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Old 02-24-2005, 06:54 PM   #1
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lighting from home depot

i was at hd today and found these 300 watt spotlights that use a hqi bulb. Can i buy new bulbs that are the right color and use it in that spotlight
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Are you sure they aren't Halogen bulbs? The halogen bulbs resemble a MH HQI bulb. Halogens aren't much good for aquariums.
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I always wondered that. Why aren't halogens good for aquariums? Wrong spectrum?
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Old 02-24-2005, 11:21 PM   #4
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Yes. You might be able to use them for a FW planted tank, but there are better options.
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Old 02-24-2005, 11:31 PM   #5
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you can buy power compact bulbs at home depot. ive made a pc lighting fixture from parts from homedepot for cheep. im trying to make a metal hylide from homedepot parts. tell me how it goes.
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i looked at the homedepot cataloge, and it looks like they sell a 100w metel hilide bulb for $36.87 they also sell several metal hilide flood lights.
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I think those bulbs are still too warm spectrally -- somewhere around 6k

They would probably create ripe conditions for algae blooms .
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yah. the bublbs didn't look like theyd be good for anything but flood lights
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never answered the question can i buy a 150watt 10000k hqi bulb and put it in that flood light
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I am no expert on MH I dont even have any at this time. My opinion would be if you have the proper ballast and the socket is correct it will work. It would likely be a large setup for minimal light. Most tank MH are positioned parallel to the tank to provide optimum light. these flood light setups would be giving reflected light not the direct light that is best. Once again this is JMO
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