Reflector to hold t5 compact?

Fred Dulley

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I've got this bulb http://www.lampspecs.co.uk/Light-Bulbs-Tubes/860-865-Daylight_5 for my Interpet compact t5 controller 24W.
It's very similar to the bulb that I bought with it (made by interpet). So bright!
However, what reflector and clips will hold this in place? My juwel reflector with the t8 clips that came with it, can't hold it at all.
The reflector needs to hold the bulb because I want to do this modification with it. http://www.fishforums.net/index.php?showtopic=83620&st=0&start=0
Thanks guys.
 

Steve Smith

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You might be able to use regular metal T5 clips like this:

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I have some metal clips that fit the compact T5 tubes. I think they came with the second hand unit I bought (I think it was off of SuperColey). I've seen them advertised though.
 

Fred Dulley

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Just found these on Aquatics Online UK.
Interpet T5 Power Compact Light Clips
Metal T5 Power Compact Light Clips

Pack of 2 : with attachment screws

Interpet Part No : 1418

Ideal as replacements for original plastic T5 clips supplied with earlier T5 Convertagears

Fair enough.
I did try some t5 clips that come with the juwel reflectors but they were too small and I didn't want to force it at risk of breaking a hot, new tube.
 

GreenNeedle

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Post 88 in this journal of my first setup I did this with a 55W and an Arcadia T8 reflector:

http://www.fishforums.net/index.php?sho ... 2761&st=80

First I nut and bolted the T5 clips that came with the Interpet starter to the reflector. Then I nut and bolted the reflector (with the clips already fitted) to the hood. You can use the screw head covers that were shown in the DIY post you saw. Then I straightened 2 paperclips and bent them into C shapes as security around the tube clips because I don't trust any of these clips.

If you don't align the clips at exactly the perfect angle then the tube is always putting pressure on to get out so the paperclips are just for piece of mind. I still use some on the Arcadia T8 I have in at the mo.

AC
 
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