Aquatinics Solar Flare

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by patchin, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. patchin

    patchin Facilities / Event Coordinator

    Any opinions on the Solar Flare 6 bulb t5 unit? Seems like a way to light my 100 ga with a minimum of wattage.
     
  2. iani

    iani Guest

    One thing to note with the solar flare fixtulre is that it over drives the bulbs. Each bulb is driven at ~80 watts. With all 6 bulbs driven you will be near the 500w mark. You won't be saving much on electricity compared to 2x250w MH driven with an electronic ballast.
     
  3. patchin

    patchin Facilities / Event Coordinator

    Good Point!
     
  4. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    However, if you could turn on the fixture two bulbs at a time and eventually ramp up the intensity you will save some electrical energy vs running 2x250w 8-12 hours a day. However by over driving the bulbs you shorten the life, and the extra cost of bulb replacement might negate any energy bill savings.
     
  5. hiepatitis

    hiepatitis Guest

    If you have a canopy you can do a retrofit which is cheaper and you can spread out 4 bulbs which should be plenty
     
  6. patchin

    patchin Facilities / Event Coordinator

    So you think 4 t5s is enough light for a 48x24x20tall tank?
     
  7. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    For an SPS tank, I would use 6-8 bulbs T5HO (not the over driven T5HO)
    I would also stagger the lighting to turn on something like (adjust as you see fit)

    4-5pm = 2 bulbs on
    5-7 pm = 4 bulbs on
    7-10 pm = 6 bulbs on
    10-12 pm = 4 bulbs on
    12-1 am = 2 bulbs on
     
  8. hiepatitis

    hiepatitis Guest

    If you have good reflectors and overdriving them. If you don't want to overdrive them you may need more. It also depends on what you're keeping. I got an ATI fixture which doesn't overdrive the bulbs but the output is good. It costs a pretty penny though.
     
  9. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    I think 4 bulbs would be fine too for only 20" tall, I mean you probably won't get any crazy insane growth rates but it'll work still.
     
  10. CookieJar

    CookieJar Guest

    4 would work but consider if you want different colors throughout the day. If it were me I'd go 6 like Gomer mentioned and have 2 ballasts so I could stagger them on & off at different times.
     
  11. patchin

    patchin Facilities / Event Coordinator

    Yeh, six bulbs on two standard ballasts sound good. Anybody got one available?
     
  12. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    If you want want Tony suggested you need 3 ballasts. Also most normal T5 ballasts only can run 2 bulbs per ballast anyways. Exception is the icecap ballasts, but those over drive the bulbs
     
  13. tuberider

    tuberider Guest


    Ask Mikey about how well you can do with just 4 bulbs, you can get insane crazy growth rates with that setup. IMO PAR is overrated, water clarity plays a huge role much of a role as light, as well as flow too.

    Not to discount your post Mike, you are correct, I just wanted to bring into the discussion the other factors that influence coral health/growth.
     
  14. iani

    iani Guest

    On a side note did you guys see that the new TEK lights will have built in fans and new reflectors?
     
  15. tuberider

    tuberider Guest


    Mikey runs an old TEK and is happy, they do the job for sure!
     
  16. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Yah but no details :( just a couple little pics :(
     
  17. hiepatitis

    hiepatitis Guest

    the fans will help big time. longer bulb life and brighter burn.
     
  18. patchin

    patchin Facilities / Event Coordinator

    How high off the water should they be?
     
  19. northbay-reefer

    northbay-reefer Honorary Member

    Patchin, what ever you do, please do not put these solar flare any where close to the cherry bomb milli or you know what will happen :D :D
     
  20. patchin

    patchin Facilities / Event Coordinator

    I guess I'd have to get a new tank!
     

Share This Page