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ATI dimmable T5 lighting

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Tom Barr, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. Tom Barr

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    Yep, I looked at that option also.

    I wonder if I can do this with my PC fixture on thr 180 Gal, blah.........I'll likely just sell it and get more ATI.
     
  2. Gerryd

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    Hi hani,

    I am a bit confused here. Can you help?

    I am poking around on the GHL web site and have a question?

    Do I need a CONTROLLER as well as the light bar????

    Can you please provide a link to which product you mean?

    Here is what I THINK you mean:

    http://ghl-direct.com/proddetail.php?prod=PL-0623

    Would I just plug my single cord AquaticLife fixture into this bar? And the bar can then dim the light? Can it control all 12x39 INDIVIDUALLY or all the SAME way?

    Many thanks in advance...
     
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    Hi,
    you need to have a controller.
    hani
     
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    and all the ballast has to be dimmable, the dimmable power bar has 2 sockets, evrey socket is controlled separatly.
    hani
     
  5. Tom Barr

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    Yep, it can be done, good thing about Hani's suggestion, you do not have the sell and ship the old hood/fixture:)
     
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    I see..

    I found this unit. Is this what we are talking about here? How can I verify my fixture will work with this controller?

    Do I need anything else? Does it NEED to be hooked to a PC or is that just an option?

    Sorry for all the questions. I can figure a lot out if it was HERE LOL, but have no experience using this hardware...Is harder to figure out over the web.

    I can get a better model, just want to ensure I am on the right track!

    Thanks again.
     
  7. Tom Barr

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    I ain't done it, check Reefcentral though, they will have a few suckers that have.
     
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    Hi all,

    I have decided to purchase 2 of the 36" 8x39w units for my 220....

    I contacted Premium Aquatics and they quoted me an excellent price plus shipping. Less than the webpage :)

    I will most likely pull the trigger this week...
     
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    Now you guys got me thinking about getting one lol! I was wondering...:confused: My 100gal is about 22-23in top to substrate. It's 48in long.

    1. Would one of these fixtures put off the amount of light that is required for high light?

    2. Could I get away with one of the 36 in fixtures or would the 48 be better? The 36 has more bulbs and more coverage.

    3. If so, how much better would they be compared to one another?
     
  10. Tom Barr

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    They will pump out a great deal of light Gerry.

    I like the 2 ATI blue specials, 1 ATI purple, 3 Ge starcoats, 2 Aquawave Red, there's a few others I've not tried yet.
     
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    1. Yes, they can handle from no light to high light. Very good fixtures.

    2. You could but the ends may be darker. I would go for the 48" fixture. The 36 and 48 have the same configurations. Either 4 or 8 x 54w tubes.

    3. With the longer fixture you get better coverage period. You will most likely be able to reduce the pct considerably with the spread of the light. These are WIDE fixtures as well and will provide good spread front to back.

    Per the website, the 48 is $50 more than the 36" model for 4x54w...

    http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/lighting/t5-lighting-1/ati-fixtures/ati-dimmable-powermodules
     
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    Thanks Gerry! Now I have something to think about lol...
     
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    This does come in a 48" 6 bulb configuration and in 60" fixtures.
     
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    I can't seem to determine the difference between powermodules and sunpower versions of the ATI fixture. is it performance, looks, or both?

    Also, if I decide to go with a 60"x30" (front to back) new tank as opposed to 72x30" (then I could go one 60" ATI fixture instead of two 36" fixtures), is there a downside to the 60" fixture in terms of bulbs? Thanks.
     
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    Hi, I have the same issue as the ATI website and a retail website do not match the verbiage or naming conventions. I actually sent an e-mail to Premium aquatics asking this very question and was not answered as I had hoped. I will call them again via phone and speak to someone.

    I don't see where a 60" fixture would cause any issues. It depends on the # of bulbs you get in the config you want. It will still provide a good spread as these fixtues are > 13" wide..

    There is no design diff between the different LENGTH fixtures as far as I am aware. Sorry, but I don't track your concern here, can you elaborate?
     
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    I believe the down side is that there are not too many choices in bulbs in that size. The most common bulbs are in the 24, 36 or 48" sizes, with 48" having the most choices.
     
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    60" bulbs are fine for those 60" tanks, but finding bulbs is tougher, 24/48 are the most common length, but 36" are common, just not as common.
    Having bulbs show up not broken by poor shipping? Very tough, do not buy anything from Amazon, they all came in broke and the even after having them returned and told why they broke, they did it again.

    Buy from aquatic dealers ONLY.
     
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    I buy my bulbs from BRS personally. They pack them well. They wrap the bulbs in bubble wrap, then put them in a shipping tube, then pack the top and buttom with bubble wrap, and then the tube goes into a shipping box. I've done a lot of business with them and I've been very pleased with their packaging.

    I'm still contemplating getting one of these for myself in a 48" 6 bulb configuration. The extra control with programming the timers, the dimming feature, and the single power cable are good selling points for me. Not to mention the reflectors. The only turn off is the aluminum color. Is this fixture coated with anything to help prevent rust? I plan to use it in a salt water environment. I would think it would be since thats what they mainly market them towards but thought I'd ask.
     
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    Tape it up good for paint prep and use high temp enamel paint.

    Add 2-3 coats of lighter paint, then allow to dry fully between coats, use the finest steel wool you can to scuff up the layer between coats except the final.
     
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    Aluminum won't rust. Might pit though over time. A nice spray of clear coat would protect and preserve the satin aluminum look. Clearcoat over alum won't show any finish imperfections as a benefit. Got to like the look though.
     
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