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  1. shaunn

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    Hi all

    i have been hearing all about this T5 lighting

    1 why is it better than an ordinary marine light
    2 what is the differences ie do they last longer
    3 why do we use them besides to light the the tank
     
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    what do you consider an ordinary marine light ?
     
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    LFS showed me a T5 is just a thinner globe then the normal one i use for my tropical tank
     
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    Hi Shaun. T5 lighting is a flourecent tube light. I dont know what you mean by an ordinary marine light but i will try and answer your questions as best i can. They will last about 12 months depending on how long they burn each day and, of coarse, the make of the light. to answer your last question, i dont know what light you have in your tank, but we have these lights above our tanks for various reasons most importantly, for the growth of corals and thenn also for the growth of plankton in the water that the coral filter feed off. There are various different colours of T5's and i am sure your LFS can assist you with the wright lighting for your system depending on what you will be keeping. I hope this helps, i am also new at this but i am sure all the exsperienced MASA members will give you more detailed info. Goodluck. Oh and by the way, fish cant see in the dark:lol:
     
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    well, next time you visit them ask them to show you a switched on t5 next to a switched on t8(normal tube), the t5 will be much brighter. T5's are newer technology, the produce more lumens per watt which gives them more penetrating power than t8's and so on...
     
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    what i under stand is T5 is the size of the flourecent tube light and u get t3 which is bigger is this correct?

    if i am correct why don't we use t3 flourecent tube lights
     
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    ok thx that ans my question
     
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    As singularity said , T5 's give much better and brighter lighting and penetrate much deeper into the water. Again it depends what you will be keeping in your tank e.g if you are going to keep fish only then i suppose the T3 's will be ok but if you are going to keep corals then nothing less than T5' s will do.
     
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    how much does T5 balist cost and the avg prince of the light ?
     
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    good ballast R200 (osram)
    tubes can be from R70 for a cheapie up to R300+ for geisman and other quality tubes, this is for 1.2m or 4ft tubes
     
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    All depends on the size. Mine, i think, is a 1,3m unit that can hold 4 tubes. the complete system was R2900. the tubes are about R300 for good ones.
     
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    i see that Rs is selling the T5 Philips ballast for R 175 ext vat
     
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    and the are T5 54W tube 830 3000K warm white HO are R36 each but u need to buy 40 @ a shot
     
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    hey Shaun, in my opinion i think it is generally better to get the t5 lighting units that you will see at a lfs. i think i saw that you have a 1.2m tank, so the 4x 54w units will be good for softies and some lps. when you go DIY it may be a bit cheaper but you need to include the ballasts which are generally 2x54W so two of these, then reflectors are important as they increase your light gain by something like 80%, then ofcourse the bulbs themselves, generally 2x 10 000k and 2x actinic.
    buying a built unit also generally looks much neater unless your DIY skills are great or you are looking for at doing something specific.
    as for the phillips bulbs, im not sure they will be adequate for tank use, especially if corals are included. im sure any lfs would steer you away from those.
     
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    also remember not to listen to your LFS. As I said they are just making money off u.
     
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    Shaun,

    Do you mean T8's or T3's? I think you mean T8's

    T5's are more compact... I wouldnt put any T5 bulb that costs under R200 each in my tank if I want to keep corals. I'm busy replacing all my Aquamedics with Geisemanns - R260/bulb for 24W.
     
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    Jungle Aquatics is selling a whole kit for R1400 thats for a 4 light unit is this a good price ?
     
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    Yup, that is a good price but yet again it all depends on the make. You must try and by the best lights you can afford. The better the quality the better the effect of the light and the longer it will last. Dont buy something now that you will regret in a years time.
     
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    Hi guys
    to day i got me a T5 Ballist and a Giesemann PowerChrome Miday 6500 k and end caps
    my questions are will i be able to wire up just one light for now , how do i wire it up correcly?
     
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    i will be building my own canopy out of lampine and resesing the ends so it will fit sug on the top of the tank the lights are jsut gona fit

    were will i find the rectors ?
     
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