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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 2:31 pm Post subject: CFL to ?? Need suggestion Reply with quote

 Hi
 
 I  am  planning  to  upgrade  my  lighting  unit  from  140w(in  total)  CFL  6500k  to  ??  
 
 Need  suggestion  :-  
 
 What  should  i  go  for  T5  or  T5  HO  or  PLL  ?
 
 Keeping  in  mind  the  heat  factor,  power  consumption,etc.   
 
 
 Tank  Dimension  :-  42*18*18  (220Ltr)
 I  'll  be  using  it  in  my  DIY  Aquarium  hood  (pic  attached)  sorry  for  the  poor  pic.
 
 Reason  for  changing  :-  what  to  achieve  less  power  consumption   &  heat  issue.  Can't  go  for  LED.
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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 3:15 pm Post subject: Re: CFL to ?? Need suggestion Reply with quote

 Also  need  to  know  about  kelvin/lumens  requirement
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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 5:18 pm Post subject: Re: CFL to ?? Need suggestion Reply with quote

 Is  it  going  to  be  a  planted  tank  ?  With  or  without  CO2  ?  Will  there  be  foreground  plants  ?  If  it  is  planted  with  CO2  and  foreground  plants  then  go  for  1xT5  HO  6500K  over  the  front  area  and  1  x  T5  NO  4200K  in  the  middle  and  1x  T5NO  6500k  Towards  the  back
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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 12:07 am Post subject: Re: CFL to ?? Need suggestion Reply with quote

 Hi  mortis  thanks  for  the  reply.
 
 Yes  it  is  for  my  planted  tank.  Tank  size  -  42inch(L)  *18inch(W)*18inch(H).  Foreground  plant  are  glosso  &  HC.  
 
 Could  anyone  pm  me  the  price  of  T5HO  &  T5NO?  Are  the  tube  available  for  3.5feet  tank  size?  Total  watt  i  need  to  go  for?
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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 12:43 am Post subject: Re: CFL to ?? Need suggestion Reply with quote

 T5  HO  you  wont  get  easily  in  3  foot  size  but  you  will  get  T5s  in  3  foot  size  easily.  4  T5s  will  also  do  fine  for  your  tank  just  make  sure  you  have  good  reflectors  for  the  foreground  plants
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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 3:06 am Post subject: Re: CFL to ?? Need suggestion Reply with quote

 PLL's  in  Guwahati   Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 6:25 pm Post subject: Re: CFL to ?? Need suggestion Reply with quote

 @mortis  -  thanks  
 
 Few  more  query  -  my  diy  hood  is  of  aluminum  will  it  be  a  good  enough  reflector?
 Need  to  know  the  total  watt  that  i  should  go?  tank  size42*18*18
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 1:37 pm Post subject: Re: CFL to ?? Need suggestion Reply with quote

                                                   
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@mortis  -  thanks  
 
 Few  more  query  -  my  diy  hood  is  of  aluminum  will  it  be  a  good  enough  reflector?
 Need  to  know  the  total  watt  that  i  should  go?  tank  size42*18*18                

 
 If  the  aluminum  has  a  descent  mirror  finish,  then  you  can  use  the  same.  If  the  surface  is  not  smooth,  then  you  would  have  to  try  using  a  reflector.
 Regular  T5  tubes  in  3  foot  length  would  be  of  28watts.  So  using  4  nos  of  them  would  give  you  112Watts  which  I  would  say  as  a  medium  lit  tank.  You  might  be  able  to  grow  good  carpet  plants  in  this  light.  
 
 Do  check  the  lumens  of  these  tubes  before  you  buy.  Also  compare  the  lumens  rating  with  the  36Watts  PLL.  If  PLL  is  providing  you  more  lumens  than  T5,  then  go  for  the  36watts  PLL  tubes..
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 2:51 pm Post subject: Re: CFL to ?? Need suggestion Reply with quote

 As  far  as  power  consumption  goes,  cfl,  pll,  fluroscent  tubes  will  have  nearly  more  or  less  same  power  consumption.
 As  far  as  heat  is  concerned,  if  you  can  configure  that  ballast  stays  out  of  hood  then  the  heat  will  be  reduced.
 Check  the  lumen  ratings  on  light  fittings,  watts  can  be  very  misleading.
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 8:52 pm Post subject: Re: CFL to ?? Need suggestion Reply with quote

 Shelly  3ft  T5s  are  21W  not  28
 
 Sandeep  :  The  power  consumption  will  be  the  same  but  a  T5  will  have  more  lumens  per  watt  vs  a  PLL
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 9:25 pm Post subject: Re: CFL to ?? Need suggestion Reply with quote

 @  Mortis,
 
 I  dont  see  21Watts  T5  in  this  link.
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 1:13 am Post subject: Re: CFL to ?? Need suggestion Reply with quote

 Hi  
 
 Wow  thanks  a  lot  to  @Shelly  D'silva,  @Mortis,  @Sandeep  Raghuvanshi  really  appreciated  didn't  really  expected  so  many  replies  from  the  master,thanks  again  for  the  much  needed  information
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 10:16 am Post subject: Re: CFL to ?? Need suggestion Reply with quote

 Check  this  chart,  if  you  have  not  already  done  so.
 
 http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=17970
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 12:14 pm Post subject: Re: CFL to ?? Need suggestion Reply with quote

 Thanks  Sandeep  Raghuvanshi  for  the  link.  I  've  already  done  that
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 5:56 pm Post subject: Re: CFL to ?? Need suggestion Reply with quote

 Shelly  thats  cos  Phillips  doesnt  have  3ft  T5s  the  ones  listed  are  2ft  and  4ft  the  most  common  sizes
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