Originally Posted by redchigh
Good idea. If I got a big tank I'd definately use a shop light. (I was already planning to.)
Depending on whether you want plants, I'm unsure why you added the CFLs though...a pair of T5's would probably be plenty bright.
The reason I used the CFLs is to lighten up the dark ends. My tank is 60 inches long and the light was only 48 inches long, so the dark edges needed something. CFLs were the cheapest way to go. As I pointed out in the vid, you can see how just using the shop light kept the edges, or the ends of the tank, a little darker.
My next canopy will probably be only CFLs. The wiring is easy, more or less, and expansion would be easier.