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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%
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Old 04-02-2006, 04:08 PM   #1
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How much did you spend on your lighting system.....


You know the question.

Also if you care to post how much per gallon you spent on the lighting.

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Old 04-02-2006, 04:19 PM   #2
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I bought a 36" 96w coralife fixture for around $82.00 shipped. So over a 46g bowfront tank it costs around $1.79 per gallon. It could have been cheaper but I was more into buying it now that build one.
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Old 04-02-2006, 04:20 PM   #3
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2 regular fluorescence units from home depot + the materials to make a ghetto open hood = about 1.75/gallon or just over 2.00 after I over drove one of the units. I estimated a total of about 200 watts after overdriving one, for just under 4 watts per gallon.
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Old 04-02-2006, 04:20 PM   #4
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£4 per gallon for me
£80 for a 20gal tank
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Old 04-02-2006, 04:21 PM   #5
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Two Coralife T-5 dual-tube fixtures -- total watts = 72 over 29 gallons.
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Old 04-02-2006, 04:29 PM   #6
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Well, a 4x55 AHS bright kit at $125 and guesstimating about $75 on building the hood (oak molding and oak ply, stain, glue, etc.,) about another $75 on the bulbs (taking shipping into account — 4 GE 9325Ks at about $15 apiece) makes it around $275 and an even $5.00 per gallon.

One of the main things keeping me away from looking into reefkeeping (which I find ingriguing) more is that I don't want to drop another $1000 on lighting!
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Old 04-02-2006, 04:43 PM   #7
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If you care to count me in...I've gotten insane deal by western standards...

-Tank #1 : 2.3W/gal (610W over 260 gal)
3 x 150W shop metal halide = @ $ 40 ----> $ 120
4 x 40W T12 jebo fixture = @ $ 35 ------> $ 70
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$ 190

-Tank #2 : 2.2W/gal (570W over 260 gal)
3 x 150W shop metal halide = @42 -----> $ 126
4 x 30W T5 dymax fixture = @ 50 ------> $ 50
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$ 176
(can be 3.5 - 7W+/gal when I let the screen up and sunlight hits... pearling craze)


-Tank #3 : 3.6W/gal (90W over 25 gal)
2 x 20W resun fixture = @20 ----------> $ 40
2 x 25W mitsutec fixture = @30 -------> $ 30
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$ 70
(its bery expensive yet not that effective, so off better to DIY using PC)

-Tank #4 : n/a
Free sunlight.
Undependable and unreliable for high light tank -----> $ 0
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Old 04-02-2006, 04:48 PM   #8
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I got a great deal on ebay for an old, used Hamilton 2x55 watt retrofit kit. $70, now it's over a 29 gallon tank . . . . I paid $2.41/gallon to get 3.8 wpg.
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ha. I think you need options "200-300" and "400+." It is an expensive game if you want it.
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Old 04-02-2006, 04:59 PM   #10
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lets see...

two coralife t5's @ 51 bucks - 102 bucks, divide by 55 = 1.85 per gallon

one coralife t5 @ 30 bucks, a free strip light - 30, divide by 20 = 1.50 per gallon.
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Old 04-02-2006, 06:05 PM   #11
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Rex- are we counting the first batch of bulbs as part of the expense as well, or just the fixtures themselves?
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Old 04-02-2006, 06:42 PM   #12
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Total lighting cost.
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Old 04-02-2006, 06:54 PM   #13
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Ok, then.....4 X 96 kit from AH Supply, with 4 bulbs= 346.95 divided by 135 gallons. So 2.57 a gallon to achieve 2.84 wpg.
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Old 04-02-2006, 06:59 PM   #14
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76w Odyysea $54 shipped, 2 new bulbs $20 = $80
72w JBJ used $40, 2 new bulbs $32 = $72

$154 over a 30g = $5.07 per gallon

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15w Spiral CF $6
2.5g nano = $2.4 per gallon
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40w shop lights retrofit custom built canopy $70 over a 38g

$1.84 per gallon
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I put t8's over my 75. Two ballasts for $60. Reflector for $45. Bulbs and sockets for $20. $1.73 per gallon or so. I am not sure of the wattage. Replacement cost for the bulbs $12!
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