Hey guys thanks for the advice I followed it I went and got reflectors and fitted them it worked brilliantly increasing the light output a lot more than I thought it would actually. Anyway a week after I install them both my balasts have blown in my lid on both lighting units. First my big back unit went then my little front unit both hold 2 t8 s so I'm now stuck and going to have to play a hand.
So I wondered what blew them both have you guys any ideas?
My big front unit blew 5 days before the other I checked both after the first failed the front unit had water in so I figured the seals on the bulbs have cracked, then water has made it's way to the ballast (I could hear water inside the unit sloshing from side to side). Immediately I turned the power of to the back unit and checked that he same hadn't happened. All seemed fine no water had breached the unit and the bulbs were bone dry. So I put the big unit down to water getting inside and me being new to this didn't even think this was possible to happen, so I thought lesson learned an expensive one but hey it happens.
So I carried on using just the back unit while I reasearched on the next lightning unit to buy seeing as I had to my main light was out and all my plants were growing towards the back light, so went to a local fish store to price up so led replacements yesterday, didn't end up purchasing one I thought I'll wait till Monday and get some more funds to possibly replace both. I got home sat down for thirty mins then without a sound my back light unit went off, I thought the worst straight away and to no surprise the same had happend no lights damn.
So I'm baffled I've now put it down to the energy unit I'm using to split my plugs, please click the link to see what I'm using, it has 4 built in timers and they seemed fine for a few weeks now, after reading up am I correct in thinking digital timers don't fare well with fluorescent tubing, or the ballasts for them It's pretty urgent as I'm running a real dim t5 now from a different tank until I know which lighting unit to go for. Thanks again. https://energenie4u.co.uk/catalogue/product/ENER019