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Wink Cheap lighting from Lights of America *PIC*

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Wow the light seems to really light up the tank even with it so far abov it.
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Yea, the lighting looks real good. It penetrates even more than the light for the deeper tank on the left. May be because it's new?
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can you post a pic of the box they came in. I cant find anything likt that
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What's the SKU ? I have an LOA dealership and I can't find any of the 65 watt fixtures for less than $20.00


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I have one in the garage, I used it on a reef tank until I bought some metal halides. I liked both that it was compact and it burned cool.
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$12.99 @ Costco
65W FL 6500K



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Are you serious? I have a membership and haven't even thought about checking their lights out. hummmm

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These the typical 4-pin twin tubes or a massive spiral screw-in?
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The mogul base is the only 65 watt marketed by LOA. They make a flood fixture (which I use with great success) and a down light fixture for the bulb, I believe the equivalent is offered by Cooper as well. Cooper also makes a quad tube, 26 watt 6400K flood fixture, I know Lowes carries those here.

The problem with the LOA 65 watt fixtures is that it traps heat inside. The fixture is designed to be mounted at an angle, which assumedly means better heat dissipation, when mounted in the down facing position for an aquarium, heat can be a problem for the units longevity. The ballast is solid state and the on board heatsink is is designed assuming adequate ventillation of the housing, which there isn't.


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I use to use the same kind of lighting. But both only lasted about 4-6 weeks . It would get kinda hot. I'm thinking that's the reason for the lights to go out. Maybe if you put some vents or a fan it'll last longer.
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pphx459, you have good eyes. The light under the table is 5months older.

mshaeffer, I threw away the box. But I think you could see them on the website.

Rolo, It's a massive screw-in PC

glass-gardens.com, You're right. I had to mod the lights a bit (like disabling the light sensor, and drilling a couple of holes)
However, they're not that hot for a fully enclosed light (designed for the outdoor).

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The problem with the LOA 65 watt fixtures is that it traps heat inside. The fixture is designed to be mounted at an angle, which assumedly means better heat dissipation, when mounted in the down facing position for an aquarium, heat can be a problem for the units longevity. The ballast is solid state and the on board heatsink is is designed assuming adequate ventillation of the housing, which there isn't.

The problem doesn't lie in the angle it's mounted at, the problem lies in the fact that they are designed and constructed to be used OUTSIDE where ballast temps aren't going to go crazy, as they will if you use the unit inside. It helps to drill quite a few holes into the top of the housing to allow heat to escape the ballast area. If you do this, hopefully you'll get a good year or so out of the unit. However, if the ballast is exposed to too much heat, it's going to burn out really prematurely.

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bigpow more info on the light set up please...
you got them from costco?
I checked out their website and this is the only thing i found..
http://www.lightsofamerica.com/floods.htm
http://www.energyfederation.org/loa/...25_173_727_481


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Marc,

It looks like that one: http://www.lightsofamerica.com/floods.htm

It was on sale (don't know if it was discontinued?)
I thought they were open items because I managed to buy another one a few months after I bought the 1st one.

Then again, maybe this is a YMMV deal
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500watts!?!?!?!?!?! no wonder you saw a huge change in one hour

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