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Testing T5 Ballast anybody know how to ?

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Testing T5 Ballast anybody know how to ?

Postby Katfish » Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:32 pm

When I brought my tank I was given a 6ft hanging light which has 3 x 250 metal halides 4 MR-11 spots and 2 x 54w T5's

I have changed the 250w metal Halides to 70w halides and all works great I installed new MR-11 spots again all works well.

Now I come across my problem as the unit never came with any tubes for the 54w holders I do not know if the ballasts are good or not and I am not going to go out and buy tubes to find out the ballasts are no good etc.

Is there anyway to test T5 ballasts with a multimeter?
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Re: Testing T5 Ballast anybody know how to ?

Postby Mick » Mon Dec 05, 2011 6:31 am

Good question and one I don't know the answer to :-):
Somebody on here will know for sure.
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Re: Testing T5 Ballast anybody know how to ?

Postby Katfish » Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:28 pm

Thanks

As if they do not work I will rip out the control gear and replace them with long SMD strip lights in blue for moon effect or white for extra day light.

But I think I will have enough lighting for daytime with 3 x 70w halides and 4 MR-11 SMD spot lights or am I wrong ?
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Re: Testing T5 Ballast anybody know how to ?

Postby Katfish » Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:20 pm

Well I managed to get some t5 lamps on sale or return.

I have found out though testing with the lamps that one ballast is good the other is shot.
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Re: Testing T5 Ballast anybody know how to ?

Postby Katfish » Fri Dec 09, 2011 2:14 pm

Update I have managed to get a replacement ballast from the makers who are based in Germany cost me £20 delivered to my door which I think is a good price considering the light unit new is over £600.

But not now though as I have modified it from 250w halides to 70w halides
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