650 WATT lights?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Bflynn, 14 Aug 2013.

  1. Bflynn

    Bflynn

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    I have a theatre spot light, and was wondering if I could use it on my tank?

    Light specs:

    Wattage 650W
    Voltage 220V
    Finish Clear
    Lumen Output 16200
    Tank is 600 deep, 120L

    Thanks!!
     
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  3. Bflynn

    Bflynn Thread Starter

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    Was just thinking.........This light is so bright it might be to strong for DT promoting algae growth. Would it be better to use it over my macro algae refugium? The refugium is strictly for Algae and skimmer, nothing else.
     
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    That's about 5x the power you actually need.
    The amount you going to pay eskom will soon equate to enough to buy you a proper mh or T5 unit for your aquarium.
     
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    Check on GT, i have a 150W MH with T5's im selling. Maybe still too much though
     
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    what is the heat emitted by that light. Too close to the tank and you will overheat it. And if not Metal Halide tube, do not use it. Reason why we do not use streetlamps.
     
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    many of these 'theatre lights' are actually tungsten halide n not mh. it obviously has a punch of note but the colour temp may be as low as 3'600...
     
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    Thanks Andre! I do have t5,s at the moment, I will add another one or two to my three later.

    RiaanP. It gets very very hot quickly. I was thinking of installing it about a 1m above the refugium. I thought you guys didnt use street lamps because of the massive pole!!

    Ok! I get that. Thanks!

    On another note. Anybody using leds and solar panels?
     
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    Yes I have been using both leds and solar panels..This combination will save you good amount of money on electricity bills..
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    hey would you be able to show us how you did your light set up.
     
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