T5 tubes

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    Hi guys

    I have just installed a new system in Firgrove, the customer wanted state of the art electrics and T5 tubes. Well I must add, I fitted 4 x 80w daylight tubes and 6x T8 plant tubes. I tell you , those 4 daylights are bright. The length of the tubes are 1.5mtrs. I will post some pics soon.
    The T5 tubes are operated from Osram electronic ballasts and each ballast runs 2 tubes.
    I must add that those T5 tubes get hot so watch out for DIY reflectors.
     
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    Yip, running the shorter, hight output 54w ones, very bright and they are getting cheaper. Found some cool white (around 4500K) for R50 at a light shop near East Rand Mall, they are also now stocking daylight (6000K) at R99.
     
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    Hi Philip

    Are you mounting the ballasts close to the reflectors? Is this a 1.5m setup?
     
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    How long does a T5 light last? How do I know when it is "finished"
     
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    Hi Len, T5's are supposed to last much longer than T8's and degrade very little.
    Have a look at http://www.aquarium-lighting-guide.com/fluorescent - they reckon 2 - 3 years, manufacturers claim anything from 10,000 - 18,000 hours (that assumes 10 hours per day every day).
     

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