Thread: Power compact lighting
01-23-2009, 04:32 PM #1
01-23-2009, 04:50 PM #2
As I freely admit...I'm light-challenged.
But when I started off with the SW tank, I did my research, and came to the conclusion that T5s were the way to go.
A bunch of 'experts' said "No!" that either MH or PC were the way to go and T5s sucked!
LOL...within 2 years, T5s are proving to be the best bet for most tanks.55 g Goldfish Tank - 5 Fancies, 2 Dojos
25 g Tropical Tank - Celestial Pearl Danio/Mixed
01-23-2009, 04:52 PM #3Originally Posted by Rue
01-23-2009, 06:22 PM #4
theyre slowly fading out. theyre not the most energy effecient and the PAR isnt the best.
T-5's, halides, and LED's are the new thing now. power compacts are cheap though and you can get them for a good price on ebay
01-23-2009, 06:39 PM #5
01-23-2009, 06:46 PM #6
01-23-2009, 06:52 PM #7
01-23-2009, 06:57 PM #8Originally Posted by cocoa_pleco
yeah, the housing is even "power coated ".....
01-23-2009, 06:58 PM #9
only thing is: after buying two new bulbs, and paying shipping its $80 for that used
but i can get a 96watt power compact with the right bulb for 90 with shipping from big als new. So im wondering, is 78watts of t5 better than 96watts of compact? why/why not?
01-23-2009, 07:00 PM #10
T5 is better. it runs cooler, more efficent, and better PAR value. better resale value too, power compacts arent very popular anymore. most stores here have them in the sale bin or dont sell them anymore, the reef store by me has the odd old 1-2 PC fixtures kicking around but otherwise its halides, T5's, and LED's