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Re: Eclipse 5 Gallon Hex Lighting

Date: Mon, 02 Jun 2003 20:51:31 -0500
A while back, the wife asked me for her own little aquarium, an Eclipse 5
gallon Hex.  This comes with an incandescent bulb, which I switched out for
a screw in type compact fluorescent bulb of 14 watts.  I couldn't find a
bulb that has anything close to 6500k or even 5000k.   This bulb puts out
an awful yellow sheen, so I suspect it is somewhere in the 3000k
range.  Algae seems to love this light.  Does anyone know a source for a
similar wattage bulb but in a higher color temperature?



I have heard rumors of a higher color temperature screw-in PCF light but I have yet to actually see one. Most of the PCF lights that are intended to replace incandescent light bulbs are also designed to be similar in appearance, which usually puts them down around 2800K or so.

The only thing I can think of doing that would let you use a bulb of a more aquarium-friendly color temperature would be to use one of the AH Supply 13w bright kits. They have bulbs around 5000K for that size light, but it is NOT a screw in and it will need some DIY effort to install.


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