Originally Posted by Wasserpest
If you go with no CO2, I suggest to aim for about 2W/gal in fluorescents, or 1.5W/gal for power compacts with good reflectors.
I guess this statement has me a little confused. Why would fluorescents of 2W/gal be equal to that of power compacts of 1.5W/gal ??? Is it because you mentioned having good reflectors with them? Does this mean that a 30W compact puts out more watts than a 30W fluorescent?
Thank you for clarifying that for me Wasserpest.
I have so far narrowed my options to the following:
Compact lamp Retrokit from AHSupply for $65 appr
buy 2 compact 36W lamps for $15 each
sell our current fluor. light bulb probably not for much.
Lights last 14 to 24 months spending approximately $20 a year
Total $95 or a few dollars less. Total Watts= 72w
Twin tube fluorescent Strip light from Big Al's for $77 appr
comes with two bulbs- doesn't say what watts though.
sell our light strip-maybe $20?
Total $77 or $57 Total Max watts= probably 60w
Lights last 6 to 18 months. with bulbs at $10, spending approx. $20 a year
Wasserpest, If what you say is true, then it might be worth it getting the compacts, otherwise I'm probably not getting enough wattage from the twin bluorescent strip at Big Als. Right??