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[APD] Fluorescent lights close to the water surface
I have 5 36W T8 Fluorescents but I need 8 !!
Problem is that I can stick up to 6 such Fluorescents to the 20 inch width
because of reflectors. There are about 6 inches between the lamps and the
My idea is to put 8 such Fluorescents 1 inch from the water line.
I will get 8X instead of 5X intensity.
Intensity won't attenuate because of the 6 inch air distance.
I won't be able to use the reflectors any more - right? But the internal of
my hood is covered by bright white formica - so light can escape and
research shows that the best reflector return ~95% of the light while white
paper returns 80% - right?
And yet another "But"....
Since lights are at the surface level - more light will penetrate the water
in an angle that will allow it to escape through the aquarium glass -
right?????? So where is the best location? If I put the lights higher than I
will loose intensity but on the other hand light won't escape....
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