Considering T5 only lighting

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by leslie hempel, 15 Aug 2008.

  1. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    guys

    im at a crossroads again...

    i am wondering what success people have had with T5 only lit tanks..

    i am looking at going softies LPS and a clam or 3 and am juggling the idea of sticking to my hailides or buying a T5 lighting unit.

    my problem in the past was my landlord is a bit of a stickler when it came to running the hailides and things got sorta nasty.. my rent is low and i want to keep it that way.. i have seen many beautiful tanks on other sites utilizing only T5

    opinions please...

    PS: i will never get rid of my hailides just wait of the right opportunity to boot them up again..
     
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  3. Rory

    Rory Admin MASA Contributor

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    What did the landlord have a problem with???
     
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    leslie hempel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    the electricity bill!!!
     
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    Shaun Retired Moderator

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    My Tank is T5 only. Everything seems to be growing.
     
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    leslie hempel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    please elaborate? specifics such as brand? white /blue cobinatiuon ratios? and even pics if you want to add... im interested in the duration which they have been on the tank aswell?

    im quizzy tonight...:lol:
     
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    Shaun Retired Moderator

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    This is what has been running up until now, busy changing from 39w to 54w. T5's are between 1 - 1,5 years old.
    6 x T5's

    2 x blue (1x chepo 1x AM)
    3 x white. (2x AM 10k, ATI 10k)
    1 x Fugi Purple

    blue on 6am off 21:00
    White 8am off 19:00
     
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    leslie hempel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    cool thanks i would probably go with a proper unit rather than wire up myself so that it can be easily taken off and stored when its time for the hailides to come out again..
     
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    That doesn't make sense. Metal halides probably only consume around 20-25% more electricity than the same wattage of T5's. Get electronic ballasts for your halides which should be more efficient. T5's are great but they're not going to make that much difference to your electricity bill.
     
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    Rory that is correct. I have been considering using 2 x 150w HM as it will work out cheaper, than 6 x 54w Mh.
     
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    Depending on the depth of ones tank if you select good makes of 150W MH bulb of the right kelvin they can visually and to some extent intensity wise compare favourably with cheaper makes of 250W MH bulb. I've had good results from BLV MHs.
     
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    Hey dude. 300W of Metal Halide equals 300W of T5. Although with MH you may still add a T5 or two to supplement the colour. But not really much of a saving. I still feel T5's work out more expensive in the long run.
     
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    leslie hempel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    I will be running 3 x 150w hailides 2 x t5 and 2 x t12 going to be 638watts of lighting. Vs 324 for 6 x t5
     
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    whats a t12?
     
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    leslie hempel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    The larger diameter actinics
     
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    so these are larger then t8?
     
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    T5's are awsome,espescially for colour. The only problem with T5's, is that they need to be replaced more frequently than halides as they loose their intensity. This is the cost factor.
     
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    Hi Hill my giesemann 2x250watts and 4 t5s gave excellent light but my electrical bill very,very high,then i changed to ati power module 8x80watt my electrical bill dropped by R300.00 and the coll of my corals and growth has got much better than before
     
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    Not sure what your system has but the power consumption of MH can be quite alot higher due to the heat factor. Unless you can get the MH high enough the water your chiller is going run constantly.

    I run 450w of T5's 54 & 80w - 16 hours a day and temp fucuations are minimal. Also I don't have much option on MH as I have lid and MH 75mm from the water is just asking of shit.

    PS: 80w T5, is rated at a similar light intensity to a 150w MH ;)
     
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    leslie hempel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    thank you for the input guys, im just looking to simplify the whole thing.. and keep the landlord happy..

    since i stopped running the tank he hasn't even given me an increase in rent.
    the other side of things are that the flat is small and flippen hot in summer..so a chiller will chow at electricity.. i actually lost alot of my stuff due to not being able to put the chiller on last summer...

    remember sps will be minimal if at all (monti's) the focus here is richodea, mushrooms, zoa's and LPS and softies...
     
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    Get some 80w T5's, if they can fit. They rock and keep my SPS and clams happy.
     
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