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Re: light level recommendation
- To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
- Subject: Re: light level recommendation
- From: Jon Wright <Jon.Wright at DropShip_Org>
- Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 10:23:44 -0500
- In-Reply-To: <200202120848.g1C8m3A15919 at actwin_com>; from Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com on Tue, Feb 12, 2002 at 03:48:03AM -0500
- References: <200202120848.g1C8m3A15919 at actwin_com>
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Yes, I left out a phrase when I sent that URL. Ooops :) AH Supply's 55
watt kits use a 4 in a row (2G11) ping layout. I just did a search last weekend
for endcaps for this configuration, found a couple. Leviton has one, a 13452, I
seem to recall. Graybar carries this for about $5 each. I ended up ordering mine
from Atlanta Light bulbs(www.atlantalightbuls.com), Code 222 for $2.59 each.
I'll let you know when they get here. I originally ordered a 2x55 from AH
Supply, then heard some people talking about Fulham's electronic ballasts
(www.fulham.com), which are what AH uses. The WorkHorse 5 was about $29.00
each for 2 from Hughes Supply, an electrical supply house that operates all
over Florida. I had to pay the shipping on the ballasts, because they weren't
a stock item, but that is included in the cost above. So, I will end up an
additional 2x55w kit for much less than AH supply sells it for, but I have
to make my own reflector and bulb holder.
If you are looking to add light to a tank that is 24" or longer, you
may want to consider going with a ballast that can handle bulbs in the
36w to 55w range. These ballasts can do all of them, with minor wiring changes
depending on the exact bulbs. If you are looking at Fulham's web site, the
bulbs that AH supply sells are the Osram/Sylvania pin configuration as
opposed to the Panasonic/GE configuration. These are also referred to as the
German(linear) versus Japanese(square) pin layouts. I don't know what the
standard base type is for the square pin layouts.
I hope I helped out and didn't confuse things too much. If anyone
wants more informtation, drop me a line and I'll do what I can.