the guy at one of the local fish stores said the would fit in any standard fixture and I thought it sounded kinda um... not right.
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Just take it to him later and say Alright Tim the tool man lets see you DO IT!!
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Old 09-26-2008, 10:30 AM   #5
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The bulbs might fit in the fixture, but T5 HO bulbs won't fire up on a standard, normal output ballast.
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Like most bulbs you have to match the bulb and ballast. 54w bulbs need a ballast designed to fire 54w bulbs.

There are T5 retro kits our there for a great price. Check with Hellolights.com
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Thanks for the advice and the light site.
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Old 09-26-2008, 09:57 PM   #9
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Anyone know a good review site?
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Old 09-27-2008, 01:10 PM   #10
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If you are looking to compare products, I don't know a site but I do know that TEK is top of the line...I have a TEK 2x54w Retro kit on my system.
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