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post #1 of 3 Old 06-09-2013, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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Question about fluorescent bulbs

Hi all,

I have a Blue planet 50L tank. Today the 11Watt energy saving fluorescent lamp died, and I'm looking for a replacement. The official Blue Planet replacement is $40.00 on the net, and the instructions tell me to only use official bulbs, except I haven't been able to locate any in my LFS's. Are these bulbs special, or can I purchase a standard Philips 11W energy saving fluorescent bulb (which are $8 for a pack of 2 and look exactly the same)?

Thanks for any help,
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post #2 of 3 Old 06-09-2013, 12:33 PM
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Welcome to TFK forum.

I do not know anything about the type of light--one of our other Australian members will likely know of it--so I can't offer much on that. If the fixture is a basic screw-in bulb socket, I would be tempted to try a CFL bulb.


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post #3 of 3 Old 06-09-2013, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your reply Byron. Yep, the bulb is a standard screw-in CFL.
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