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Which compact fluorescent bulbs should I get
Old 01-20-2010, 03:43 PM   #11
 
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This is a good fixture in my view, I bought two of them last summer to replace old fixtures that finally gave out. The tubes that come with it are useless though, but you can buy good ones. T8, T10 and T12 refer to the tube diameters, but T8 are more common now and some say are slightly more intense and less energy and last longer. Whichever, a good choice.



Speaking generally, all tubes of the same length are the same wattage, they are standard. However, some manufacturers now make tubes that produce the same intensity but for less energy (watts), so the wattage will be less but as I've said before, wattage has very little to do with light intensity. It works as a guide for T8's bearing in mind the newer lower wattage issue.

Your full spectrum tubes will work, the Colourmax mentioned earlier, at whatever wattage they make for this length.

Byron.
Thank you and good to hear, and this confirms what I remember reading before in another discussion. I figured I would have to get better bulbs. Not a big deal. If I am correct, I can find them at Home Depot?

I am sure full of questions! Thanks for valued responses!
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Old 01-20-2010, 03:53 PM   #12
 
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Thank you and good to hear, and this confirms what I remember reading before in another discussion. I figured I would have to get better bulbs. Not a big deal. If I am correct, I can find them at Home Depot?

I am sure full of questions! Thanks for valued responses!
You're most welcome.

HD in Canada don't carry Colourmax tubes, those are special aquarium tubes made by Coralife and I think only available at fish stores or online. May have them in the US HD, don't know. The tubes in HD here are standard, by Phillips, Sylvania, GE, or similar. They can work too, and will be much less cost, as Kymmie pointed out the Coralife are expensive. HD may not have all sizes though, again might be different in US. If they do, a Daylight (full spectrum around 5500 to 6500K) plus an Enhanced Daylight or Daylight Deluxe or some such similar name at around 6500K would be a good combo, comparable to what I have.

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Old 01-20-2010, 06:31 PM   #13
 
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I donno about Homedepot, but Lows has specific Aquarium Bulbs. But since I pers don't get these I can't comment on any specific details of them.
Like Byron mentioned I also always either get GE or Bright effects (Lowes home brand) either one is avilable as Daylight with 5000K and one with 6500K.
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Old 01-20-2010, 07:17 PM   #14
 
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I donno about Homedepot, but Lows has specific Aquarium Bulbs. But since I pers don't get these I can't comment on any specific details of them.
Like Byron mentioned I also always either get GE or Bright effects (Lowes home brand) either one is avilable as Daylight with 5000K and one with 6500K.
Thanks. :) You know, the other day, when I was driving home on the freeway I noticed Lowes on the south side right off the freeway which is near our Wallmart. I completely forgot about this one since I never go there and thought that I would have to go further west to get to a Lowes. I will check there since it is near my shopping stomping grounds. I just never paid attention to the sign I guess after I first ever saw it which was awhile ago.
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