ok...this lighting issue is still driving me crazy. I keep getting conflicting info from the vendors when I call and ask questions.
Today I was told that AB is discontinuing the making of their 110 volt product line and will stick to the European market. Also, that all manufacturers were going to be moving away from HQI bulbs. Yet, I am reading that the HQI gives you twice the lumens of a normal MH
bulb in the same wattage. I also read that HQI is cheaper and cooler to run.
Then I talked to the guy at Aquadirect that said the only advantage of HQI over MH
is about 3% improvement in lighting. The overall output is twice as much as a MH
, but the surface area of an HQI bulb is less than half of a MH
, and so it evens out.
argh...I was hoping to have a lighting system bought by now...but I just keep confusing myself. Can anyone relate any real experience with this?