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Old 11-17-2011, 12:49 AM   #1
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Noob.. Lighting monthly cost

Have a cheesy home depot light fixture and bulbs right now with a fowlr setup. I want corals but I do NOT want to pay $100 per month for power. I would like some advice. I have a 90 gallon tank with 20 gallon sump and honestly would rather pay a bit more upfront and pay less per month in case I loose a job or something. I would rather keep the monthly cost of this tank to a minimum if it is worth it. But I don't know what lights to choose. Or even if I want to do reef if the costs are too much monthly.. Any suggestions?
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:52 AM   #2
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I think a 6 bulb T5 fixture would suit your needs just fine. they also won't be as much as led's which would cost almost nothing to run. I have t5's on 4 tanks, one is a 12 bulb fixture and I havent noticed any marked rise in my electric bill.
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I think a 6 bulb T5 fixture would suit your needs just fine. they also won't be as much as led's which would cost almost nothing to run. I have t5's on 4 tanks, one is a 12 bulb fixture and I havent noticed any marked rise in my electric bill.
Others say LEDs are like 60% cheaper.. I have heard some t5 setups costing as much as $100/month to run 12 hours a day. So at $100 per month vs $40 per month, LEDs don't seem so expensive..
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I run my lights 12 hours a day on with the 12 bulb fixture. I can guarantee you that the lights arent going to run $100. My whole electric bill was only $130 last month and thats with air conditioning included.

Led's are a better option as far as energy consumption hands down, but finding the right ones and spending an obscene amount of money upfront just doesn't seem practical to me.
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I run my lights 12 hours a day on with the 12 bulb fixture. I can guarantee you that the lights arent going to run $100. My whole electric bill was only $130 last month and thats with air conditioning included.

Led's are a better option as far as energy consumption hands down, but finding the right ones and spending an obscene amount of money upfront just doesn't seem practical to me.
How much does your power company charge you per kwh? THAT is the telling part.. Can you find that out? Cause every location is different.
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I think a 6 bulb T5 fixture would suit your needs just fine. they also won't be as much as led's which would cost almost nothing to run. I have t5's on 4 tanks, one is a 12 bulb fixture and I havent noticed any marked rise in my electric bill.
Quick question, sorry..
How often do you have to change the bulbs on those fixtures? Each year?
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I'm paying .038 for the first 1000 kwh and then .048 for the amount over. I used 1171 kwh this month. I just happened to get the electric bill today so its right here.

The non fuel amount is <1000 .049140 cents greater than 1000kwh .059140 cents. Came to a total of 111.37 for the elctirci part of the bill. The rest is taxes and surcharges. lol
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Oh, and yep, its adviseable to change every year. alot depends on the bulbs quality and the time used.
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Oh, and yep, its adviseable to change every year. alot depends on the bulbs quality and the time used.
Thank you!

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Here's another question.. How do you convert watts in the fixture to monthly kwh's? I think if we can figure out the calculation equation then we can accurately compare costs per month. The we can actually make a calculator where you enter watts and time on and price per kwh to come up with accurate cost per month... I'd even be willing to create a web page that will do the math for us.. I just need the equation.
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