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Matt replied the topic: Re: I opened the box of mystery....

So hours later, and a $35 investment, a gutted standard T12 fixture and some blood. I now have T5 lights for my discus :D


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Big-Ken replied the topic: Re: I opened the box of mystery....

that looks nice it's gonna make your discus colors pop, just a tip if any of your discus are blue you can swap one of the 6700k bulbs for a 10000k bulb and it will accent the blue better
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Matt replied the topic: Re: I opened the box of mystery....

Yea, I don't know exactly what the rating is on that ballast, so I didn't want to overload it. And since I was teaching myself wiring and all that jazz, i'm just glad the house isn't on fire

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DRACO replied the topic: Re: I opened the box of mystery....

basically, the wiring diagram from one socket to another is indicated at the
back of the ballast itself.... it is either for one bulb or two...
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Matt replied the topic: Re: I opened the box of mystery....

Yea, so maybe you know this, if I put bulbs that need a higher powered ballast in there, would they simply not illuminate? Or would they be dimmer?

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Nina_W replied the topic: Re: I opened the box of mystery....

I think they just won't start. The ballast basically provides a spark to get your gasses to make light, if the spark isn't intense enough, no start.
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Matt replied the topic: Re: I opened the box of mystery....

Gotcha, figured I'd find out before I blew up my house :D

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ehall67 replied the topic: Re: I opened the box of mystery....

I one summer when I was in college for a summer job took out all the old lights in schools and put it new super white t5s that were energy efficient I believe ... really really boring :pinch: ...

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JasonR replied the topic: Re: I opened the box of mystery....

Dang man you got right on that! Nice job! Now how bout that step by step guide? :whistle:
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cebosound replied the topic: Re: I opened the box of mystery....

MattsOscars wrote: i'm just glad the house isn't on fire

:lol: :laugh:

lol. glad it worked out. the lighting looks great. but, like J said, i don't know anything about DIY lighting. .... so we are making you the official tank lighting champion. B)

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