The Quantum Horticulture Badboy T5 is one beefy way to add some serious T5 fluorescent punch to any application. Designed for the horticulture industry, the Badboy T5 system allows you to get as many as 16 T5 bulbs over a system — yes we said 16! The Quantum Badboy T5 is also available with four, six, eight or 12 bulbs and has nifty folding arms to create a slim package for moving or storage.
The central support channel running down the middle of the Badboy T5 fixture not only houses the ballasts but also offers the support for the four arms running off each end. With the bulbs and reflectors removed, the arms fold inward making the fixture portable. Although once installed above a system, the portability may become a moot point but would make it easier to move for large-scale cleaning and maintenance of the system.
This bright orange lighting behemoth also touts these features:
- The T5 BadBoy produces color and light much closer to that of regular daylight
- Optimized for Fulham Race Horse ballast
- Unique folding structure — Ultra compact size for shipping and ultra light weight to operate.
- Universal input voltage — can operate from 120V to 277V, 50Hz or 60Hz.
- Vented Reflector — Eliminate the heat. Drive the lumens and not the heat.
- Vented Ballast housing — Keeps ballast running cool and extends ballast life.
- Unique Lamp spacing — more uniform and panel light
- Glass coated aluminum reflectors provide deeper penetrating light
These fixtures are using dual bulb reflectors instead of the traditional individual reflectors we normally see. There is a slight trade-off in overall efficiency (mostly dinging you in depth penetration) but it does help keep the overall cost of the unit down. The 16 bulb setup is pretty impressive but it is definitely a large unit measuring around 46 in. deep once assembled. The Quantum Horticulture Badboy is pretty economical, starting at around $150 for the four-lamp setup and topping off under $400 for the 16-lamp Badboy but at those prices of course it doesn’t come with any bulbs. If you are interested in buying one of these, a quick internet search will bring up plenty of online retailers carrying these in stock.