Thoughts on Acclimating to new T5 Lights

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    Lizardgi I used to have lizards

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    Tomorrow I'll be getting 12 new T5 ATI Bulbs to replace the stock ones on my Current Nova T5 Fixture. I'm guessing the new bulbs are going to have quite a bit more par than the stock ones.

    From the below options, what would the best way be to acclimate:

    A. Install 2 new bulbs a week for 6 weeks (This would be a real pain as I need to completely remove the fixture to slide the plastic cover to replace bulbs)
    B. Install all new bulbs and reduce photoperiod with and gradually move it up
    C. Install all new bulbs and raise fixture, then, gradually move it down

    Your opinions are appreciated!
     
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    BL1 ............. Moderator

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    I think which ever will be easier between B and C. I personally do option B, I cut my lighting time in half and every day I add an extra 15 mins till I'm back up to where I was originally.
     
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    I do what BL1 does. Except I cut it down to 1 hour in the morning and one hour in the evening and then add 15 minutes to each side a day ( 1/2 hour total) till I get back to full lighting.

    IMO, that is the easiest way. Especially since raising the fixture is out of the question for me.
     
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    Lizardgi I used to have lizards

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    So with one hour in the morning and one in the evening, do you have two photo periods a day?
     
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    Until they join back up together.

    For example

    Day one

    On 8-9am
    Off 9am-7pm
    On 7-8pm

    Day two

    On 8-9:15am
    Off 9:15am-6:45pm
    On 6:45-8pm


    Until there is just one photoperiod.
    Not sure if my way has any benefit over BL's way, just the way I have always done it.
     
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    fastrd400 It wasn't me! Moderator

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    Go with option B. I cut my lighting period in half and then ramp it back up just the same way as BL1.
     
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    Lizardgi I used to have lizards

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    Thanks everyone!
     
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