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Old 09-02-2002, 03:42 PM   #1
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Hi.
I went to the store to by a light set up for my canopy. This is what it says on the box...is it good? (I'm new to lighting systems) *oh and the company who makes it is riopumps and it's called a Realux Profesional Lighting Systems..

Retrofit Kit :22''
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For 2x40 watts or 55 watts PL light Bulbs

Whats PLS? Is it some classification of a type of bulb?

All I know is I spent $150 on it and they told me that I could practicly plant anything with this lighting system...

It takes U-bulbs...

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Old 09-02-2002, 03:59 PM   #2
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I'm not sure what PLS stands for. If you can use the 55 watt compact flourescent bulbs , go with those. They put out twice the lux as a standard flourescent tube. The 40 watt u-tube is just a standard 40 watt standard tube that you would find in a 4' shop light except its bent to fit into a shorter area. The 55 watt tube uses more efficient phosphours to produce more light per watt than a standard tube. They also produce less heat. I think the kit you bought is of good quality. The only down side to the 55 watt tubes is that they're more expensive than standard tubes but they last twice as long.
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Old 09-02-2002, 04:06 PM   #3
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Also, I'm a little worried about the little tiny screws that screw in the reflector into the canopy...sturdy?

also..the end caps have screws but the hardly screw into the canopy....

oohhh i was having fishy nightmeres last night....have you seen the same thing?

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Old 09-02-2002, 04:31 PM   #4
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The reflector is probably made of a thin reflectiv aluminum. The screws don't need to be any longer than 1/2". As far as the end caps go, the light bulb is what actually holds them in place. There's also probably some bulb clips which screw thru the reflector and into the canopy, thats what actually holds the bulbs in place. If you feel the screws are in sufficient you can always hop in the car and get some longer ones at Home Depot or your local hardware store.
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Old 09-02-2002, 05:04 PM   #5
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Ya..it'l hold. Hey, are these lights really bright? Could I grow java fern or is that to needy for low light?

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Well that all depends on how big your tank is and how many watts of light you will have. 2 watts of light per gallon of water should be sufficient to grow just about anything provided you don't have a really deep tank. If, for example you have a 30 gallon tank and 60 watts of light you would have sufficient light. 3 watts per gallon would be better though. let me know how you make out..
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Old 09-02-2002, 11:13 PM   #7
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ya, my tanks a 29 gallon. so i guess that works huh?

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