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Im wondering if anyone has used bi-pin CFL in their fluorescent hood? I found these bulbs that I've never seen and I'm wondering if they're usuable. They have a pins like a fluorescent tube but the pins look to be alittle wider.
 

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The watts of the fixutre and wstt if bulb similar? Any pictures?
 
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There is one for a bulb adapter and one that is a bulb by itself. Just wondering if it could fit?
 

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I don't like those lights at all and I wouldn't put one over a fish tank.

That adapter appears to allow you to put a compact fluorescent in a lamp base similar to my PAR10 track lights.

You're trying to put it in a fluorescent fixture which has circuitry this lamp does not need. You can hook those two buttons to a 110-volt cord and it will run.

But they make a lot of heat and unless you're trying to heat the top surface of your tank and cook all that protein and bacteria and algae into a scummy soup, I would avoid the CFL completely.

What makes these lamps more awful is that they are only designed to work with the glass pointing up and the metal pointing down, in a well-ventilated enclosure.

Anything else and they eventually overheat. The average CFLs used have a short life span.

They get hot enough that you would crack the glass should have a hot one get wet. They're full of poison.

I was so happy when they started making LED bulbs inexpensively in this size.

Some, however have that same problem about which way they must point to avoid overheating so beware.

But because they produce so much less heat the whole problem is also relieved greatly across the board.
 
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Thanks on the information. That's a crisis that is best avoided. I was just trying to look for a more affordable way to update my lighting if it's needed but what I have currently will do.
 

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I made some very effective aquarium lighting from some bare 12 volt LEDs and I ran them off the 12 volt transformer from an old Hewlett-Packard printer.

A few scraps of wire and a little solder and $10 later I had a pretty interesting aquarium lamp.

But that was before the price of the stuff started coming down. Unless you really know what you're doing it is not worth your while to mess with the stuff now.
 
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