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Old 10-03-2002, 01:40 PM   #1
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48 inch retrofit

i would like to build a hood with metal halide and actnic power compact. Does anyone know places that sell lighting cheaper than, hellolights.com, aquaticlight.com or northcoastmarines.com. Any sites i could look at are appreciated.

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Hellolights is pretty cheap. I don't think you will be able to do better than that. I suggest 175W MH (2 of 'em). You can go with 250W if you want. Instead of PC actinic, I suggest 2 NO actinic. Lots cheaper and they complement the MH very well. I assume you are adding actinic because you are going with "lower" Kelvin rated bulbs. Hellolights has a cheapo 10,000K 175W bulb for $49 that they say is whiter (read bluer) than Ushio's 6700K. However, I run 2 5500K Hamiltons with 2 NO actinic with excellent results. The only reason I mention hellolights 10,000K is because it's about the same price for Hamilton 5500K.

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