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Re: [APD] Spiral fluorescents - Walter

55 watt PCs, with endcap are just under 24".  96 watt PCs,
with endccap, are jsut under 36 inches.  55s work great for
48" kengths of hood.

Check the prices for a 2x55 kit on AHS.

--- "Scott D. Goett" <sdgoett at att_net> wrote:
> Walter (or anyone else with some ideas),
> 	I have an old 48 fluorescent hood (the regular plastic
> kind) that is all
> corroded and non functional.  I was thinking about
> gutting it and using the
> plastic casing to put 4 spiral fluorescents in because I
> thought it would be
> a cheap source of light and I already aquired the 2-sided
> fixtures a few
> years ago for like 5cents.  Any idea how to add a fan or
> adequate
> ventilation?  Any way of putting 48 inch (or 2 24")
> compact fluorescents in
> one of those?  Any idea how much they may cost?  Would CP
> need to be cooled
> too?  Any other ideas for putting light over a 55 gallon
> tank that has the
> plastic hoods?
> Scott
> Message: 7
> Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2003 17:07:40 -0500
> From: "Petrie, Walter" <WPetrie at ThomasNelson_com>
> Subject: [APD] RE: Spiral and multiple-tube small
> fluorescents.
> To: "'aquatic-plants at actwin_com'"
> <aquatic-plants at actwin_com>
> First, do all 6500K lights have that same bluish
> appearance, or does it vary
> by brand, and type of light PC vs. CF vs Normal
> fluorescent?
> 6500K is a blueish type light regardless of the brand of
> bulb you buy,
> although I imagine that there could be a slight variance
> between brands.
> This is definitely true with 6500K Metal Halide bulbs.
> TCP makes a light that is 5100K that is very close to
> many full spectrum
> bulbs. (I found mine at an industrial lighting supply
> shop in Nashville, TN)
> Someone mentioned earlier not to buy spiral tube
> flourescents. I'm not one
> to say that these bulbs are a waste of money because they
> work well for me.
> However, you could be wasting your money if you put them
> in a standard strip
> light fixture without a cooling fan because they do have
> the tendency to die
> quickly  when they get too hot. I guess this is  why the
> manufacturer prints
> on the box "Not to be used in fully enclosed fixtures"
> (i.e. aquarium
> hoods).
> I've built a well ventellated wooden hood w/cooling fan
> and I am using two
> 150 watt bulbs. They each put out 2800 lumens and are
> almost painful to look
> at.  When installed in a properly ventillated fixture,
> they will last over 2
> years.
> Are they as efficient as Power compacts? No.
> Do they cost less than PC? Yes (approx $60 for the entire
> hood fan and
> bulbs)
> Will plants grow and thrive under these lights? Yes
> Nothing against PCs. They are a great product. I'm just
> wanting to save a
> little money here and there.
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