As it's time for me to replace 2 96W 6700K CF bulbs for $68, I was thinking that for a few pennies more I could get one (or two) of these 13W 8000K LED fixture(s) for $99. They seem compelling:
- No scary DIY electric wiring around the tank
- 13W (or 26W) rather than 192W - significant power bill savings!
- Would make my wood canopy a tad lighter
- Reflector edges are contained so I would not cut myself on sharp metal edges
- The color would be more pleasing to me, as a human
- The shimmering effect would also be esthetically appealing
- Virtually no heating of the tank: there would be less temperature variation when lights are on and I wouldn't need a fan in summer (no more mid week top offs!)
- Bulbs last ~10-20X+ as long as compact fluorescents
- I wouldn't having to worry about generating hazardous waste (used mercury-containing CF bulbs) or chauffering dead bulbs to the HW accetance station at the dump.
Of course, I don't know how they'd function as a fixture for a low light 120 gallon planted tank. And of course, that's rather important.
I know what Ecoxotic thinks. What do you guys think?