Lighting idea... Using HID

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does anyone tried using HID light for their aquarium.....

I'm thinking of using a car HID light system for my reef tank..

advantage i can think of using this setup would be, its cheaper around 50 dollars for two bulb (35 watts each), small ballast (compact) can be retro fitted on any light fixture easily, it's in the same family as metal halide bulb so it should emit light enough . bulbs are a lot cheaper and easily available on ebay..
 

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I'm pretty sure the problem you'd encounter there is the spectrum of light from the bulbs, rather than the intensity.
 
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the bulb run from 3000k to 1200k... would that be enough?.
 

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no, i usually aim for 6500k
 
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acutally i mean 3,000k 60 12,000k... i just check ebay now some people sell up to 30,000k
 

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oh wow.. uhm.. don't know how to reply[:
ill let someone else respond to that one. haha
 

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hid bulbs would need to be covered well ,,as salt would get on them and if you have a car when you install them you can not touch the bulb as this can make them blow pretty easy ,, I dont think this would work but would be intresting to find out ,,,
 
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I'm actually thinking of putting it in a housing.. and ill let it hang from a wall/celling.. just like those hanging MH light fixture
 
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