Phillips Blue T8

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  1. Smithers

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    I know what you must be thinking. A T8 that is like so last year. Last night I was a bored so I started cleaning out some old boxes and found a Phillips Blue T8.
    With my first tank (Year Before) I had one of these running. I remember it being quite blue but last night I was amazed.

    I pulled out the trusty ballast and quickly connected it. I turned off the T5's and turned on the T8

    The light, for those of you who are not familiar with it, glows a deep dark blue. I have some orange and brown zoa's. The orange glowed a luminous organge and for the first time I noticed organge dots on tips of the polyps.
    My green stars were glowing as well.

    I am going to use this now as a night light for my tank now.
     
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  3. Ridwaan

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    Cool....
    I heard you get these in T12 aswell..
     
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    Cool, please post pics as I am keen to see the results.
     
  5. Bristlebasher

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    Philips 03 actinics are still very good lamps - run 2 of these on my frag tank.
     
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    Smithers

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    They are so cheap as well. I picked mine up for 49 rand ! IMO it is nicer than the ATI pure blue.
    Galibore I will try take some pics tonight.
     
  7. Mekaeel

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    the philips is quite nice,ive tried it out on older systems,even the white in it is pure crisp white!
     
  8. Rod

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    Phillips Lamps

    I use them, have done for many years. They are very effective. The Phillips 2 and three foot actinic lamps are T8, The 4 foot actinic is a T12.
    If I may, T5 simply means 5/8 ths of an inch, so T12 is 12/8 ths which means one and a half inch. T5 's are High Output lamps ie a 3 foot T5 has an output of 39 watts as opposed to a 3 foot T8 which has an output of 30 watt.
    The magic is not in whether the lamps are T5 or T8, its in the spectrum.

    Rod
     
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  9. Bristlebasher

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    Nice to see you here Rod.

    Yeah - I think the guys are more concerned about the size due to the fittings they run.

    T5's require electronic ballasts - while the rest can be run on standards.
     
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    Smithers

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    That is the crap thing with T8's or t12's they are just big and bulky. Just the spectrum the Phillips blue delivers I think is really nice.
    Thanks for the extra info Rod.
     
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    Thanks Bristlebasher, your tank is amazing.
     
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    I use the phillips antinics with no problems, 2 x 3 ft and 1 x 5 ft VHO T12
     
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    Smithers

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    Alan do the VHO T12 require a special ballast ? And where do you get them from ?
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    excellent bulb and have been looking for an equivalent in a T5 for ages.....
     
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    The VHO puts out 140w and i wired 2 x 65w ballists to run it.
     
  16. Rod

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    Phillips T12

    Could you help with the wiring on the 2 x 65 w? I have seen it done in the distant past and can't remember.
     
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    Sure will have to find the diag and post it.
     
  18. Bob the (reef)builder

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    You wire it as though wiring a single balast, and then add one in parallel. (ie put the second one next to the first, take one line from the LHS of ballast one to LHS of Ballast 2 another line from RHS of Ballast 1 to RHS of ballast 2). Easy really.

    Those phillips bulbs are great, get fantastic flourescence too. The original and possibly still the best Actinic around.
     
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    And where do we get these phillips tubes? :whistling:
     
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    Anybody know what lengths these are available in?
     
  21. Alan

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    Viper i have only seen them in 5ft lengths. I know Liaquat stocks them.
     

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