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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-10-2005, 03:53 AM Thread Starter
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overdriving light questions

Hey everyone,
I have a few questions about overdriving lights. Say i got a ballast and i have a 20w tube in my SeaClear light fixture that came with the 40g tank will i be able to add another tube and just connect it to the the ballast. The ballast i most likely will be getting it from Toofazt in his post on the electronic ballast in the Swap and Shop section and it is 120w with 4 lamp thingies (not sure of name but it can connect to 4 tubes if i'm not mistaken) anyways, i want to overdrive both tubes if i can connect them both into there. How much will i be overdriving the tube (20w, 24") and about how much output will i be getting? Also do i have to buy one of these to add in more light? http://www.petsmart.com/global/produ...dd+a+light&N=2
i'm thinking i can just go to home depot and buy some of those holders instaed of purchasing the light with a new ballast since i will have plenty of wattage with the 120w. I hope i got my questions across correctly thanks in advance. Oh and can you connect that electronic ballast to a T-5 light?
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I am not sure if the ballast is designed to run 24" bulbs but you can connect them in a series and the ballast will "think" it is a 4' bulb. As far as being able to run t5 bulbs, I really have no idea but I think it is more of a function of the end caps, which you can buy at a borg. you will probabally have a hard time finding them as most of their stock it t8 or 12 but a local lighting place should have them. The ballsast is an advanced and can be purchased at Menards.
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ok thanks, never heard of Menards though but i can check out home depot.
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ok i have a few more questions, how am i supposed to do these connections? pictures and links are helpful, thanks

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-12-2005, 04:36 PM
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Keep in mind that water and electricity, when combined, can be dangerous. If you electrocute yourself don't say you haven't been warned. If in doubt, consult someone who is more familiar with this.

To connect wires, most ppl use wire nuts. You can also solder them together and insulate them properly. If you can operate a soldering iron, of course. Or, you can stick the four wires directly into the endcap. If you are using "regular" endcaps.

Regarding T5's, I am sure you can use that ballast to light them, but it might depend on their wattage I haven't tried it yet, but I think you could light a 54W T5 using two leads of the ballast.


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