I think it depends on the type of lighting you want. If you are only looking for "low" light then I'm sure a single 4' T12/LED will work. But if you want to grow more demanding plants you'll probably need more than just a single bulb.
People run them. Current "industry is designing them to replace t8/5's so light equiv. is one of the goals obviously. Nobody wants more expensive dimmer lights.I've seen bulbs that fit in pre-existing fluorescent fixtures like CFl and incandescent. Although I haven't seen anyone talking about these.
Has anyone tried these, or heard anything about it and could point me in the right direction?
I have a 55gal that was originally my moms roommate's tank, which my dad aquired before my time, which I am 27yrs, and now been in my possession for last couple years.
I would like to keep the pre-existing hood, which houses a 4ft t12.
I've seen people gutting it, and replacing the internals with LEDs. Then there's also t5 conversion kits, which also replaces the guts.
The led bulb is much more simple route, and efficient. Will do the latter if have to, but would love to hear everyone's opinion even if it is scrapping the old hood.
Pretty sure it wil be more light than your t12 tube..Direct wire installation replaces F40T12 tubes
6500k is fairly easy to find. higher not so muchI have also seen the LED's (tubes) that fit existing T8 fixtures , but the 3200 K to 4000 K spectrum for many of them makes for yellowish/orange appearance that does not appeal to my old eye's.
Would be keen to find them in 6000K to 8000K and maybe they are already available?
Has been some time since I looked for/at them.