Mulling over lighting. Advice sought.

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Bruce Spiegelman, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

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    Could be bad/weak/cheap GFCI plug, could be that that the ballast some how holds the current for a bit (inductor, capacitor, etc) and as a result tricks the GFCI plug thinking that more power went in than came out. I used to have this issue with magnetic ballasts all the time, switched to electronic and never had the issue again.
     
  2. Vincerama2

    Vincerama2 Evil Overlord

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    I'm using icecap electronic ballasts, one is brand new, the other is not brand new.

    I would actually prefer that the lights simply stayed off when the power came back. They are on simple timers anyway, so they have to be re-set to the current time. I can just turn them on again manually and nothing dies after a day without light, but a popped GFCI or whatever is popping will be worse.

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    But I digress and thread-jack. Carry one please!
     
  3. yellojello

    yellojello Supporting Member

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    For a 48"x24"x12" tall (short)... would you go with 6 or 8 bulb T5? I was thinking of added LED strips on each side (I have a spare Reefbrite already). I have plenty of height and no canopy. In my backroom, so I don't care how it looks, thus will get a hydroponics fixture and schedule with my APEX.
     
  4. Bruce Spiegelman

    Bruce Spiegelman BOD

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    If you're going with a hydroponics fixture I'd go with 8 simply because the reflectors aren't near as good, but it also depends on what you're growing in the tank.
     
  5. yellojello

    yellojello Supporting Member

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    SPS. Yea 8 bulb isn't that much more. I missed a local guy selling his ATI fixture with reefbrites
     
  6. Bruce Spiegelman

    Bruce Spiegelman BOD

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    I saw that post this morning. Incredibly cheap even though it was the Tek Reefbrights. But if you're in no rush, and doing SPS, I'd still consider waiting till I found a well-priced ATI fixture over a no name. All indications point to the reflectors making a huge difference especially for any sps near the back and sides.
     
  7. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

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    I have a 4' 8 bulb tek light...
    I think 6 bulb probably enough Tho.
     
  8. Bruce Spiegelman

    Bruce Spiegelman BOD

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    What does it tell you?
     
  9. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

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    To sell it
     
  10. Bruce Spiegelman

    Bruce Spiegelman BOD

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    Hahahaha. Awesome -- your tank is your wife!
     
  11. daddio

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  12. yellojello

    yellojello Supporting Member

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    Picking up a used 6 bulb ATI from a local reefer :) Going to add 2 led bars to supplement. Taking my sweet time to polish out my used frag tank :confused:
     

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