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Old 10-08-2010, 02:05 AM   #11
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"Natural-looking" is totally subjective. What might be natural to me might not be natural to you. Best bet is to change the color temperature of the tube you're currently using. The higher the number, the bluer the light. As Jeremy mentioned, a 6500K bulb will have a more yellow look versus a 10000k bulb... which I'm guessing you have now.
I realize natural looking is subjective; but for the most part, I believe I was describing the characteristics of an incandescent bulb, as I don't really see how anyone couldn't agree on the fact that fluorescent isn't really "natural looking."

That said, I believe you and Jeremy are getting closer to what I'm looking for -- that is, a more "yellowish" look to the light rather than the steely cold bluish tinge my Aqueon light strip gives now. I just want the tank to be a bit more relaxing to look at visually -- the fluorescent bulb just makes this tank so hospital-like in its cold expression...if that makes sense.
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Old 10-08-2010, 02:09 AM   #12
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personally i very much like the look of fluorescents i think they look much more natural than incandescents.
okay so which temperature bulb do you have right now? and is it a t8, and what length/wattage?
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Old 10-08-2010, 03:51 AM   #13
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It's simple. The KELVIN rating is the measure of red to blue light. Flourescent bulbs come in ALL differnet "K" ratings. The lower the K rating, like 6500k, the more yellow the light. The Higher the rating the bluer the light. Check the k rating on your current bulb. It's probably 10k or higher. Go to home depot and get a 6500k bulb. Problem solved.
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Lets keep this civil folks.
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Try a 5000k tube, which is close to natural sunshine, more so than the 6500K tubes. Incandescents give a very yellow light of around 3000K which I can't imagine anyone liking, as it is not at all natural. There are tubes in the 3000k range, and all are available at Home Depot and similar stores. The closest to incandescent is probably Warm White. Also there is nothing yellow about a 6500K tube, nor is 6500K a low K value.The most commonly used lights in commercial and residential lighting are all under 5000K. Sunlight at noon at the equator measures about 5500K, not the 6500K of the so called Daylight tubes. They are closer to early morning or late afternoon sun.
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Old 10-09-2010, 01:10 AM   #16
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personally i very much like the look of fluorescents i think they look much more natural than incandescents.
To my eye and in our tank, this lighting gives a cold, bluish sterile look to the aquarium bioscape that's simply not relaxing to view.

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okay so which temperature bulb do you have right now? and is it a t8, and what length/wattage?
I have one of these, not sure of the model:

Aqueon Ľ Products Ľ Single Tube Fluorescent Strip-Lights
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Try a 5000k tube, which is close to natural sunshine, more so than the 6500K tubes. Incandescents give a very yellow light of around 3000K which I can't imagine anyone liking, as it is not at all natural. There are tubes in the 3000k range, and all are available at Home Depot and similar stores. The closest to incandescent is probably Warm White. Also there is nothing yellow about a 6500K tube, nor is 6500K a low K value.The most commonly used lights in commercial and residential lighting are all under 5000K. Sunlight at noon at the equator measures about 5500K, not the 6500K of the so called Daylight tubes. They are closer to early morning or late afternoon sun.
Thanks Bill.

Do you have a link to any specific manufacturer that I could try -- in terms of aquarium lighting? Do you have any images -- or can you lead me to any members' pictures in this forum -- that depict these kinds of lights you describe above in action over an actual tank?
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Well here is my tank lit by two 32 watt 4 foot 6500k
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Well here is my tank lit by two 32 watt 4 foot 6500k
Thanks J.

This comes across a bit yellow to me on my side; is that how it looks in your room?
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Towards the top it looks bluish but mostly just brings out the colors. Here's a different pic
Dint be fooled by the glare off everything it's not quite that bright my camera just does handle it well I guess cause it's my phone. Haha but you can see the blue when it's just water and black background. But now that my plants are filling in you can't really tell.
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