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Old 09-14-2008, 04:17 PM   #1
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Where to get the cheapest Light bulbs

I have had my compact flourescent coralife 96w bulbs (actinic) (10k) for my 36" Coralife lunar aqualight for almost a year now its about time a change out the bulbs before I add any new corals. The cheapest I could find is Big Als for about 46dollars per bulb not including the shipping grand total about $100 for 2 light bulbs. I keep putting it off because I could upgrade to a better fixture for $450 or so. But I think I will wait another 8months or so before the new fixture. So I need bulbs does anybody know of some secret bulb factory that sells them a bit cheaper.
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Old 09-14-2008, 04:33 PM   #2
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Try hellolights.com. That's where I buy mine. They often have them on sale if you keep an eye out and you can get them for ten bucks a piece.
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Compact Fluorescent Lamps - Daylight - 96 watt Daylight

Thanks Fluff The coralife one is like 15 bucks more would the other option on the link above do the job just the same??

Also I usually buy 1 actinic bulb and 1 10k bulb would it really make a difference if I bought the 50/50 bulbs what is the advantage or disadvantage to this.
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Old 09-14-2008, 04:42 PM   #4
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As long as the pin shape is the same, I see no reason why it wouldn't work just fine. I really dont' know if it would make a difference with the 50/50 bulbs or not as I have no experience with them. I always buy them seperate. Sorry I can't help with that.
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Old 09-21-2008, 02:45 PM   #5
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36" T5 4 Bulb Fixture with LED Moonlights- Coralvue - SD-CVT5FIX43 I was looking at this fixture 2 of the CF bulbs for my current fixture are like 90 bucks this T5 fixture is 189 with 4 T5 bulbs it would only be 156watts T5 lighting verses 196W compact flourescent But the T5 bulbs are much cheaper like 15 dollars verses 50 so I could replace more often. Would the lighting amount be similar for my coral consumption. Better or worse??
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Old 09-21-2008, 02:57 PM   #6
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I've gotten bulbs from Hellolights and North Coast Marines. Both have good prices and I've had no quality issues, and I have 50:50 bulbs on my tank now.
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Having less watts of the T5HO than PC is perfectly fine. The T5HO is much more efficient light. Especially at only a 36watt difference.. so my vote is for better.
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Having less watts of the T5HO than PC is perfectly fine. The T5HO is much more efficient light. Especially at only a 36watt difference.. so my vote is for better.
would the vote be good enough for SPS in a 46g or is that pushing it
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I would think that 3.4 wpg of T5HO lighting would be fine to keep most SPS. Especially if you keep them in the upper part of the tank close to the lights.
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