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Old 03-18-2010, 01:16 PM   #1
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What is the deal with VHO lighting? It seems a lot of people love it but can find very few fixtures for sale most of what I find is the DIY kits. Is VHO that much better than T5 HO if not many people make a fixture for it? I am looking to upgarde my lighting from 260w PC this summer and I want a nice light with built in controls.
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I have a retro VHO kit. The T5HO is better/newer technology. If you can afford the T5HO go with that.
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VHO's put out more wattage, but there are no efficient reflectors made for them. The good, quality SLR (single lamp reflector) reflectors are what makes T5HO's good.
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Thats actually pretty cool I did not know that I was actually looking at a 3rd light fixture Nova Extreme Pro HO T5 the fixture is onsale for $419 and comes with 6 54w bulbs. I actuall have the 260w PC version of this fixture and love it. Thanks for the info
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I have VHO`s but like Larry said they really dont have the reflectors with them. I have my own reflector but it`s nowhere near the T5HO system.



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Yeah Mike, you've got some serious VHO's going on there. Those are 6ft bulbs right?
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what can I keep under the 6 54w Ts HO's
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What is the deal with VHO lighting? It seems a lot of people love it but can find very few fixtures for sale most of what I find is the DIY kits. Is VHO that much better than T5 HO if not many people make a fixture for it? I am looking to upgarde my lighting from 260w PC this summer and I want a nice light with built in controls.
T5HO with independant reflectors are more efficient than VHO. They put out more PAR and use less energy.
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Yes Kevin they are 6 ft bulbs.
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Aren't each of those bulbs 150watts? If so.. i would think that if you had a fixture like that, then it would be stronger than any T5 fixtures.. right? I mean.. the T5 fixtures without the T5/MH combination. That's like 600watts.. I've never seen a 600 watt T5 fixture before.
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