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MoneyMitch 09-23-2009 04:38 PM

Lighting Option?
 
So i was bored and went to home depot.com and found a fixture that i think would work with my aquarium, tell me what you guys think.


Lithonia Lighting 4 Ft., 2 Lamps, 32 Watt, White Industrial Fluorescent Work Light - L 2 32 120 GESB at The Home Depot

forgot to mention, i would make some acrylic tops and get rid of my full hoods that i have now and i would hang this fixture from my ceiling, would this be tooo much light or just enough? its a 55gal

mollies 09-23-2009 04:50 PM

What watt is you lights in your tank already? 32 watt are what come with that shop light. You may have to get new bulbs but the fixture would work. You will want it kind of close to your tank. So that way you dont loose all of the spectrum to the tank.

MoneyMitch 09-23-2009 11:05 PM

i mean the bulbs that are in that are like 8000k which will be fine seing how the sun is at most 6500k. i think im going to get it ill let you all know how everything works out. Money

mollies 09-24-2009 12:10 AM

keep us informed

Byron 09-24-2009 01:51 PM

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Originally Posted by MoneyMitch (Post 247664)
i mean the bulbs that are in that are like 8000k which will be fine seing how the sun is at most 6500k. i think im going to get it ill let you all know how everything works out. Money

Nothing wrong with the fixture per say, it is the tubes that matter. Those with this fixture are ordinary tubes and I suspect not adequate plant light. Knowing the K rating is one thing, but as I mentioned previously you also need to know the spectrum graph, and there is none at the linked site. These tubes are such as you would use in your home, basement over the workbench, garage, etc., just "light". From the K rating they are probably cool white. Putting tubes like the Life-Glo or similar wold be fine.

Another comment on hanging fluorescent lights above a tank: light is dissipated into the air, and the higher off the tank the more light is dissipated. This means light is bouncing around above the tank, which makes it harder to focus on the tank (like a bright light shining above a TV). Plus the wasted light is not getting into the water where it is needed. If you can set this fixture on the tank frame, fine. But it will need a glass cover between the tubes and the water surface.

Byron.

WisFish 09-24-2009 04:35 PM

You should replace the bulbs with daylight bulbs. I get these for $3.50 each at the local Menards (Home Depot equivalent).

Sylvania 22175 FO32/765/ECO Light Bulb - Buy 32 watt 48 inch T8 Medium Bi-Pin Base 6,500K 700 Series Ecologic Octron Fluorescent Sylvania Light Bulb Online at ServiceLighting.com

But I agree with previous posts. Unless you have the light right on top of the tank and have a shield blocking the light from the viewers, it won't workout very well. With only 2 - 32 watt bulbs, the light may be on the low side.

MoneyMitch 09-24-2009 06:14 PM

i mean i plan to hang it pretty much right over the tank, it has shades on the side that direct the light and i was thinking of putting some alluminum foil in there to help reflect it some, the lids are no problem those are easily made with a few hinges and some acrylic. thanks for the imput though. Money


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