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Old 06-19-2009, 02:49 PM   #1
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Can I use this bulb in my refugium?

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My refugium lights (3) need to be replaced and I cannot find the replacements even at my LFS without waiting a week or two to be ordered. I saw this at the Home Depot and I wonder if this can be used instead (and much cheaper too). I wonder if refugium lights require special spectrum to be effective. Thanks! DP
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Old 06-19-2009, 02:58 PM   #2
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Welcome to th site...If it fits your lamp fixture you can give it a try. I use something similar to that in my sump for my Cheato algae. Look for the highest Kelvin value you can find. Home Depot in my area is starting to bring in T-5 bulbs and fixtures so keep your eyes out for these too.
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Oops, just for the record..If everyone one of us SW reefer would ask HomeDepot why they don't carry T-5 fixtures and higher Kelvin bulbs they would more then likely start to bring them in. Supply and Demand......We have the power to do this..
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Oops, just for the record..If everyone one of us SW reefer would ask HomeDepot why they don't carry T-5 fixtures and higher Kelvin bulbs they would more then likely start to bring them in. Supply and Demand......We have the power to do this..
Yup. That will work wonders as I am paying 25 bucks a pop for a 34" T5 bulb and I have 8 of them! Too bad I don't have anymore of my AIG bonus money to buy! DP
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Oops, just for the record..If everyone one of us SW reefer would ask HomeDepot why they don't carry T-5 fixtures and higher Kelvin bulbs they would more then likely start to bring them in. Supply and Demand......We have the power to do this..
Great point thin! Thinking about that a little further... everytime I get a receipt from HD I have a survey listed. I think next time, I'll take the few minutes and do the survey and then make the suggestion that they carry T5s when asked "what can we do to improve?" or whatever. Corporate greed can be our friend.
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I do that too. They started to bring t-5's bulbs in but at a lower K value, so I had a talk with the person in charge of lighting. I will have to wait and see what happens.
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Old 06-22-2009, 09:47 AM   #7
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Hello,

I went to the local hardware stores and they only have the 4100K as the highest rating. I also checked in the reptile section at LFS and they only have them at 9 watts. I wonder if 4100K will work though as I was told that you need minimum of 5000K in the refugium. These things are darn hard to find so I may have to look at places that sell green house plants or place order online. DP
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My refuge light is 15w and is 6500k and I got it from my local wal-mart pet section. The flurescent wattage on compacts is low but the output is much higher. check there.
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My refuge light is 15w and is 6500k and I got it from my local wal-mart pet section. The flurescent wattage on compacts is low but the output is much higher. check there.
Wow. I should check that but I don't ever recall ever seeing it at Walmart. Thanks a bunch! DP
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you have to keep your eye out at walmarts alot of them did away with the fish department "probably hard to find a walmart employee thats good at cleaning tanks" no offense to any walmart employees. But yea i found a 15 watt like that, it fits my 10 gallon hood so im thinking of making my 10 gal my sump still not sure though. keep looking i spent like 2 hours at home depot and lowes yesterday trying to find a cheap way to light my salt water for corals, and to be honest it looks like im going to have to buy a expensive hood or get a retro kit
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