View Full Version : Lighing so many options.....

03-10-2008, 03:39 PM
Well.... i'm looking at MANY different options for my new 110gallon high tank.

I can go cheap and get a $100 compact lighting 260w 48"
maybe add another one down the line and have 2 48" light strips

I also saw i can get a $176 24" metal halide 380w

Or a 250w for $140

these are 24inches so i might eventually get two for each side?

I was also looking in to regular metal halides that i could hang from the ceiling which are cheaper. Do they do the same thing? This might be ideal in my low income cheap case......:14:
400w for $90

any other options i'm missing? Tank is 30inches deep and i'd like to grow a variety of plants. It's also 48" long so i don't know if 2 24" lights would be better then 2 48" lights or a variety of in between.

03-10-2008, 03:59 PM
Value for money, your best bet is probably fluorescent tubes.

48" t5's have a very good output, high intensity light and they'll probably come out cheaper than a 48" metal halide setup (which will often include t5's anyway). You'll get a more even light over the tank too, especially of you go with overhead lamps.

03-10-2008, 04:01 PM
There are a couple other types of lighting as well

T5 HO(high output)
One advantage the T5 bulbs have over compact florescent is they are cheaper to replace and last longer.

MH bulbs throw off a lot of heat so you might have to watch the application.

03-10-2008, 04:14 PM
i use T5, seem to last for a while to,:19:

03-10-2008, 05:06 PM
Remember your tank is kinda deep. You don't need more light output, but instead more light intensity.

03-10-2008, 05:52 PM
Remember your tank is kinda deep. You don't need more light output, but instead more light intensity.

Like the watts or the spectrum that it's emitting? like say 10,000k vs. the 6,700k???

03-10-2008, 06:23 PM
Unless you're keeping corals I would avoid the Metal Halides. They run extremely hot, are expensive, and will send your electric bills through the roof. I would go for either the T5 or Compact Flourescents.

I have that first light you posted, and it works pretty good. The only problem is the build quality is a bit questionable. But I suppose that's what I get for picking up a 200-300 dollar light for a hundred bucks.

03-10-2008, 07:04 PM
Because of the depth of that tank you might need MH, but I would try T5 or CF, if they don't get the job done sell them and go MH

Where did you find that 4x65 PC?

03-10-2008, 07:18 PM
Now the tank came with some sort of industrial florescent lighting...
Each bulb(4) is 40watts but i don't know what the total watts that the unit can put out... Is there a way to measure this so maybe i can put some 65w bulbs in there and not need to buy a light until i figure out what would be best....

found all the above lights on ebay....

03-10-2008, 08:06 PM
Be careful, industrial fixture are often T8s or T12s, they won't fit T5s and even if they do, the ballast may not be able to light them.

The total wattage should be listed somewhere on the fixture though. After that, it'll depend on being able to find higher output lights of the right size.

03-10-2008, 08:21 PM
This is the only stamp on the lighting fixture anywhere.

118V 60Hz A.C
For line volt-amperes
Multiply total lamp
wattage by 1.5
dry locations only