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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-13-2004, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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2x36w AHSupply Lighting

I'd like to buy it, but don't have the $60 to shell out plus S&H,
so I'd like to pick everything up at my local Home Depot. What things
do I need?

I was looking at strip lighting, but it's so thick that I'd be afraid my
canopy would have to be a foot tall.

In the picture on the page I see that they are using some sort of
an all-inclusive black plug to hold the pc lighting (which I like (it is PC lighting, isn't it?))

Also, I see in the photo that they have some sort of an advance ballast
for PC lighting, but after doing my research at home depot, I found upwards
of 20 ballasts that were available. Would any of you know a specific model
number of a ballast that would power two of those pc lights? They're 36 watts. If you don't know a model number, what kind of ballast would I need? I'm looking for something that'd ODNO those lights (would I even need to? I have a 20g long)

Thanks for your patience and help.

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I hate to break this to you, but you arent going to find a single balast inside any Home Depot/Lowes in all of America that will power a pc bulb. The only ones they sell are for standard flourescent shop-light type bulbs which hardly cut it anyway when it comes to planted tanks. The black plug you are seeing in the pic is a moisture-resistant end cap and yes it is specificly made for pc bulbs. I have seen work horse brand ballasts on ebay that are made for pc's going for about 30 bucks, but you still have to get the bulbs and make a reflector.



Also, if it helps, here is the model number for the work horse ballast 5 that I have powering my 2x 36 watt pc (from ah supply) WH5-120-L

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-14-2004, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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if you put it that way, I guess I'm just gonna have to order from AHSupply

Why are PC lights so much better than Fluorescent lights? Brightness?

And---is ODNOing a PC light the same as ODNOing a fluorescent light? Do I even need to for a 20g long?


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PC (Power, Compact) lights allow you to get a lot of wattage over a smaller area of your tank, compared to regular fluoros which are not as bright, but cover larger areas.

Think of PC lights as thin overdriven regular fluorescents with a different shape.

You wouldn't overdrive PC lights. You just hook them up and bam! lotsa light.

For a 20L, 72W of light are more than enough.
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Lowe's and Home Depot both sell electronic ballasts for the T8 bulbs. Wouldn't these work for PC bulbs as well? For example, a Fulham Workhorse 5 ballast is rated for 128 watts. This ballast is commonly used for driving two 55/65 watt PC bulbs. It is also used for driving 4 F32 T8 bulbs, just like the ones at Home Depot and Lowe's. I would think these 4x32 ballasts would be comparable to the Fulham's (I have no idea about quality, I only mean in terms of fitness for purpose). Likewise, I would think you could use a 2x32 from either of these stores, about $19.00, to drive two 36 watt PC bulbs.

I don't know, but I think it could deserve further research. However, the 4x32 ballasts cost about $28.00, and I'm pretty sure you can order the Workhorse 5 for $30.00, so if it is better, I guess there isn't much point.

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Also one of the best features of the AH Supply kits is the reflectors. And you won't find them at the BORG. Not to mention all the little parts and wiring and such that the kits come with. And you are going to need to order bulbs anyway. All in all the AH Supply kits are an excellent value.
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