2xF15T8 - The Planted Tank Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-05-2005, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (21/100%)
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Socal
Posts: 755
2xF15T8

Hey I want to get 30 watts on my 10g and was wondering what things I need and where to get them. I need a 2xF15T8 ballast and end caps, where can I get that? And what else am I missing?
turtlehead is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-05-2005, 11:08 PM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
PTrader: (38/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 427
you can visit the local home depot and pick up one of there dual or quad ballasts for a t-8 setup. I just recently bought some so I know they have them. They have the sockets also, but not endcaps per say.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
chiahead is offline  
post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-06-2005, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (21/100%)
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Socal
Posts: 755
Any t8 ballast would do?
turtlehead is offline  
 
post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-06-2005, 02:08 AM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
PTrader: (38/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 427
as long as its rated to power 2 T8 bulbs in the length you are wanting. I use the ones rated to power 4 foot bulbs and use them on my 24" bulbs. Works fine and has worked for along time that way.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
chiahead is offline  
post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-06-2005, 07:33 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (21/100%)
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Socal
Posts: 755
So according to what you said the length does not matter.
turtlehead is offline  
post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-06-2005, 12:39 PM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
PTrader: (38/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 427
As long as what u are putting on is equal or less than it is rated for.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
chiahead is offline  
post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-06-2005, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (21/100%)
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Socal
Posts: 755
Ok, so that means I can use a ballast rated for 2 tubes let's say 2 30 watt tubes, I can put 2 15 watts insteaad of the 2 30 watts?
turtlehead is offline  
post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-06-2005, 11:08 PM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
PTrader: (38/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 427
That is what I am doing and it has been running for a year now with no problems.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
chiahead is offline  
post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-06-2005, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (21/100%)
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Socal
Posts: 755
Ok, so now with that out of the way, I need to find a ballast that powers dual tubes. Did the ballast come with the power cord? And are there any diagrams of how to wire these things?
turtlehead is offline  
post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-08-2005, 04:43 AM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
PTrader: (38/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 427
nope no cord. You have to get that separately. As far as wiring I think there is a crappy schematic on the ballast itself but it is pretty self explanitory. Black and White are from the cord. Blue and red go to one side of each tube and the yellows go to the other end of both tubes.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
chiahead is offline  
post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-08-2005, 04:57 PM
jng
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Norwood, MA
Posts: 32
If your local HD carry them, there's a cheap shoplight for about $9 that has a 2bulb sunpark ballast. It's made to power 2 48" T8 bulbs. You can re-use the endcaps too.
jng is offline  
post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-08-2005, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (21/100%)
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Socal
Posts: 755
I need it for 18" bulbs though.
turtlehead is offline  
post #13 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-08-2005, 09:59 PM
jng
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Norwood, MA
Posts: 32
I'm using the parts from the shoplight (ballast, wires, endcaps) to power 2 18" T8. Works fine, and it's cheap.
jng is offline  
post #14 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-09-2005, 12:38 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (21/100%)
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Socal
Posts: 755
So you took it apart and fitted it to 2 18" t8s?
turtlehead is offline  
post #15 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-09-2005, 05:12 PM
jng
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Norwood, MA
Posts: 32
Yep. Just use the guts in whatever hood you plan on using. I actually cut the shoplight in half and I'm using each half as a reflector for a 18" T8 bulb. The housing is held together by 3 screws, and the ballast is held in by another 2 screws. Piece of cake to take apart.
jng is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome