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Thread: Lighting for 55g
02-01-2009, 09:01 AM #1
Lighting for 55g
Well initially my 55g tank, had a 40watt single 48" strip light on it.
Just recently I ended up getting a shop light with 2 32 watt t8 fluorescents giving me 64 watts. Had hoped to get 2 shop lights on top of the tank, but the lights are too wide to fit, since I have to leave room for the filters as well. Think I will be returning the shop light, it's just not giving enough light.
I had hoped to avoid paying a lot of money for lighting fixture, but it looks like I may have to. I could use some help in picking a fixture, anyone got any links to fixtures, or recommendations, I'd like to get around 100 watts, and keep the cost under $100.
02-01-2009, 04:11 PM #2
0Originally Posted by korith
1. This Guy says he won't have any more until March 2009 (I emailed him).
2. You could go ODNO and spend 30 bucks on a 4F32T8 electronic ballast at Lowes or Home Despot and rewire your shoplight to run 2, 2x ODNO T8 bulbs. I did this for a while and the heat output at 2x ODNO isn't too bad. I subsequently found another 2F32T8 ballast and rewired that shoplight to be 1, 4x ODNO and 1, 2X ODNO bulb...I have that hanging in my basement over a grow-out tank, and I also start seeds for my garden with it.
3. Go with a Current Nova Extreme Fixture for ~$113 + shipping...Check It.
02-01-2009, 07:11 PM #3
0Originally Posted by Commodore 64
It seems a diy fixture is cheaper, but then you have to consider the right type of deflectors, and then figure out a way to mount it, and to make it look decent. A ready made fixture is probably the easier route, though more costly.