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Helios T5 product :(

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jlehigh

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Nov 20, 2003
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This is a heads up on a poor product that has been marketed to be far better than it is. In the last week two of my 36" Helios 29W T-5 actinic lamps have failed (burn extremely dim).

I unfortunately bought these from a couple different stores in the area who all reported an expected lamp life of 2-3yrs!

Understanding this I emailed the manufacturer Commodity Axis Inc. Here is their reply:

"Most of our actinic lamp on t-5 can only last up to 6 months.
It is because the technology is relatively new to employ actinic in T-5 lamps. We have made 6 time improvement on our T-5 since it was introduce last year at May. These units are build to discards when the lamp is done. There are no ballast to replace for our T-5 units."

I am unsure if the same problem applies to the 10K and Blues as well as my lacky actinics. So far the 10K are still running. My next T-5 setup will be made by Sunlight Supplies retros as they have had allot of much better feedback.
 

cookiemn

Chicago bound!!!
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Jan 17, 2004
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Sorry to hear that. That is weird why they would put out such an inferior product. I bought my T5s from ReefGeek about 3 months ago and they are going strong.
 

mojoreef

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Jlehigh I think I know about the units you are refering to and yes they are cheapp and disposable, kind of useless in my view. I have the product made by Sunlight and the bulbs comes from Germany (aquastik) and have had them on my tanks for a little over a year, no problems so far.

I hope you have better lucj


Mike
 
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