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Overdriving HO bulbs

In a message dated 2/3/02 3:56:40 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com writes:

<< They get a little warmer than usual, and are probably ot going to last as
 long as usual, but they are only $3.00 each, so who cares.... >>

If this is in reality the only downside - then this is useful information 
indeed. The color temp could perhaps even be compensated for with the amount 
of choices available in 48inch bulbs. Then again, I'm not an electric 

Is there anyone on this list with enough of a background as to render a 
considered opinion about overdriving standard HO's? Safety would be the most 
serious consideration.

Bob Olesen
West Palm Beach