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Hey Deb,

I was wondering if I could run 5 24w T5s off of one workhorse 5 ballast? I'm thinking maybe I could run two of the bulbs in series so they aren't overdriven as much...

Also, I see in your 4 24w retrofit kits, you include an icecap 660 ballast. It seems like this would be too much for these bulbs, no?

My objective is to run 4 or 5 24w T5s for a frag tank....


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-Mike
 

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Hi Mike
The IceCap ballast will run the 24w bulbs at about 40w each. When using an IceCap ballast for T5's you need to use fans to cool the bulbs, and it does shorten the bulb life somewhat, but you get alot more light out of them.

The only Workhorse ballast that will run 5x24w bulbs is the Workhorse 8 (dont sell that one)
The WH5 will only run 4 bulbs max.
 

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Thanks for the info :)

The frag tank I'm looking at is only 12" tall. I'm figuring I would have T5s a few inches above the tank. Would the bulbs be too close for running them off of an icecap ballast? Also, my plan is to make a frag rack out of PVC and eggcrate to have multiple levels for different lighting intensity, so some frags could be only a few inches from the lights...
 
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