> I can't agree with that "concensus" (if there was one).  I hate 
> the purplish color of Tritons.  I also think they are over priced, 
> and they _definitely_ don't last as long as they are purported to. 
>  I use a combination of Vitalites and Phillips day light tubes in 
> my tanks that have standard fluorescent lighting.

Well, there's no accounting for taste, is there. <g> 

Tritons give a tank a nice color that photographs well, IMHO. Not sure how
long they're suppose to last, but I used to replace them every 6-8
months and they did fine. And they're just about the brightest thing
out there according to That Booth Guy's table.