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Old 10-11-2008, 02:57 PM   #1
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Dumb question :-D

I havent done a whole lot of research on lighting at this moment since I have a FOWLR ( and plan to for a while yet).. but when I was out shopping this weekend an idea hit me and I thought I just have to ask. I'm sure its a dumb question.. LOL

Why dont people use the 500 + watt spot lights ( at hardware stores etc - that are usually about 10-12" accross, with clip, portable) for tanks? Wrong kind of lighting? They were only about $10..

I know it probably sounds rediculous, but I was curious
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Old 10-11-2008, 04:03 PM   #2
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Its all about light distribution, penetration, kelvin ratings, there is 10k 12k 14k 20k all of which produce different colors of light and different intensity's Just a basic spotlight would not effectively give Corals the photosynthetic absortion they desire. I am just talking out of my *** but is sounds good LOL
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Besides the excessive heat given off not to mention to-the-touch, the coloration is just aesthetically fugly (spectrum is different for halogens) so you won't have many options to alleviate that; however, they do sell halide fixtures that you may be able to match up with aquarium ballast/bulbs.
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I think they would give off too much yellow light causing big algae problems, just a guess
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I think Phosphates would be sky high!!!! no fun
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Figured as much ( I knew no one used them for a reason, but the thought just came accross my mind) Just had to ask! hah thanks :P
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