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I'm looking around on ebay for a clamp light for a 5 gallon tank I wanna setup. A lot of the LED lights are 10k LED or a mix of 12k and 8k lights. Are these okay for freshwater plants? Also they are around 11 inches long and the tank I'm looking at is 16 inches. I wouldn't be able to run co2 or excel (going to be a shrimp tank) Would this be too much light some say they have 24-33 LEDS. Here is a pic of it I can't link the ebay link but If you search LED Clamp light I'm sure it can be found. There is a couple other ones if anyone could give me a suggestion that would be great.

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Just use spiral cfls.


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I have found that spiral cfl's are the way to go. They are probably the best bang for your buck.
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This only cost 18-24 dollars with free shipping not that much, I want it to look good as well. Is there a clamp on style CFL lamp?
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This only cost 18-24 dollars with free shipping not that much, I want it to look good as well. Is there a clamp on style CFL lamp?
Yes, you can get it at almost any hardware store for less than $10 altogether.


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Are you talking about something like this?
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Are you talking about something like this?
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home depot/lowes sells 6500k spirals 45w, just bought 2 6.56 cents each, and they also had those same clip ons for 5 bucks a pop, not bad a whole light setup for 25 bucks, throw in an outlet doubler and a 6 dollar timer and its a high tech light.

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This is the best photo I can find... but this two clamp lights from target with spiral cfls. Had to rig up a wooden frame behind the tank to clamp it too, but it was well worth it.

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This is the best photo I can find... but this two clamp lights from target with spiral cfls. Had to rig up a wooden frame behind the tank to clamp it too, but it was well worth it.

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Ha! I just got the same light. Bought a cfl from HD that is 15W, 5,000k and 800 lumens. This should be good for a 5.5 or 2.5 gallon (not sure which one yet).
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please read this thread for cfl clamp lighting options. it offers valuable lighting information for what you're asking for. post #23 at PAR Data-Spiral Power Saver Bulbs, lighting question

also, see my new tank journal in my signature. i used the work lights as my main source of light and am very please with it.
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