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Old 10-04-2012, 12:11 AM   #1
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aftermarket or name brand


Does it matter if I use after market bulbs or do I need namebrand
After market bulbs are like 70% cheaper
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:16 AM   #2
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Doesn't matter. As long as you know the K rating on the bulb, that's all that matters.

Cheaper no name lighting FIXTURES, may not last as long. Just do your research before buying.
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:23 AM   #3
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I have found the opposite to be true. I buy cheap fixtures and good quality bulbs.
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:32 AM   #4
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Quality don't come cheap. You usually get what you pay for in the end. This applies for most things consumable, aquarium bulbs included.

You can't go wrong with Giesemanns or GE, along with a few other good brands. Most of this cheap bulbs made in China are garbage from my experience.
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Old 10-04-2012, 01:44 AM   #5
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Guess I got to break the old piggy bank out
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:45 AM   #6
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AH Supply...

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If you use the 27 watt or 54 watt T5HO, check out your local hydroponics store. They sell very good daylight bulbs at what we'd call cheap.
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:59 PM   #8
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unfortunatly my fixture is coralife 3x150watt metal halide and 4x96 pc bulbs so they dont come cheap
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:10 AM   #9
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Before I invest the big bucks into high end lighting fixtures or bulbs, I want to make sure I have the other basics in line. We hear lots of talk about lighting when often the problem can be solved by better ferts or CO2. Do you have some reason to believe lighting is causing you problems?
You may already have that under control but I like to mention it due to the often mistaken idea that better light will always help. There are times when more light just works to grow more algea.
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:41 AM   #10
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If you're just trying to light a tank I don't think it'll matter too much. If you're going for high light then I would look at the higher quality bulbs.
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:55 AM   #11
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Well right now I have about 1.7 watts per gallon I'm fertilizing el and pressurized co2 around 4bps growth is slow but I can't get anything to carpet so I've read I need @ least 3 watts per gallon for glosso or hc to grow
And thus here I am
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:44 AM   #12
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i dont really thing the WPG even helps if you dont have a good fixture... to be honest i have just bought some really i mean really good fixture that will help alot... let me know i have a set that i am not using i can sell if your willing to buy and pay the shipping cost...


its 4 39watts T5 VHO bulb 2 10,000k and 2 14,000k bulb... with an ice cap 660 ballast... look at how the tank color turns out to be at my other thread here.....

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=192915
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:48 AM   #13
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Well that's why I bought the coralife hopefully it will bump my plants up
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:08 AM   #14
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I have 2 Coralife fixtures they both seem to have HEAT issues even with the built in cooling fans, it doesn't seem to help.

The CL fixture will turn on for 10 minutes and then once it gets warmed up, the light shuts OFF.

Haven't had time to figure out what component in the fixture is causing the problem.
  • How often do you guys change out your light fixture bulbs?
  • Do you guys use liquid ferts in addition to root tabs?
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:28 AM   #15
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the MAIN issue of over heating would always have to be the ballast... thats what powers things up... check the ballast... add a heat sink?
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