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Old 11-06-2005, 07:13 AM   #11
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Lonewolfblue.. that would depend on the current reflector thats in the hood.. if its just white then the mylar could help get the light to penitrate further down into deeper water.. If its for a planted tank.. I would overdrive that puppy.. :P
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Old 11-06-2005, 01:39 PM   #12
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It's just white plastic. And not a shiny plastic either. I might try some mylar. Would silver work best, or is there a white mylar? The sites I found only have silver, gold, and other colors, and no white.
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I would assume siver would be fine.. I just asked if its white because that is common.. not because its best... brushed/marred in some way allumium seems to be the best from what Ive seen
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Thanks for your input....
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I think so. Mylar has a reflectivity of like 98% or something, which is better than the white plastic that comes with standard strip lights.
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Lonewolfblue, this would have been better as a new topic.

To answer your question. It depends.

What putting something like reflective mylar in a fixture does is it will increase the amount of light reflected back down to the tank. If your light fixture is square, this will have little effect, if it has LOTS of smaller angles or is already kind of round or even better is triangle shape. It would help a lot more.

Before you spend the money on mylar, take some tinfoil and tape it into the light fixture. If you notice it's brighter, spend the money for the more permanent mylar, if not don't waste your money.
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These links might be helpful. It's dated, but relevant.
http://www.thekrib.com/Lights/reflectors.html
http://www.thekrib.com/Lights/intensity.html#1
http://www.thekrib.com/Lights/depth.html

I think the angles of the reflector make or break it's effectiveness. So adding mylar (or anything) to your current relector may or may not be a good investment.
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