T5 - is it the bulb or the fixture

hogall

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What make T5 light better than other T5? Is it the fixture, ballast or just the T5 bulbs itself. :spin1:

The question is, does it make a different if I run T5(ie ATI Blue +) on an expensive fixture vs a decent price fiture? They both claim to use individual parabolic reflectors made from reflective German-made aluminum. (ie ATI PM 98% reflextive vs Tek 95% reflective)

Dennis
 

Toly

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ATI has active cooling and probably better reflector shape. Tek is bright enough for most applications, though.
 

nanojg

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Just like anything else some designs work better than others. Yes it will make a difference.

To answer your question it is the fixture, ballast, and the bulb itself that make a difference.
 

kimber45

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also cooling. a lot of cheaper fixtures skimp on the cooling and this can make a noticeable difference in output and longevity.
 

hogall

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Thanks. I got a great deal on a 8 bulbs Tek T5. I am gonna try it out with some ATI bulbs and see.

I was hoping the answer to my question would be just the bulbs. :frog:

Oh well, :hmm1: I guess it is cheaper to buy 8 T5 bulbs than to buy a PM. Thanks for the info..

Dennis
 

yongpanda

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if you got the tek light, do a mod to put fans inside them. there's on on the diy section.

The active cooling actually does a lot to help the T5 lights give out more par actually. you should look into it.

the bulbs have somethings to do with the par from what i think.
check out the T5 Q&A thread. grimreefer is the one to ask about lights, he has done many tests on the bulbs and such.
 

1904

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my opinion.

my opinion.

this is the best I think

ICE CAP ballast

kz fiji purple.
ati- blue plus.
giesmann-actinics and midaday.
 

hogall

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Good idea, I will ck the diy section. Thanks

Dennis

if you got the tek light, do a mod to put fans inside them. there's on on the diy section.

The active cooling actually does a lot to help the T5 lights give out more par actually. you should look into it.

the bulbs have somethings to do with the par from what i think.
check out the T5 Q&A thread. grimreefer is the one to ask about lights, he has done many tests on the bulbs and such.
 
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