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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-12-2012, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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DIY T5ho light

I am looking to build my own t5ho light to mount in my hood. I do have a few questions.

1. What is a good ballast for t5ho. I have found some from Advance/universal, or Sylvania...what do you think.

2. Do I need to worry about some sort of splash guard on the bulbs? They will sit about 6 inches above the water. I don't have a lot of service action.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-12-2012, 04:27 PM
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The biggest issue would be reflectors. Commercially available T5 reflectors are far better than anything that can be DIYed. I would get a retrofit kit using IceCap or Tek2 reflectors - or just buy the reflectors and use your own ballasts/wiring/end caps. Splash guards will reduce maintenance (easier to wipe down a flat splash guard than a bulb and reflector) but are not necessary for fresh water applications.
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