Wiring three fluorescent tubes
Can anyone help me figure out how to install a third tube in my
canopy? I presently have two 30W T12's (Hitron full-spectrum) installed over a 33 gallon tank with
I've been quite pleased with the results, but of course, nothing more
demanding (rotala macranda, for example) is really thriving. 120W
seems like it might be too much, especially since there is only about
2" clearance between the tubes and the surface of the water. I'm
concerned about heat, algae bloom, etc. So I've decided to try three
tubes for 90W.
I got a two-bulb electronic ballast, and wired in the water-resistant
endcaps, but the single tube burns much less brightly than the two presently installed. The fellow at the
lighting store says this is normal. What can I do to get a single 30W
T12 burning at full brightness? Alternatively, would 4 30W bulbs in a
fairly low canopy cause the problems I think they might?
Thanks for your help.
Rev. Michael A. Rodgers When you stop to think . . .
Benediction Lutheran Church
Tsawwassen, British Columbia Don't forget to start again.
michael_rodgers at mindlink_bc.ca