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At AquaCave, we offer some of the best selection & best prices on VHO Aquarium Light fixtures, retro kits, lamps and accessories for you marine, reef, and freshwater aquarium.
VHO Fluorescent lighting is a logical solution for saltwater and freshwater tanks requiring high light output. VHO aquarium setups use readily available VHO lamps in a wide variety of sizes and colors. VHO Retro & ballast kits are easily retrofitted into existing canopies. VHO Lighting is a great low heat alternative for metal halide lighting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VHO Fluorescent Aquarium Light Fixtures

VHO Fluorescent Aquarium Light Fixtures by Hamilton Technology: Deluxe Fluorescent VHO Fixture by Hamilton Technology Features:
* 2 x Super Actinic Blue Very High Output Fluorescent bulbs
* 2 x Actinic Sun (50% Daylight & 50% Actinic Blue) Very High Output Fluorescent bulbs
* Black Aluminum canopy
* High quality electro-white reflector.
*Aluminum or Oak Wood Canopy
* Includes Hamilton VHO Electronic Ballast.
* INCLUDES INDEPENDENT CONTROLS FOR DAWN TO DUSK EFFECT.


VHO Fluorescent Aquarium Retro Kits

VHO Retro Fit Kits by IceCap

Our IceCap 2 lamp and 4 lamp VHO Retrofit Kits are pre-assembled and wired on Polished Aluminum Mirror Reflector to save you time. All you have to do is insert bulbs, mount it into your existing reflector, canopy or hood, and turn it on. That’s it! No complex and confusing wiring diagrams.
- Polished Aluminum Mirror Reflector reflects up to 99%! These reflectors come with a thin blue protective film to prevent scratches. Be sure to remove this film before you mount and light up the unit.
- Extreme intensity and reliability is guaranteed. Backed by IceCap 3 year warranty on the ballast. - Exceptionally energy efficient electronic ballast with potted design for cooler and moisture resistant operation.
- IceCap VHO Ballast Model 430 can operate up to 12 lamp feet with a total of 324 rated lamp watts. Individual lamps can be 2 through 6 feet each.
- Endcaps are high quality 3 piece moisture resistant units and are German made. These have an O Ring to help keep the moisture out.
- Polished mirror aluminum reflector.

VHO Retro Fit Kits by ARO

Our ARO 2 lamp and 4 lamp VHO Retrofit Kits are pre-assembled and wired on Polished Aluminum Mirror Reflector to save you time. All you have to do is insert bulbs, mount it into your existing reflector, canopy or hood, and turn it on. That’s it! No complex and confusing wiring diagrams.
- Polished Aluminum Mirror Reflector reflects up to 99%! These reflectors come with a thin blue protective film to prevent scratches. Be sure to remove this film before you mount and light up the unit.
- Extreme intensity and reliability is guaranteed. Backed by a 3 year warranty on the ballast. - Exceptionally energy efficient electronic ballast with potted design for cooler and moisture resistant operation.
- Has 1/4" holes on ballast case for easy mounting.
- Each VHO ballast can power up to 440 watts of light (with maximum of 16 feet of lamp length). Thus, EACH ballast is capable of running 2, 3 or 4 bulbs if the 440 watt / 16 foot limit is adhered to (Note: the proper lamp harness must be used to operate 2, 3 or 4 bulb configurations).
- This is an in-series product; thus, if you choose to use the 4 bulb harness, all four bulbs will be either "On" or "Off" at the same time.
- Endcaps are high quality 3 piece moisture resistant units and are German made. These have an O Ring to help keep the moisture out.
- Ballasts are not dimmable (Fluorescent bulbs are NOT designed to be dimmed!).
- VHO ballasts are not compatible on X-10 systems.

VHO Retro Fit Kits by Hamilton Technology

VHO Super Power Retro Kit by Hamilton Technology includes:
* Corrosion Resistant Electro-White Light Enhancing Reflector
* Quick Disconnect
* Two switches for dawn to dusk effect.
* Moistureproof sockets
* 2 or 4 x Super Actinic Blue T12 VHO fluorescent bulb
* 2 or 4 x Actinic-Sun T12 VHO fluorescent bulb
* All Pre-Wired. Ready to install.
* INCLUDES HAMILTON ELECTRONIC VHO BALLAST & INDEPENDENT CONTROLS FOR DAWN TO DUSK EFFECT
Reflector Options:
- Electro-White Light Enhancing Reflector
- Ever-Brite Mirror Finish Aluminum Reflector
**If tank has an open top, moisture build-up should be avoided therefore, a lens is required to prevent this from happening.


VHO Fluorescent Aquarium Lamps

- URI Actinic White VHO Lamps by UV Lighting Co.*: The URI Actinic White lamp is the first of its kind to offer a 50/50 combination of triband (daylight) and actinic (blue) phosphors. This mixture provides a great balance between the life supporting spectrum required by live rock, corals, anemones, and related marine life, and the daylight spectrum required for vibrant color rendition. The 180 degree internal reflector allows for 40% more light output. The Actinic White Lamp has a kelvin temperature of 12,000.
Excellent for all marine and reef applications.
All URI lamps come with 180` internal reflector which allow 40% more light output.
Available lamp Sizes: 24"(75W), 36"(95W), 46.5"(110W), 48"(110W), 60"(140W), 72"(160W).

- URI AquaSun VHO Lamps by UV Lighting Co.*: The URI Aquasun (10K) is a technologically advanced aquarium lamp containing a mixture of unique triband phosphors.
180º internal reflector allows 40% more light output. Excellent for all marine applications, hard coral, plants, fresh water, and salt water tanks.
AquaSun (10000K) = 100% white spectrum.
All URI lamps come with 180` internal reflector which allow 40% more light output.
Available lamp Sizes: 24"(75W), 36"(95W), 46.5"(110W), 48"(110W), 60"(140W), 72"(160W).

