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Ice Cap electronic ballast will overdrive T5 HO bulbs. I have used an Ice Cap 660 with two VHO Super Actinics and two Daylight Delux (6500K) NO bulbs for an economical mix that is pleasant. The normal output bulbs cost $3.50 each and put out 81W instead of 40W. I verified this with the manufacture as well as with test equipment at my home. With respect to overdriving T5 bulbs, I can not speak from experience. However, in my opinion, the main advantage from T5 was in the reflector technology. When I priced T5 componants (reflectors, end caps and ballasts to overdrive) it was not economical to me. To each his own.

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