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Old 08-20-2007, 02:44 PM
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I was just wondering what the difference is between T5 lighting and T6 lighting or is there any difference at all????
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It is the diameter of the tube itself. I forget the formula but there is one to calculate that diameter based I think on the length of the bulb. I could be wrong about that, I am getting old and they say the mind is the second thing to go.
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According to The Reef Aquarium Vol. III...the distance between the end pins is the only difference. T5 pins are close together and T6 pins are the same distance apart as T8 and T12 bulbs. The T6's are basically designed so T8 and T12 compatible fixtures can take advantage of the benefits of T5 bulbs. Unfortunately for aquarist a T6 bulb in a T12 waterproof endcap doesn't work too well.
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so it would be better to just get the T5 then??? or would the T6 work???
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T5 and T6 have differant bases, and differant diamters (resulting in differant wattages)

T2, T4, T5, T6 T8, T9, T10, T12; are all Diameters of Florescent tubes. Each unit is 1/8" of an inch so:

T2 1/4"-----7mm
T4 1/2"-----12.5mm
T5 5/8"-----16mm
T6 3/4"-----21mm
T8 1"-------26mm
T9 1 1/8"---21mm
T10 1 1/4"---34mm
T12 1 1/2"---40mm

The mm conversions are not actually conversions they are actual specs from Fujian a manufacturer of florescent bulbs, and may not be true for all manufacturers.


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The numbers refer to the diameter of the bulb, in eighths. T5 = 5/8" I think T6 was some bogus hoopla started by AquaCon or something. So YES get T5 bulbs!
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(when I started typing that no one had posted!)I would go with the T5's, It'll be alot easier to find replacement bulbs.

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go t5 all the way. there are very few manufactuers of t6 bulbs for reef applications last i knew. t5's have lots of options on color and manu.
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thank you for all your advice i appreciate it a lot!!! very very much helpful!!!!
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