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68sting
02-01-2010, 09:20 PM
Would this run T5 bulbs?

http://www.1000bulbs.com/28177/?utm_source=SmartFeedGoogleBase&utm_medium=Shopping&utm_term=FulhamWorkhorse5FluorescentBallast120Volt LongCaseFulhamWH5120L&utm_content=FulhamWorkhorse5FluorescentBallast120V oltLongCaseFulhamWH5120L&utm_campaign=SmartFeedGoogleBase&site=google_base

nesto719
02-01-2010, 10:19 PM
yes it will . the workhorse 5 will only run two t-5 ho , and the workhorse 7 will run 3-4 bulbs.

68sting
02-01-2010, 10:30 PM
I want to run 4 54watt t5s. It looks like the 7 would do that watt wise. Can it do 16ft of bulbs? Why are these so much cheaper than icecaps? Are they built is well?

mrliriel
02-02-2010, 05:47 PM
A WH 7 will work for 4 54 watt lamps. Here is the wiring diagram.
http://www.fulham.com/images/WDgifs/wire7.gif
Fulham has a pretty comprehensive website.

mrliriel
02-02-2010, 05:53 PM
yes it will . the workhorse 5 will only run two t-5 ho , and the workhorse 7 will run 3-4 bulbs.
Actually you could burn 4 24" T5 lamps on a WH 5 if you wanted to.

mrliriel
02-02-2010, 06:01 PM
I want to run 4 54watt t5s. It looks like the 7 would do that watt wise. Can it do 16ft of bulbs? Why are these so much cheaper than icecaps? Are they built is well?
They do not run the lamps as bright, they do not have has sophisticated of a protection circuit, and they are not made in the USA. I use them and have never had issues with Workhorse ballasts.

An icecapp will actually push 80W through a 54W lamp, which makes their light output 30% greater. But it makes it so you have to blow fans across the lamps.

68sting
02-05-2010, 08:06 PM
Thanks for the info.. I'm I right in thinking IC ballasts are Very High Output and T5 lighting is just High Output? I'm guessing that the bulbs don't last as long when over driven that much. Do you still need fans if you don't over drive the bulbs or is that a case by case thing? The Grim Reefer recommended a Triad ballast to me but I had already got an Advance ICN-4S54-2LS-H off of RC.

J&A Timberlake
02-05-2010, 09:45 PM
personally lance, i think it's case by case. I have seen a few without fans (including one of mine) that had no issues with temp at all. Others needed it. In my case 6 inches off the tank with 2 x 150 watts and no issues. then in the living room 2 x 250 watts at over a foot off the tank and a definate need for fans.

torquehound
02-05-2010, 11:08 PM
Joseph is talking about halides obviously and not t5's. If you run IC without fans, bulbs will toast super quick. As it is t5's need to be replaced every 6 months at HO. You can cut that in half at VHO levels from what I understand. I talked to a few electricians about the WH ballasts and they say they are great and that they are all they use in commercial applications.

JLAURENCE32
02-06-2010, 11:00 AM
I tried letting my T5's on Icecaps go one year and it was a big mistake. The bulbs were so out of color and then it was a big shock to the corals when I put in new ones, even though I reduced the light cycle. Most people say nine months on IC ballasts but I think I'll change mine at six months. The fans blowing across the endcaps helps the bulbs from burning out and increases the output. The higher the temperature, the less the output. Most non-overdriven bulbs on regular ballasts (workhorse included) I've seen, don't have fans.