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Re: lights

Thanks, Tom. All I needed to hear was you say it. And that means a lot
when you're on a budget like I am. A REAL load off! :-)

>I run them till they die. I use a cheapy
>6500K(in place of a triton) or 5000K and
>maybe a Triton mix. If your adding light
>right on the threshold of the lighting
>amount(say 1-1 1/2 watts a gallon you
>may want to add more lighting) or keep
>fresh bulbs but at 2 w/g or above it's not
>that big of a deal I think. I've never seen
>any problems that I could say with any
>certainty that was caused from "old
>bulbs", maybe old neurons.... but not
>bulbs. I have had some crypt melt when
>dramatically changing the lighting(say 80
>watts to 150 watts) but not with the same
>bulb and a replacement (changing one 40
>watt bulb for another new one with the
>2x40 watt light). That's never shown any
>difference I could spot. 
>I think they just like to sell bulbs. Light is
>light pretty much as long as there's
>enough and it's not way out there. A good
>balance for our eyes and a middle range
>seems best but you can do very well with
>just about any set up. Plants are not that
>picky. Neither are algae. 
>I still haven't changed any of my PC bulbs
>either. I got 4 years on a pair. I'll be damn
>if I change those 20-40$ ea bulbs till they
>die completely. Regards, 
>Tom Barr