Originally Posted by Unrulyevil
Thank you for your reply.
I'm looking for something that will be good for the plants and at the same time would be accessible like a hood
how about this?
All-Glass Aquarium Black 48" Fluorescent Twin Tube Strip Lite
is this like a hood or is it just mounts on the middle of the tank? or how does it work?
If you want lighting that will be good for plants I would get a glass top (they are hinged so it opens like a hood) and that Satellite fixture. You will get more light output this way, which will allow you to select from a much wider range of plants. I would also get 6700K compact bulbs (not sure what come with the Satellite fixture) I use a Coralife 6700K in my Satellite and I am getting very good results so far.
This article is good
not sure if you have seen it or not. But typically in a 2 light 48" fluorescent fixture you will be around 80watts for the light, the two light compact fluorescent will be 130watts, this shows us
that you are in the low range if you use the fluorescent and in the high if you use the compact fluorescent. The CFL would be the better choice if you want to do a variety of plants, at least IMHO.