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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-17-2012, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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T8 to t5 conversion

I have a 36" 2 light t8 hood that Id like to covert to a t5ho.I did a search and cant find any info.Is it doable?If so any help would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-17-2012, 06:02 PM
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Anything is doable, but converting a t8 to a t5 is likely not worth the time/effort.
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Need a new ballast for driving the t5's, and new end-caps to plug in the bulbs.
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Originally Posted by HolyAngel View Post
Need a new ballast for driving the t5's, and new end-caps to plug in the bulbs.
+1 on that, do a "google shopping" search for "T5HO ballast kit" you'll come up with all sorts of results. Here's one from amazon. IMHO it looks good, but was reviewed by a moron.


It will be quite a job so I hope you're a skilled DIY'er. None of the bulb mounting holes will line up right because T5's are usually a little shorter than T8's. Also, the ballast may or may not fit inside the enclosure.

If you do it, be sure to post pics!
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