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    I failed to study up on ballasts before I bought them and got into the hobby of growing CPs. I lately found out that I have a "magnetic" ballast, which makes me wonder....

    How much better are electronic ballasts? That's all I keep seeing. Supposively they are more efficient, and cooler. But where can you buy an electronic ballast cheaply? Home depot and Lowes sell them but they are > $10. Also it is apparent to me that it would be best to get a bigger ballast that can hold more tubes, then multiple ballasts. So where can you find these?

    Also is it true that t5's have 4x the light intensity of t8's? I searched through froogle and can't seem to find a cheap t5 ballast either. I my as well get an LED setup for that price.
    James 1:17

    "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."

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    How 'bout your local Home Depot?

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    Your killing me Jim
    James 1:17

    "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."

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    i actually just got a 2 light t5 lighting system and paid $100 for it and it came with lights. The lighting is amazing though expensive.
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    Magnetic ballasts suck.

    Go to greybars, or someplacelight hellolights.com.

    Mine come from marinedepot.com and sunlightsupply.com

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