It’s a combination of light format (T5HO) and reflector. Format is basically universal - same wattage to power the bulb and electronic ballasts so you’ll get relatively consistent results. Sunblasters happen to be the cheapest T5HO I have found without ordering from sketchy hydroponic stores. T5HO are significantly stronger (brighter, more light output) than typical T8 lamps and even T5NO lamps - meaning you can have them further away.
Reflectors redirected “wasted” light and not all are created equal. some fancy math and physics go into good reflector design. The reflector on the sunblaster is also shaped in a way to optimize the reflection back down. Arcadia makes reflectors that are skewed to one side so they have a shape that projects the light off the the side more and a good for mounting to the front ceiling corner of the vivarium.
The light that comes with them are generic “daylight” bulbs - these bulbs are pretty cheep and work fine for plants. The color seems better than T8s as well, as they are a bit warmer (the most daylight T8 I could find was 5500K, compared to 6500K) I think there are fancy plant bulbs as well. I have an indoor succulent garden that is growing well under a 2 bulb fixture with the bulbs that came with it. The same fixture will run any bulb of the length and wattage it’s made for.
For UV use the output of them is about much higher than what a T8 is for a similar percentage bulb. For example: Reptisun 10 at 12" away a T8 with reflector is UVI of about 1.5, the T5 version is 4.3 on the bulb I used last night. Part of that is format and part of that is reflector. The T5 bulbs also last longer than the T8s, not sure why exactly though.
Viability wise - they are pretty good lamps. They are more energy efficient on a lumen per watt basis, they are bright and the UV potential is currently the best on the market. They might be too bright for some situations like nocturnal critters or light sensitive ones, but that can also be worked around with good habitat design. Plus they are smaller overall which is nice.
If you want to seal bottles with wax, try to avoid using scented candles. They leave a greasy residue behind on top of the wax which is very inconvenient if it’s a bottle you want to carry with you or keep out. Colored unscented candle sticks are pretty cheep at Walmart or on amazing. Invest in some, you wont regret it.
So I recently moved and and am taking summer classes rn, and while I’ve been applying to places since April, I have yet to find a job. I have faith that I WILL find one, but I’ve exhausted what little money I saved before our move, and the financial aid I received paying my bills for the 2 months. I recently had an interview, but even if I get the job its a small boutique and the payroll isn’t very large, I’ll only get 8 hours a week at MOST working there. While it is slightly above minimum wage, it will not help cover my bills monthly.
So I really REALLY need help, because I’m already paying off loans for school right no, while being in school, and I’m at my wits end.
So I’m offering a few things for what I think is pretty cheep, but they are for single characters!
LINE ART ICONS: 3.50 USD
FLAT COLOR ICONS: 4.50 USD
FULL BODY PIXEL LINEART: 7.50 USD
FULL BODY FLAT COLOR PIXEL: 9.50 USD
FULL BODY LINEART: 14.50 USD
KNEE UP FLAT COLOR: 16.50
FULL BODY COLOR: 18.50
My price drop down menu for paypal isn’t updated yet, but I will update it after class today. You can pay through paypal or most accredited debit cards and credit cards.
PLEASE CONSIDER ME FOR COMMISSIONS! Or even if you can just donate 1.00 USD on my art page humpbackpigeonsdraws, it would be appreciated. I know there are others out there whose style and technique is at a higher level than mine, but please if you can just consider helping, I’m trying to use what skills I have to make ends meet right now.