new T5 luminaire on its way - thankyou

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by a1Matt, 10 Mar 2008.

  1. a1Matt

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    Hi Guys,

    I just joined to say thanks for the forum. It is really nice to see a UK forum with knowledgable members when choosing equipment.

    I spent hours on here over the weekend poring over posts to help me decide what lights to buy for my 3ft tank. (Am currently running 3 x Triplus 25w T8 and love the colour but at £15 each am fed up of them burning out after 6 months)

    The time and care taken in people posting pics of different lamps has helped me no end. In particular this post: http://ukaps.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t= ... olux+osram . James C you are a star!

    Then last night I ordered a 3 x 24w T5 unit from a German company off of Ebay. I got it for £75 inc. p+p for the luminaire with tubes included.

    Can't wait to get my hands on it! ... Then I will buy some tubes and start swapping them around.

    I may even post some pics so I can contribute back into the forum :D
     
  2. a1Matt

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  3. Themuleous

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    Excellent, glad to hear the forum is already meeting the needs of others and people in the UK are finding it useful :)

    I have that luminary and have to say Im very pleased with it.

    Tank sounds interesting, keep us posted on your progress :)

    Sam
     
  4. StevenA

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    I also have a 3x 24w from that company on my 2ft tank. Had it for a couple of months now and it's been excellent. I also bought a 3x 39w one for my Rio 180 about a year ago, and that's a great luminaire too. If you need any new tubes for it then use this company http://www.lampspecs.co.uk/ they are excellent on price and very speedy delivery. :D

    That company you ordered from on ebay will get the luminaire delivered to you probably by Friday this week if you've already paid for it, they are very good ;)
     
  5. a1Matt

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    Thanks guys, it is reassuring that you have the same luminaires and are happy with them 8)

    As I don't actually want any more light output than my T8's provided (I can't keep up with the pruning!) I am going to wait until the luminaire comes in and see how bright the light is compared to my T8's, then make a judgement call on what/how many lamps to buy for it (to replace the naff ones that I am sure will come with it).

    When I do buy them it will definitely be from lamp specs and will most likely be a combination of Colour 96, Osram 880 and Grolux. I am thinking maybe 2 of each. This will give me enough to do a good mix and match experiment and keep me in spare lamps for a few years afterwards. :D
     
  6. Garuf

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    Sweet lord that's going to give you úber lighting!
    assuming your running a standard sized tank of 15gallons you'll have 72watts of light, so that's 4.8 watts per gallon!
     
  7. Garuf

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    Just read it was for a 3ft tank :oops:
     
  8. Voo

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    I have a luminaire from these guys, although it was 2nd hand.
    when i got it, one of the hinges was broken. They agreed to send out another hinge for just £5. When i got it it was the wrong one, but they sent out the correct one free of charge.

    Nice helpful chaps :)
     
  9. a1Matt

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    I got the luminaire on Thursday and am really pleased with it :)

    The lamps that come with it are a disgusting blue colour. Which is pretty much what I was expecting so I have ordered some more off of lamp specs. Delivery expected Tuesday according to the UPS tracker.

    @ Garuf - I would love uber lighting :D but would need sunglasses to look at the tank with that much wpg :lol:
    My tank size is 36" x 20" x 15", which I work out at 160l~35UK gallons~2W per gallon.

    I'm off to stare at my fish now ;)
     
  10. Themuleous

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    Thats grate, Matt, let us know how the tank does :)

    Sam
     
  11. LondonDragon

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    I also purchased my 4x24w T5 from these guys, I paid £38+Del for mine ;)
    Note that the tubes that come with it are all 10k so you will need to change some of these if not all.
    After about 9 months one of the tubes stopped working, I took the thing apart and found out that it was one of tha ballasts, I emailed them regarding this and they sent me a new ballast free of charge.
    I recommend these guys.
     
  12. a1Matt

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    Thats a damn good price, nice one 8) (I paid £42+ del for mine to be precise!)

    I should have bought a 4 way instead of a 3way! I thought that the unit would be as bright as my 3 x 25W T8's but it isn't. It is almost as bright, and to the eye that is fine, but I am not getting any pearling at all, whereas I used to get a little bit. I think it is probably the tube combo I have rather than the units per se.

    Agreed. The lights that come with it are a horrid blue.

    Since last posting I have tried out a few tube combos... I have settled on 2 x Osram 880 tubes and 1 x Grolux.

    I am going to give the tank a couple of weeks to settle (as I had a minor replanting and bought some new fish this week as well) and then if my pearling doesn't come back I will experiment with running T5 and T8 in combination.

    It's all good fun, I do like keeping my planted tank :D
     
  13. LondonDragon

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    Glad you got everything ok, a 4x24w would have been ideal you can always get another 2x24w the same size ;)
    Saw a couple sell this week for £21+del so might be worth checking it if you need it. All depends on the type of plants you want to keep.
    To get mine that cheap I added all their 4x24w to my ebay bid snipper and just left it to do the bidding for me with a max of £40, after a couple of months managed to get one that cheap! Was happy about that.
     
  14. a1Matt

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    Thats really helpful thanks :)

    Can you tell me the name of the ebay software you are using?

    My immediate reaction is to say that I do not want to grow anything too fancy, but 20 years in and this hobby is still unfolding, so I will most likely end up growing plants that need higher light requirements at some stage ;) ....
     
  15. LondonDragon

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    Its called BayGenie ( http://baygenie.com/ ) Its not free, but you if you look around you might get a crack for it :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
     
  16. a1Matt

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    sweet 8)
     
  17. LondonDragon

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    Just don't go bidding on stuff I am bidding on :p
     
  18. Arana

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    I'm also awaiting delivery of a 4X24w 80cm from these guys, does anybody know what size the tubes are in a 80cm, i'm guessing 60cm but i don't want to put a lamspecs order in until i'm sure :)
     
  19. milla

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    They are the standard 24w T5;s -549mm i think
     
  20. Lisa_Perry75

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    Oooh, I hate people that use that software. Mainly cos I'm too scared to use it!
     

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