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Old 04-15-2014, 03:09 PM   #1
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Difference between "regular" lamps and special aquarium lamps?

Lighting fixtures, gu10 halogen, light bulb, lamp, fluorescent, incandescent, metal halide from Light Bulb Depot.

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The top is a "general lighting" type lamp from a supply store my employer does a lot of business with, and the bottom is a specialty aquarium bulb. Otherwise, they should be fairly comparable. Assuming I can "go get" the top bulb for a similar price as the bottom (because I buy from this supplier through my company's account with their consent, of course), and I acquired the bottom bulb as well, what differences would I notice (directly or indirectly) if I used one vs. the other on my tank?

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I think (although not an expert) it will depend on how different the light spectrum is. Item 2 in link below in case useful.

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