Proper Times and Techniques for Replacing your T5 Bulbs

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  1. Shep

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    -__- Should have followed this guide lol Well I guess next time I will
     
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    Lol ive ben runnning all my bulbs backwards since 2 fixtures ago lolol
     
  3. Shep

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    Haha I swear sometimes you just have to laugh at yourself...(and hope my bleached corals recover :p)
     
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    That makes two of us! Interested in an answer. :p
     
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    Well i dug deep and couldnt find much lol, the lable end of the bulb is hotter because its completely sealed i think? Lol just need to know if running the bulbs backwards effects performance and the reason why it does.
     
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    Will bulbs last longer if they only run at 75%?
     
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  8. Rixar

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    Hola, acabo de comprar un accesorio ATI Powermodule, What orientation should have the bulb?
     
  9. BryanS4

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    I'm in the same boat. All my label ends are on the vent side of the fixture.
     
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    very good thread. Thanks,
     
  11. ATI North America

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    Hello All!

    To clarify the end with the label needs to be on the end with the vent holes. This puts the coolest air right onto the cold cathode in the bulb which is the most critical part to cool. It does not matter if the label is facing up or down, but the label end needs to be on the vent hole end. If you have it backwards (end over end) the cold cathode will get the hottest air (since it has already traveled the full length of the tube) which will not do as good of a job cooling this critical part of the T5 bulb.

    Hopefully that clears it up!
     
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    Thank you!
     
  13. Drakonis

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    Dang, i am into that kinda info and had no idea theres a right and wrong way.
     
  14. E_Aquatics

    E_Aquatics Well-Known Member

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    That's something that should be included in the instructions with the fixture. Maybe I missed it but I just went through all the paper work I got with my fixture and it doesn't say anything about placing the label side of the bulb on the vent holes.
     
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    Thank you very much for the advices.
     
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    +1 one.... but its good to know now.....
     
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    E_Aquatics Well-Known Member

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    Luckily I had them on the right way without knowing lol

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  18. ATI North America

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    It in there :) Quick start guides attached.


    "Test the fixture before installing: Remove the acrylic shield. Insert bulbs into
    all available slots by sliding both ends into the socket pair. Rotate each bulb 90º
    to lock it into place. The labeled end should line up over the hole in the fixture."
     

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  19. Tom Swell

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    So after the burn in period, if I ran my bulbs at 50% for 8 hrs a day, does it mean that my bulbs will last twice as long from 9 months to 18months? I'm curious to know.
     
  20. ATI North America

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    Unfortunately Tom it does not. The life span is not associated with intensity (unless you fail to burn them in, in which case it will have everything to do with life span) it's still best to replace your bulbs between 6-12 months depending on how long per day you run them.
     
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