where/what to buy?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by mfcphil, 19 Jan 2010.

  1. mfcphil

    mfcphil Member

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    Replacing my Juwel tank and setting up a new 4ft tank....it has a large hood with room for lights. I read James C useful post on the cheap bulbs but what ballast or starter units should I buy and where from

    I have always used the juwel light units so am a little puzzled Please advise :crazy:
     
  2. Dolly Sprint 16v

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    Review the tubes you wish to purchase and buy the appropiate ballast and end caps to suit your tubes:
    http://www.lampspecs.co.uk/Light-Fittin ... ansformers
    http://www.lampspecs.co.uk/Light-Fittin ... and-Spares

    Regards
    paul.
     
  3. mfcphil

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  4. Dolly Sprint 16v

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    Good question my mate - I was thinking this after I posted the reply / out the our Robbie on his walk.

    http://www.lampspecs.co.uk/Light-Fittin ... 8Ta38Lbx50
    is a single electronic ballast suitable for T5 tubes rated at 14,21,28 & 35 watt.

    http://www.lampspecs.co.uk/Light-Fittin ... 8Ta38Lbx50
    as above decription T5 tube rated at 24 & 39 watt

    i have just broke the product coding:

    HFP114-35, HFP1 = 1 x T5 tube - 14-35 is the range of tubes the ballast will start up - 14, 21,28,35 watts
    HFP124-39, HFP1 = 1 x T5 tube - 24-39 is the range of tubes the ballast will start up - 24 or 39 watts
    HFP149, HFP1 = 1 x T5 tube - 49 is the only tube the ballast will start up - 49 watts
    HFP154, HFP1 = 1 x T5 tube - 54 is the only tube the ballast will start up - 54 watts
    HFP180, HFP1 = 1 x T5 tube - 80 is the only tube the ballast will start up - 80 watts

    Now the HFP2 work on the same coding but the 2 stands for 2 tubes so
    HFP214-35, HFP2 = 2 x T5 tube - 14-35 is the range of the tubes the ballast will start up - 14, 21,28,35 watts
    HFP224-39, HFP2 = 2 x T5 tube - 24-39 is the range of the tubes the ballast will start up - 24 or 39 watts
    and so for the rest of the HFP2 ballasts same principle as the 49,54 and 80 watt tubes

    and the
    HFP314, HFP3 = 3 X T5 tube - 14 is the only tube that this ballast will start up - 14 watt.

    So you want to run two T5 tube so you need HFP2 - the rest I dont know as you have not informed me of the tube wattage required.

    As for lens caps - yes you do need two caps for each tube to complete the electrical circuit - so you need 4 x caps for your two tubes.

    Hope this helps
    Regards
    paul.
     
  5. mfcphil

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    So the next question is pretty important then.

    For a 4ft tank that is 21" in height and is 240 litres what bulb wattage do you all recommend I use for the Osram Lumilux 880 Skywhite + Osram Lumilux 840.

    and should I 4ft bulbs or 3ft to be on the safe side
     
  6. Dolly Sprint 16v

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    Phil

    Your tank is 48" long, your hood will be slightly longer - lets say 49" and that being generous, fitting a 48" tube + the end cap may not fit into the 49" (generous) hood.

    T5 tube are measured in mm not inches where T8 are in inches.

    Now your tank is approx. 1223mm long - 54watt T5 tubes are 1149mm long without electrical endcap
    http://www.lampspecs.co.uk/Light-Bulbs- ... am-54-Watt
    - thus giving you 74mm space within your hood. Now the 74mm must be divide by 2 = 37mm which will give you the approx space for your electrical endcap, of coarse if you can fit 39 watt T5 tubes which are 849mm long without the electrical endcap http://www.lampspecs.co.uk/Light-Bulbs- ... am-39-Watt fitting these tubes would give you more room within your hood - its up to you what tubes you fit. What I would do is get a big piece of paper or cardboard and phyisically draw on the cardboard "what" it would like with the different length tubes fitted and see how much room you have to play with.

    Regards
    Paul.
     
  7. mfcphil

    mfcphil Member

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    Many thanks for the pointers :D
     
  8. jolt100

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    I bought GLO twin T5 54w units which come complete with moulded endcaps. The lamps fit inside the glass of my 4foot with 2cm to spare, Internal glass is 1200cm and lamp+endcaps is 1180cm. If you are fitting in a hood you should have plenty of room but if you are going to buy separate endcaps make sure they arent too wide :D

    regards
    John
     
  9. mfcphil

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    John do you have a link to your GLO twin T5 54w ?
     
  10. mfcphil

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    Silly question cam I use the 39w bulbs in the GLO twin T5 54w units? :?
     
  11. mfcphil

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    its ok I found a Hagen GLO T5 HO Twin Light USED Light Starter 39W
     

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