Subject: Fluorescent Lighting
> I've been doing some research on what type of lighting to buy.
> some set-ups for $300 with VHO lamps. I plan on lighting a 55 g
> I could buy two twin shop lights for $15. Two cool white and tw
> bulbs would run c. $6. This would give me a decent spectrum for
> Is there any great advantage to HO and VHO set-ups? The cost di
> huge. Any input?
IMO, the only time VHO lighting is an advantage is where you have
a deep tank with limited surface area. In those cases, it may be
easier to approach our w/g rule of thumb using VHO lighting,
though in many cases, MH lighting is preferable in these
Your shop light cool/warm plan will give you very acceptable
lighting, although there are lamps with a better lumen/watt
rating. My preference, as always, would be to buy the shop lights
then retrofit them with 5000K T-8 lamps and electronic ballast.