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Re: [APD] Ballast...

Hi Bill,

I used an el cheapo Home Repot $7 shop light over a 55 for years.  It finally burned out due to heat.  I housed it in a pine box.  Wired it up with a switch and used a regular cheapo lamp timer on it for years with no problems at all on the timer.  When I replaced it, I cut an opening in the back and installed a cooling fan, no more heat problems.  However, now I would buy the $30 one from Lowe's or Home Repot that has an electronic ballast and the T8 bulbs.  They really ARE brighter like they claim.  I put one in my garage with the other 5 shop lights and it is waaaaaay brighter.  And you can get good bulbs for them.

Nick A

Message: 3
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2006 18:49:46 EST
From: Billionzz at aol_com
Subject: [APD] Ballast electronic or magnetic?
To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com
I have some extra glass and I'm going to build a tank that is going to set  
in my garage to grow plants out in.
The tank will 48" x 14" x 14" - approximately 40 gallons. It doesn't need  to 
look good, just a place to grow out some different plants.
I was planning on putting some shop lights from home depot over this tank,  
two strips with 2 - 40 watt bulbs each, making a total of 160 watts.
But now I have a couple of questions that I was hoping that I could get  some 
help with.
1. Should I get electronic or magnetic ballast? The magnetic is  cheaper.
2. Should I get the strip with T12's (40 watt bulbs) for 160 watts total or  
the T8's (32 watt bulbs) for 128 watts total?
3. Would anyone suggest different lighting for this tank? It isn't for  looks 
at all only to grow out plants.
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