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T-5?

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by ajpearson, Oct 7, 2005.

  1. ajpearson

    ajpearson Junior Poster

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    Allright I am now officially confused... Im trying to decide wether to go with some t12 VHOs, T5 lighting, or power compacts and I cant see to locate and answer for how long theses different bulbs last? im cruzing the net and getting different answers.... Is there any place where I cant find this information?
     
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    Re: T-5?

    For 55/75 gal, the T5's are nice, I like them, they are still a bit $$$ vs the PC lamps...........but they are nice.

    I'd not bother with VHO's....

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    Tom Barr
     
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    Re: T-5?

    ok but how often do you have to replace them. What is the life expectancy of the pc vs. t5? every 6 months, yearly, or more?
     
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    Re: T-5?

    Bulb life expectancy:

    PC - 1 year
    T5 - 2 years

    Contrary to popular belief, T5's are really not any more expensive than PC lights. Given their much higher efficiency and longer life span, T5's are actually cheaper over a 2 year span (example: 55w PC bulb = $18-28; 54w T5 bulb = $10-15). They are also more effective than PC lighting, therefore, they require less light than PC.
     
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    Re: T-5?

    Yya...........but I think the main issues are better light spread and less intensity(PC's have a little too much IMO, we simply do not need that much in most cases).

    For smaller tanks, PC's do well but for a 55-75 gal, 2x 54 w is perfect for most designs/layouts. I've seen some very nice systems using this wattage set up.

    I get 4-5 years out of my PC lamps.
    If yours are only 1 year or less, send me your bulbs:)

    I've said this for 5 years and no one has ever sent me their bulbs yet..........

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