10-29-2012, 02:08 PM
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Need Lighting Help for a 55 gallon planted tank.
OK so i haven't started my 48" 55g tank yet, i am in the process of getting everything i need to get it set up. I have two Lids with the crappy 15 watt bulbs, I know i need a light with a kelvin of 5500-6500K. I was thinking of modifying my hood lights using CFL 65 watt 6500k fluorescent screw in light bulbs. I was going to mount them inside where the 15 watt tube fluorescent would be. I was going to put 2 lights per cap. I have to lids (hence the 2 lights per cap) it would total 4 lights total. But i figured the screw socket would be easier beings i can control the the size of the bulbs. and how many bulbs to use. I want a medium-heavy planted tank so this is my lighting issue.
Or should i just go with the standard 48 inch tube lighting at 32 watts and how many would i need? as far as plants go i haven't gotten that far i know they will be moderate lighting to low level. All my research i have done has been confusing and makes it hard to figure out. anyone have any suggestions. I am how ever on a limited budget so i can't fork out 100's of dollars, I plan on doing the work myself, Electrical work isn't a problem due to having family in the trade.
I am sorry if i confused anyone. I just figured using the screw in socket cfl light bulbs would be an easier and cheaper method? So thanks in advance for any suggestions.