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    New light

    My new T5 light fixture arrived today, I hope to use it as part of a new Heli über-chamber

    she arrived with a little shipping damage resulting in the small dent that is visible on the right edge. I called the company... "no worries, we will send out a replacement tomorrow along with a prepaid return shipping voucher"... man, now that is the way to do business....

    What appears to be white strips in the middle of the reflectors... is actually just reflections of the outer lip of the housing






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    Very nice. How long is it? 4 feet?

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    yes, 4'/4 bulb... the next purchase will be this ($230USD):

    its 4' long with a volume of 90 gallons and sliding front doors. It will be easy to drill for plumbing and ventilation access. I'm hoping to end up with something suitable for my home office/den area

    Then in the future maybe put a bulkhead in it so i can have two different climate zones, one for helis and one for cephs... but one step at a time LOL

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    Wow. That will be incredible. Very professional looking. One step at a time?! Looks like you're running full speed already! I look forward to seeing pictures as plants get introduced.

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    yeah but two brick walls by the name of property taxes and homeowners insurance both stick their greedy hands out at the end of this month, so no more goodies for Av for a bit

    major owie

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    awesome, this should be a great heli tank.

    I've had good luck with lights mounted in a wooden hood, if you want it to be a show piece this might be the way to go.

    what make of t5s did you purchase and what are the dimensions of your tank?

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    Nick,

    That was my thinking as well, glasscages.com sells matching canopies and stands but they aren't cheap... but who knows, at least I live close enough to their factory where I don't have to have anything shipped.

    I'm saving my pocket change everyday

    The tank is 48 x 18 x 25, they have them in practically any size you can image... my office isn't very large (spare bedroom) so all things considered this size should do nicely.

    The light is of Hi-Bay brand... good bang for the buck, it uses the 95% aluminum reflectors and universal brand ballast. Overall construction looks excellent... I am very pleased

    I plan on plumbing cool, damp air in from my basement, that is where my plants are now and they love it... all I will need is PVC and some muffin fans... maybe include a humidistat controlled ultrasonic humidifier... I dunno, still considering the various options

    Bulbs... well there is an issue, my bulb combo of choice doesn't come in the T5 configuration... so I'm thinking about a combo of Vitalume's bloom and Grow bulbs, they are reasonably priced. But I don't know anything of their spectral performance yet.

    Oh well, bulb choice is a long ways off LOL, but I think this type of application is where the T5 configuration will really shine

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    Wow, I was checking out those highbays on sale for 139 what a great deal. I've been growing with fluorescents for a while now and I'm excited enough about t5s to give them a try.

    I'm thinking of using 6500k although I'm going to look into those bulbs you mentioned.

    Here's a hood that I built out of cheap 1x4s and then stained. low cost and has served it's purpose well while looking presentable. I'll probably eventually put lacquer on it and make it nice and shiny.





    now I just need to do something about the funky stand!
    good luck with your set up, I'm interested in seeing how the pvc, fan set up works out, that definitely sounds feasible.

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