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Old 02-18-2005, 11:53 AM   #1
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lighting question

What is the difference between incandescent and flourescent lighting for my planted aquariums? I was an idiot and bought a bright kit (to convert my less powerful flourescent to an incandescent) on impulse without ever really knowing what the difference between the lights were (besides the difference in wattage availability).
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Old 02-18-2005, 01:05 PM   #2
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Forget it! I truly am an idiot, I bought a compact flourescent and am feeling much better now that I know what I bought. I really should get rid of the credit card though...
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Just to provide a little insight...
In terms of lighting output, incandescent is the worst...fluorescent is mid-level, and power compacts are the most efficient (on par with VHO fluorescents). Metal halide is a little less efficient than fluorescents, but due to their massive output related to size, they are quite usable, though more common in reef tanks than freshwater.
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