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T5 Aquarium Lights by Length
T5 Fixtures: 18" & 20" T5 Fixtures: 24" T5 Fixtures: 30"
T5 Fixtures: 36" T5 Fixtures: 48" T5 Fixtures: 60"

T5 Fixtures: 72"
T5 Retrofits: 24" T5 Retrofits: 36" T5 Retrofits: 48"
T5 Fixtures: Aquatic Life Dual Lamp & Marquis T5 Fixtures: AquaticLife 4, 6 & 8 Lamp SALE!!
For Reef & Saltwater Aquariums
Lamps: High Output T5
The AquaticLife 2 Lamp Marine T5 HO Aquarium Lighting Fixtures come with 10K & 420/460 T5 HO Lamps. They can be linked together to make 4 or 6 lamp fixtures. The Marquis is a 2 lamp marine fixture with a built-in timer.

For Reef Aquariums
Lamps: High Output T5
The AquaticLife 4 Lamp, 6 Lamp & 8 Lamp T5 HO Aquarium Lighting Fixtures w/ Lunar Lights combine 420/460 nm Actinic lamps, 700+ nm (10K daylight) lamps, 460/620nm Purple lamps and Lunar lights in one streamlined unit—controlled by a built in digital timer.

T5 Fixtures: AquaticLife Freshwater SALE!! T5 Fixtures: Coralife Aqualight Freshwater HO
For Freshwater Planted Aquariums
Lamps: High Output T5
The AquaticLife Dual Lamp, 4 Lamp & 6 Lamp Freshwater T5 Aquarium Lighting Fixtures come with half 6000K T5 HO lamps and half 650nm T5 HO Lamps. 4 Lamp & 6 Lamp Fixtures come with a built in digital timer. The Marquis 2-Lamp Fixtures also have a built in digital timer.
For Freshwater Planted Aquariums
Lamps: High Output T5
The Coralife Aqualight High Output T5 FRESHWATER Fixtures provides significantly more light than conventional fluorescent systems. The Coralife Aqualight High Output T5 Fixtures are an excellent choice for freshwater aquariums.
T5 Fixtures: Coralife Aqualight HO SALE!! T5 Fixtures: Coralife Aqualight NO
For Reef & Saltwater Aquariums
Lamps: High Output T5
The Coralife Aqualight High Output T5 Fixtures provide significantly more light than conventional fluorescent systems. The Coralife Aqualight High Output T5 Fixtures are an excellent choice for saltwater or reef aquariums.
For Fish Only Freshwater & Saltwater Aquariums
Lamps: Normal Output T5
These Coralife Aqualight T5 aquarium lighting fixtures use normal output T5 bulbs and are recommended for use with fish only tanks.
T5 Fixtures: Coralife Lunar Aqualight Freshwater T5 SALE!! T5 Fixtures: Coralife Lunar Aqualight T5 SALE!!
For Freshwater Planted Aquariums
Lamps: High Output T5
The Coralife Freshwater Lunar Aqualight T5 Aquarium Lighting Fixtures combine two Colormax and two 6700K high output T5 lamps with directional moonlight LEDs—making this the perfect light for freshwater planted tanks.
For Reef Aquariums
Lamps: High Output T5
The Coralife Lunar Aqualight T5 Aquarium Lighting Fixtures combines two daylight and two actinic high output T5 lamps with directional moonlight LEDs—making this the perfect light for saltwater and reef aquariums.
T5 Fixtures: Hagen Glo T5 Fixtures: JBJ Trinity SALE!!
For Saltwater & Freshwater Aquariums
Lamps: High Output T5
The Hagen Glo T5 HO Lighting System is either sold without bulbs (this is the only T5 fixture on our site sold without bulbs), or with saltwater reef aquarium bulbs (18K & actinic) or freshwater planted tank bulbs (6700K).
For Reef Aquariums
Lamps: High Output T5
The JBJ Trinity T5 HO aquarium lighting fixture combines four T5 HO lamps and LEDs. The Trinity features the Flip Top Stand, which allows you to flip the light up—making it easy to access your tank.
T5 Fixtures: Marineland T5 Fixtures: WavePoint T5 SALE!!
For Reef Aquariums
Lamps: High Output T5
The Marineland T5 Deluxe High Output Aquarium Lighting Fixture, 48 inch, is for covered tanks. The start button on the top shifts the light between settings for actinic bulbs, daylight bulbs and all bulbs.
For Reef & Saltwater Aquariums
Lamps: High Output T5
The Wave Point High Output T5 2-Lamp & 4-Lamp Aquarium Lighting Fixtures are innovative and solidly built fixtures with unique safety features, such as the GFCI Plug. These fixtures are appropriate for reef aquariums. The T5 lamps are energy efficient and the lack of a fan ensures this fixture will run silently.
T5 Retrofits: AquaticLife Ballast Kits SALE!! T5 Retrofits: Hagen Glo
For Saltwater & Freshwater Aquariums
Lamps: High Output T5
The AquaticLife T5 HO Ballast Kits come in two lamp & four lamp 24W, 39W and 54W versions. Reflectors and lamps are not included. You can use any type of T5 HO lamps with these Ballast Kits.
For Saltwater & Freshwater Aquariums
Lamps: High Output T5
With the Hagen Glo T5 HO Retrofits you purchase the ballasts, bulbs and reflectors independently. This gives you maximum flexibility to put a together a system that fits your canopy and coral needs.
T5 Retrofits: Sunlight Supply Sun Blaze T5 Retrofits: WavePoint SALE!!
For Freshwater Planted Aquariums
Lamps: High Output T5
Sunlight Supply Sun Blaze T5 HO Strip Lights are retrofits lights that can be easily attached to the underside of an aquarium canopy. Each retrofit light comes with a power cord and a "daisy chain" cable to link multiple fixtures together.
For Reef Aquariums
Lamps: High Output T5
The WavePoint T5 HO 4-Lamp Aquarium Retrofit Kits are innovative and solidly built fixtures with unique safety features, such as the GFCI Plug. The reflector can be screwed into the underside of an aquarium canopy. Although the end caps are water resistant the WavePoint Retrofit should only be used over a covered tank.
T5 Parts: AquaticLife T5 Parts: Coralife
Replacement ballasts, leds, fan, frame mounts, timers, sockets, lens covers & transformers
Replacement ballasts, fans, leds, transformers, mounting legs and end panels

