Yeah, i see what you mean Ziggy. I would have gone with LED
's as well since they're really awesome, but putting something together for my tank would have definitely costed me +$200 and i don't have that kind of money right now. This MH
came with everything, ballast, UV
lens, hanging kit, pendant and bulb all for $140.. and it was a quality pendant.. so i just couldn't pass it up. Ya know? However, when i get the chance, the next time i need to change the bulb out i'm definitely going to get a really nice one.. maybe something like an Ushio or Pheonix. I'm also thinking that when i get a job i could get a few LED
's and integrate them with the pendant i have now.. to use as actinic supplementation. And i'm sure i could do it, since those 460nm Cree LED
's are out there. Just need to get a heatsink and a power supply. I'm good with soldering and wiring.. so putting it together won't be a problem at all. I just need to get the materials first haha.
ryshark, i'm sure the bulb your talking about is nice and all, but the bulb these people were going to give me was going to be really blue. The bulbs they supply aren't top of the line, but they aren't garbage either, so i had to go with the 14k.