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[APD] 20 watt bulbs where min 25 watt go
I have read various posts on overdriving lights, I have a question that may
fall down that line...
I have a 29 gallon 30 inch long tank that I need to make lights for.
Currently there is a 4ft shop light hanging over it with 2 40 watt sunshine
bulbs. I have a canopy designed that would allow either removing the very
top section to allow the use of the shop light as is or optionally a plywood
piece that will sit into a 1/4 inch inset at the top. Figured this way I
could use the closed canopy or remove the top totally and have it as open
and depend on hanging lights.
My question is this:
The ballast in these cheap walmart shop lights are designed to run " 2- 25,
35 or 40 watt T12 bulbs"
If I gut a couple and use the ballast and endcaps and use 2-24" bulbs it
would be putting 20 watt bulbs in it. Since it is not rated for 20 watt
bulbs would this be a bad idea? Would the 5 watts difference really make
that much difference especially safety wise?
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