How much did you spend on your lighting system..... - Page 3 - The Planted Tank Forum
View Poll Results: How much did you spend on your lighting system.
$0-$20 2 1.87%
$21-$40 5 4.67%
$41-$60 9 8.41%
$61-$80 16 14.95%
$81-100 10 9.35%
$101 and up 72 67.29%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 107. You may not vote on this poll

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post #31 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-03-2006, 10:24 PM
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I built my own system with 2 Fulham Workhorses, 3 75 watt HO bulbs, 2 30 watt HO, and 4 20 watt Halide spots = 365 watts. Spent $236.15 for a 165 gal tank.....Jim
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post #32 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-04-2006, 01:08 PM
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1 AH 4 X 96 watt kit-----------------$214.
4 6700k bulbs @33 each-------------$132
2 PC fans, and transformers----------$0 (salvage)

A good looking planted tank....priceless...

put over a 125, $2.77 per gallon.

Not factoring in the hood since the Mrs. wanted "Living room furniture" quality

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post #33 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-05-2006, 12:49 PM
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110 gallon icecap 380 watt = $309
55 gallon icecap 220 watt = $217
46 gallon icecap 225 watt = $249
37 gallon icecap 150 watt = $209
29 gallon AH Supply 110 watt = $103
20 gallon Satellite 65 watt = $60
10 gallon AH Supply 36 watt = $58
10 Gallon AH Supply 36 watt = $58
5 gallon Nano 15 watt CF = $10

Looks like that totals $1273, $1.03 per gallon, $.91 per watt.

All tanks have canopies with retro kits except the Satellite, didn't include cost of canopies, hardware, or harnesses. Also didn't include shipping or tax for local stuff.
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post #34 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-07-2006, 03:59 AM
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Fixture for my 100gl $250.00 .
$80.00 2 40w T6 superlux fluorescence
$18.00 1 15w power-glo
$125.00 corlife 48'' with
1 6700k T5 and 1 colormax full spectum
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post #35 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-07-2006, 06:13 AM
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2 each 2x55 AH kits $120, 4 bulbs $72, wood and varnish to make a
new top $40, shipping $20. $252 for 50 gallons or about 5 bucks a gallon for 4.4 watts per gallon.

I have too much light though. I stager them on and off and only run the full 4.4 for about 3 hours. I bought this much light with the intent of upgrading to a 75 or 90 gallon tank. I have not done it yet though.

I also agree with what others have said. It looks like your poll dollar amounts are too low. I think the mean will be well above your top value of 100. I think 50 dollar increments from 50 to 500 or so might work better.


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post #36 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-07-2006, 01:35 PM
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$200 total for my 90G (75G footprint). Comes out to $2.22 per gallon and $0.76 per watt for 2.89 WPG.

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4X65 watt lamps
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post #37 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-07-2006, 10:05 PM
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2X55 watt AH Supply Bright kit ($98 with shipping)
1 Home Depot 48" shop light with 2 T-8 bulbs, both OD 2X (~equilvalent to 130- 140 watt normal T-8 bulbs--with 128 watts). Used two shop lights (canibalized the electronic ballast from the second one to OD the first--$7 each--total $14). $2 for primer and paint = total $16. Overall total - $114

All over a 55 gallon tank. So, $2.07/gallon,
and between 0.48 and 0.42 per watt.
And between 4.3 and 4.7 watts/gallon

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