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frothyspoon 10-03-2010 10:23 AM

Odyssea light fixture
 
Does anyone know if the Odyssea 48" 216W (4x 54W) T5 HO Light Fixture is any good? It looks way too good for what you pay for it so im just wondering if it's a great light or a crappy light.

bearwithfish 10-04-2010 02:24 PM

i just got in the 36" version a few weeks ago and i love them!!! they are really good and i have to say honestly i dont think i would go with any others ....
my LFS has some lights that i checked out after i got mine and i could not understand paying 5x as much for what appeared to be the same thing...

Mikaila31 10-04-2010 06:11 PM

Odyssea was well know for its fire hazzards, I've never used one since I honestly can not go that cheap. IDK either if they have improved beyond not starting on fire. Most people suggest replacing the orignial bulbs with in a year and possibly the ballast cuz I doubt it will last very long. Which is why I would suggest just buying a better quality light to begin with.

Also thats a ton of light. What in the world do you need 216 watts of T5HO for, other then adding to global warming?

Mikaila31 10-04-2010 06:38 PM

edit I just realized this is SW:razz:.

As far as picking a light, pay attention to efficiency as well. Quality is important especially considering the cost of those bulbs are $15-25 each, you don't want a cheap ballast thats going to flicker them or be overly variable. As far as quality goes you get what you pay for, which is why I either buy fixtures second hand or build my own. Another thing to consider is more wattage doesn't automatically mean more light. That one reflector really reduces your light efficiency. Also the lack of any cooling fans on the one odyssea I saw is scary. IDK of any other 4x54 watt light that doesn't have cooling fans. If it was lower powered 2 bulb unit it would not be an issue, but this puts out a lot of light and a lot of heat. BTW cooling vent does not equal cooling fan....


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