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post #1 of 3 Old 06-14-2011, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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t5 light question

i was on the garf site and saw they took t8 light bulbs wraped #4 copper wire in a 3 shape on the prongs and ran the wires to a ballast ( they used that plastic dip to protect the ends when the wire was attached to the bulb). i was woundering if this could be done also with t5 light bulbs and a t5 ballast. if you have tryed it id like to hear from you or if you know anything about this id like to hear it to.
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post #2 of 3 Old 06-15-2011, 07:03 AM
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not sure of this being a fact or not... but i once talked to a man who attempted this with T5 lights and it caught his canopy on fire... thank goodness he was home at the time it happened ... i would really recommend against using this method (with any light really) .....

just my 2 cents...

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post #3 of 3 Old 06-15-2011, 08:17 AM
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+1 on the risk! Less risky to purchase the proper parts and make your own T5HO/T5NO from scratch or buy the whole thing. For T5HO, the reflector is important, the . I don't believe the T5HO ballast's are interchangeable (don't know about the T5NO).
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