- URI Super Actinic R VHO Lamps By UV Lighting Co.*: The Super Actinic R is the most widely used aquarium lamp on the market. This lamp has a 100% blue spectrum with a peak output around 420 nm.
This closely resembles the blue chlorophyll absorption peak utilized in photosynthesis.
The 180 degree internal reflector allows for 40% more light output. Great for reef applications and coral enhancement.
180º internal reflector allows 40% more light output. Excellent for all marine and reef applications.
All URI lamps come with 180` internal reflector which allow 40% more light output.
Available lamp Sizes: 24"(75W), 36"(95W), 46.5"(110W), 48"(110W), 60"(140W), 72"(160W).


VHO Fluorescent Aquarium Ballast Kits

- 2 lamp ARO VHO Ballast Kit
- 3 lamp ARO VHO Ballast Kit
- 4 lamp ARO VHO Ballast Kit : Included in Ballast Kits:
- ARO Electronic VHO Ballast ~Dimensions: 11 3/4"L x 3"W x 2"H. This is great alternative to IceCap ballast.
- German 3 piece moisture proof endcaps
- Quick Disconnect Cable
- Power Cord
- Wire Harness
- Optional Plastic Mount for German 3 VHO Piece Endcaps can be added to your order. Highly recommended for easy installation.
Everything is included and pre-wired (except bulbs). All you have to do is mount it and turn it on. Thats it. Extreme intensity and reliability is guaranteed. Backed by a 3 year warranty on the ballast. Exceptionally energy efficient electronic ballast with potted design for cooler and moisture resistant operation. Significant increase in lamp life compared to magnetic ballasts.
Each VHO ballast can power up to 440 watts of light (with maximum of 16 feet of lamp length). Thus, EACH ballast is capable of running EITHER one, two, three or four lamps if the 440 watt limit is adhered to, plus if the proper lamp harness is used.
This is an in-series product; thus, if you choose to use the 4 lamp harness, all four lamps will be either "On" or "Off" at the same time.
Endcaps are high quality 3 piece moisture proof units and are German made.


- 2 Lamp AS220 VHO Ballast Kit: Finally, an affordable VHO ballast kit for the DIY aquarist!
We've incorporated the popular AS220 electronic ballast into an all in one kit!
The kit comes with everything needed to run two VHO lamps up to 48' in length.
Kit Includes:
- AS220 Electronic VHO Ballast (220W)
- (4) Moisture Resistant Endcaps
- (4) End Cap Mounts
- (1) Power Cord
- (11) Wire Nuts
- 60' of 18g wire


VHO Fluorescent Aquarium Ballasts

IceCap 430 Electronic VHO Ballast : IceCap 430 Information:
Ice Cap Ballasts are the coolest ballasts available using 40% less electricity and burning 40% brighter. Their unique circuitry prevents premature lamp burn out and fading associated with VHO lamps. You can run VHO, HO, and STD fluorescent lamps in any combination. In summary, the Icecap 430 is a versatile and powerful ballast.
Specific features include:
- A Model 430 can operate up to 12 lamp feet with a total of 324 rated lamp watts. Individual lamps can be 2 through 6 feet each. This corresponds to 10 different lamp configurations.
- Maximum light output with VHO and HO lamps.
- Cold temperature starts to -40¡ Celsius.
- 3 Year Limited Warranty.

- IceCap 660 Electronic VHO Ballast : Ice Cap Ballasts are the coolest ballasts available using 40% less electricity and burning 40% brighter. Their unique circuitry prevents premature lamp burn out and fading associated with VHO lamps. You can run VHO, HO, and STD lamps in any combination. In summary, the Icecap 660 is a versatile and powerful ballast. IceCap Model 660 is the most versatile and powerful ballast.
Specific features include:
- Unsurpassed Versatility - A Model 660 can operate up to 16 lamp feet with a total of 464 rated lamp watts.
- Individual lamps can be 2 through 6 feet each. This corresponds to 12 different lamp configurations. Maximum light output with VHO and HO lamps.
- Cold temperature starts to -40 degrees Celsius.
- 3 Year Limited Warranty.

- ARO VHO Ballast, 220W : Finally, an affordable, raw VHO ballast for the DIY aquarist! This solid state electronic ballast has advanced Raid Start technology built into it.

* ARO brand AS-220 VHO ballast, will power up to 220W or two 48" bulbs! This ballast will not run bulbs longer than 48".
* Designed to power two VHO lamps.
* Add additional supplemental lighting to your aquarium, or upgrade to Very High Output lighting for a fraction of the cost of purchasing a new system.
* Highly efficient electronic ballast, no annoying hum like other magnetic ballasts.
* Small compact design.
* Wiring diagram on the ballast.
* Model #AS-220. Do NOT use 60" or 72" bulbs, as this will fail the ballast and void warranty.
* Warranty: 5 Years
ARO AS-220 Ballast Specifications:
Maximum Power: 220 Watts
Maximum Current: 1.82 AMP (120vac)
Operating Voltage: 120 VAC 10%
Black, White Wires: 18" Long From Case
Red, Blue, Yellow, Brown Wires: 18" Long From Case
Ballast Case Size: Long Case - 9 3/4"L x 1 5/8"W x 1 1/8"H
Ballast Weight: 18.5 OZ
High Power Factor: > .90
Ballast Min. Operating Temp.: -20 F (-30 C)
Ballast Maximum case Temp. : 158 F (70 C)
Ballast Lamp Starting Mode: Raid Start (better than Instant Start for the bulbs)
Class P (Thermal) Sound Rating - A
End of Life Protection: No EOL Circuit


VHO Fluorescent Aquarium DIY Components

 



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