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Beasts 01-26-2019 04:17 PM

Lighting Comparisons
I am contemplating changing from T5 fluorescents to leds. Is there a good way to compare the effectiveness of the two? When I purchase light bulbs for our home I see comparisons like a 13 watt led is comparable to a 60 watt incandescent. Is such a calculation valid for T5s vs leds? If so where would I find such a thing? I realize I have to take into account many factors beyond light intensity but I thought this could also be helpful.

DutchMuch 01-26-2019 04:21 PM

Re: Lighting Comparisons
T5HO setups for life, LED's arent nearly as good (well, ones under 500$ lol) yet imo.

Watts are pretty useless terms now, i believe dennis wong proved this various times. Wattage is more helpful to T5's than LED's.

mysiak 01-27-2019 12:29 AM

Re: Lighting Comparisons
In my experience, 1W of T5HO with reflector gives roughly the same amount of output as 0.5W LED. The main advantage over T5 tubes is ability to dim LEDs and less heat generated.

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