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    Workhorse 5 ballast wiring.

    I got a workhorse 5 today to add two t5 bulbs. Has anyone wired one of these? I'm a bit worried about the length of the wires. They are 36" long. I called fulham and they said I can extend them 8". Has anyone has success extending them longer? I doubt mounting the ballast in the canopy is a smart thing to do with all the moisture. What do you guys think?

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    I would use some solder and heat shrink and extend the wires so you can mount them outside the hood.

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    I've got wire nuts. I was just worried about adding more than they recommend to the wires. Plus the wiring is a little weird in the diagram. Its telling me to put the wires in one side of the endcap not both. I need to figure out of these end caps are internally shunted. Which I don't know how. Every end cap I've used I've put wires in both sides of the ends.

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    i wouldn't use wire nuts unless encase them in electrical tape to prevent water getting in the connector otherwise ,like Opes said, solder and shrink wrap would be the best choice.

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    have you ever wired one of these Scooby? My question is the diagram shows to combine the two red wires to one, and put it in the right side of the end cap. Im using the white german three piece water proof caps. I've used them on two other jobs and I've always put a wire in each side of the end cap. will these end caps work if I only put wires on the right side?

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    well, since I cant see the diagram so I don't know for sure, but alot of times you daisy chain them together by linking one terminal to the other.
    I bet the diagram is correct

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    yeah I got it. It was just opposite of what I've seen on the ice cap ballast and that last t5 ballast I got from Pat. But plugged it in and worked first try so I'm good to go. Now onto which line up of bulbs for a 55 gallon FOWLR. right now I have a 2 ATI blue plus and a aqua blueplus. Cant decide if I should go with another aquablue plus or the KZ fiji purple

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