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Re: Inexpensive compact flourescent light kits!
on 01:48 AM 7/20/99 , Aquatic Plants Digest wrote:
>I just received an email from a company offering very inexpensive CF DIY
>kits. Their web site is at:
>The prices look great and they have instructions and bulbs available also. I
>have no connection with this company but thought this might be useful to a
>lot of hobbyists out there!
I just received their 36-55 watt kit and a 40 watt bulb today and put it
together. Quality parts and they all worked together well. Good
instructions, and you can't beat the price. I'm regretting spending $160 on
a Perfecto SHOlight when I just got a better setup for $40.
The reflectors they include are very good. I have their 40W light on the
front half of my tank, and the 55W SHOlight on the back half (total 95W for
a 29, I want to grow higher-light plants.) Despite the wattage difference,
the front of the tank seems brighter. The ballast can also support 36 or
55W bulbs if I need to change wattage.
I'm experienced with wiring, but all you really need to do is strip/cut
some wires, insert into the socket, twist 2 wire nuts together and do the
physical mounting. It took me about 30 minutes. I mounted it on the lid of
my existing wooden canopy, "Eclipse" style. I just have to remember not to
look directly at the lid when I open it now... that thing's BRIGHT.
They answered my questions quickly by email before I ordered. Shipping was
fast and cheap. The kit was well padded in the box, and every part I needed
for assembly was included. Highly recommended.
michael moncur mgm at starlingtech_com http://www.starlingtech.com/
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