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  1. #1

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    So sitting here thinking about my future tank rack and wondering what lights use the least amount of electricity

    Options
    MH
    T8
    T5
    LED
    CFL

    Right now I'm thinking that I could either use LED or Normal CFL bulb light fixtures built into the racks...

    But I wanna look at the longer term costs here with the pros / cons of each

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    Have to know is the purpose of the lights going to be grow plants or just light up the tanks for viewing?

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    LEDs use the least electricity and produce the least amount of heat. They can be the most expensive tho. But that would be my first choice as well

    For me, T5, T8s, and CFL all have different pros and cons depending on you and your plant's needs, but each can work and would be among my second choices.

    MH will use the most electricity, produce the most heat, and it is a little hard to find bulbs suited for FW set-ups

    Just my $0.02
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    Ok, my ideas were led or cfl fixtures. Would mostly be aquascaped planted tanks. Would also use a few as fry raising tanks.

    Mostly looking into the 2 options as what would be the easiest cost and long term costs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardy85 View Post
    Mostly looking into the 2 options as what would be the easiest cost and long term costs.
    For least cost but best performace, CFL's are the best by far: they sell exact CFL's for plants (perfect match for color spectum and temperature and a host of 'wattages'.) These bulbs and fixtures are dirt cheap and simple to install in a home made mount. Can't think of a single drawback to these lights except they cannot be housed in a fixture/box with as low a profile as LED's. For a fish only tank, a standard 'day light' CFL will work well. As for energy cost, these are superior to all others lights except LED's but like LED's, produce little waste heat. Best of all - can get these at most local stores!

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    Now, i've heard conflict opinions on the best way to mount.

    Some say you want the bulb vertical (tip of it facing the water) while others say on the side is just as good...

    Any opinions to support either?

    Right now I have 108W of CFL over my 55, now is that actually using 108W of electricity per hour, or is that the equivalent light to a 108W normal light?

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    I think it would really depend more on the type and quality of reflector rather than the exact position of the bulb. Both vertical and horizontal work very well with good reflectors.

    At least that has been my experience using them on two different set-ups

    A 42 watts of CFL bulb is said to be equal to a 150 watt incandescent bulb. The package you bought the bulbs in should state something like that to use a guideline for your lighting. The color temp would also be just as important as well.
    Last edited by Cliff; 06-07-2013 at 04:13 PM.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    Has anyone tried the LED Flood lights? If so, how many do you think would be best for about an 8' line of tanks... I was thinking have 4-5 of them per row of tanks. They would be like 8-10" off of the water. Looks like the 20W produce around 1500 Lumnes

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/10W-20W-30W-...item2c681a2d58

    Or would a build like this be better

    http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...nk-141021.html

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