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Re: APD #1369 "Lighting decision"
PGagne2000 at aol_com sez:
> The compact flourescent kits from AH Supply cost $70 each (I would need
> two). The setup would use four bulbs, and I could mix and match between
> 40, and 55 watt bulbs of varying temp. ratings. Bulbs cost from $16 to
> each, call the total around$225. This provides up to 220 watts of light.
> The tank is 36" wide by 24" tall by 18" front-to-back, so room on top
> should not be an issue.
How about two of AHS's 96W kits? I think they are 36" long, and you would
only need two lamps and two ballasts. It would be a lot cleaner set-up; not
sure if it would be any cheaper. You also might want to consider a 96W kit
plus a 2x36W kit. 36W compact fluorescent lamps are readily available in
4100K from commercial lighting suppliers. The 36W lamps are 16.5" long, so
two of them end-to-end would fit nicely on a 36" tank.