T5 Parts: Current USA T5 Parts: WavePoint
We carry all available Current USA Extreme & SunDial T5 HO Fixture Parts. This includes ballasts, fans, end panels, docking mounts & power supplies.
Replacement ballast, LED transformers and mounting legs
T5 Lamps (bulbs): AquaticLife T5 Lamps (bulbs): Coralife High Output SALE!!




T5 Lamps (bulbs): Coralife Normal Output SALE!! T5 Lamps (bulbs): Giesemann




T5 Lamps (bulbs): Giesemann (New Style) T5 Lamps (bulbs): Hagen




T5 Lamps (bulbs): Current USA T5 Lamps (bulbs): Red Sea




T5 Lamps (bulbs): TrueLumen T5 Lamps (bulbs): UV Lighting (URI)




T5 Lamps (bulbs): WavePoint SALE!! T8 Lamps (bulbs): Coralife




Fluorescent Lamps (bulbs): UV Lighting (URI) Fluorescent Parts: Ice Cap




T5 AQUARIUM LIGHTING GENERAL INFO
Fluorescent aquarium lights come with T12 lamps (1.5" diameter), T8 lamps (1" diameter) or T5 lamps (5/8" diameter). Compact fluorescents are also, as the name implies, a type of fluorescent lightbut we put them all in their own Compact Fluorescent Lighting Section. Many of our metal halide lights also come with fluorescent lampsusually actinics.

T5 Lamp Aquarium Lighting
T5 aquarium lights have become extremely popular in the past couple years. When run with an electronic ballast, which all of our T5 HO lights use, T5s are said to be more energy efficient, longer lasting and cooler running than other types of aquarium lights. Because the lamps are thin, they will penetrate the water better than thicker compact fluorescent and other fluorescent types of bulbs. T5s are a great choice for deeper tanks.

The T5 bulbs are either normal output (NO) or high output (HO). Normal output T5 fluorescents are low wattage and should only be used for fish only tanks. We carry the following normal output lights:
High output lamps are higher wattage and can be used for lighting reef aquariums and planted tanks. The following lights can be used for reef aquariums:
We carry a wide variety of T5 replacement lamps.

When purchasing replacement lamps you should keep in mind that with fluorescent lamps the length and the wattage go hand-in-hand. For example, you can't use a 54W T5 HO lamp to replace a 39W T5 HO lamp because the lamp is 10 inches longer. The ballast will also not run the higher wattage lamp.

Fixtures & Retrofits
All the above listed T5 lights are described as either retrofits or fixtures. If your aquarium has a canopy (usually a wood box cover), you'll need to purchase a retrofit. The WavePoint Retrofits come complete with the bulbs mounted to a reflectoryou just need to screw the reflector to the canopy. The Hagen Glo T5 HO Retrofits & Aquatic Life T5 HO Retrofits are a-la-carte retrofitsyou can purchase the ballasts, reflectors and lamps separately.

T8 & T12 Lamp Aquarium Lighting
We no longer carry T8 and T12 aquarium lights. Although these are still common in fish only tanks, most of our lights are geared toward reef tanks and planted tanks.
Fluorescent Lamp Color Temperature
Reef tanks require half the lighting to be actinic lighting and half the lighting to be full spectrum daylight lighting. For the actinics any bulb listed as an actinicwhether it is a True Actinic, 7,100K Actinic, Actinic or 420nm Actinicwill be adequate. For the daylight bulb the best bulb for corals is the 10K (aka 10,000K) bulb. 6,700K, 8,800K, 12,000K, 14,000K & 20,000K bulbs are also fine.

Freshwater planted tanks usually use the 6,700K, 6,500K or 5,500K bulbs. Fish only tanks can use any light that makes the fish look good. The fish really don't need much light to surviveso it is really a matter of aesthetics. Most people will be happy using 6,700K bulbs, which are very close to daylight, for fish only tanks.