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Power Compact Flourescents
Thanks to all who replied to my request for
information regarding screw-in type power compact
flourescent bulbs. Phillips and Sylvania are the two
'big name' manufacturers with suitable bulbs.
Commercial Lighting and MaxLite are two smaller
companies with suitable bulbs.
I have found a local source selling 6500 K PCF bulbs
in 13, 20 and 27 watt 'spiral' bulbs for $9.00 each.
I'll be picking some up this afternoon. The compact
size and low first cost of these bulbs make them an
appealing option for tanks up to 30 gallons. You only
need a way of securing them. Their real benefit may
be in lighting odd shaped tanks, like cubes,
cylinders, corners and hexes.
The wood for my enclosure cost $8.00. The sockets I
used cost $1.50/ea at my local warehouse joint. I
used two, and have room for as many as four more.
Mine were free--they were left by the previous
I now have a pine enclosure for the 20H, with soon to
be 54 watts of flourescent lighting, built and
installed for about $30. Not bad--even by my tightwad
standards. For another $10 to $20, I can add as much
as another 54 watts, and still have room for two more
What I might do is use a pair of sockets to add some
low wattage PCF bulbs with a 2700 K 'soft white'
temperature, just for taking pictures.
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