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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2005 7:30 pm Post subject: PLL Lights for Planted Tank Reply with quote

 Hi!  All,
   
 Am  planning  to  change  my  Aquarium  lights  from  CFL  to  Philips  PLL  lights.  The  options  available  are  as  follows:-
   
 
               Desription                                      Wattage                  CCT              CRI            Lumens  
 1  Incandescent  White                              36                        2700                82                2900  
 2  Cool  White                                                        36                      4000                  82              2900  
 3  Warm  White                                                    55                      3000                  82              4800  
 
   
 I  am  planning  to  mix  1  Cool  White  &  1  Warm  White  (if  possible  55  watts  or  else  36watts).  What's  your  take  on  this?
   
 Looking  forward  to  your  reply.
   
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 Best  would  be  Cool  White...I've  had  good  results...
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 Whats  PLL?
 
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Whats  PLL?
 
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 This    should  help
 
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 Nag,
 
 What  about  natural  Day  light?  The  Philips  PLL  of  55  watts  have  a  CCT  of  5300  &  a  CRI  of  91.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 8:54 pm Post subject: Re: PLL Lights for Planted Tank Reply with quote

 Hi  Saugata,
 
 
                                                 
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Am  planning  to  change  my  Aquarium  lights  from  CFL  to  Philips  PLL  lights.                

 
 What  for  ?  My  friend  Punit,  who  imports  &  distributes  PLLs  &  CFLs,  has  this  to  say:
 
 
                                                 
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CFL  -  as  in  Compact  Flouroscent  Lamp  -  means  complete  lamp  with  tube  with  flouroscent  powder  +  electronic  ballast  /  choke  in  built  +  base  (ready  to  fit)  to  ordinary  household  holders.  B-22  in  most  case  in  India  except  imported  light  fixtures  which  may  have  a  E-27  (screw  base  as  in  Europe)  or  E-14  (small  screw  base).
 
 PLL  -  Similar  to  above  except  no  built  in  ballast  /  choke  /  circuit.  You  need  to  use  these  with  ballasts  in  some  case  starters  also.  Also  they  need  special  holders  cannot  be  fit  into  household  holders  directly.                  
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 If  i  were  to  choose  between  a  CFL  and  PLL  tube  for  a  planted  tank,which  of  them  would  be  the  idea  choice?
 
 Hey  Saugata,
 
 Is  there  any  specific  reason  for  you  to  change  from  CFL's  to  PLL  ?
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 PLL;  because  it  will  be  more  economical  in  the  long  run.  PLLs  are  cheaper,  since  Ballast  is  not  builtin,  fused  bulbs  maybe  replaced  while  ballast  is  retained.  Ballast  maybe  be  fixed  out  side  canopy  to  reduce  heat.
 
 CFLs  are  costilier,  since  it  has  everything  it  requires  builtin.  When  the  lamp  is  fails,  replacement  cost  will  be  very  high.  CFLs  are  designed  to  fit  in  the  normal  incandescent  lamps.
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 I  have  been  using  CFLs  for  the  past  9  months  or  so.  With  CFLs  my  exprience  has  been  that  (a)  the  bulb  doesn't  survives  for  too  long  although  I  have  tried  branded  stuffs  too.
 
 (b)  the  light  is  not  that  well  distributed.
 
 (c)  Other  than  metal  halides,  PLLs  are  supposed  to  be  the  best  for  planted  tanks.  
 
 Even  people  who  are  into  planted  tanks  for  donkey's  years  vouch  for  the  efficiencyof  PLLs  over  CFLs.
 
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 Thanks....that  was  useful.  Smile  I  plan  to  setup  a  planted  tank  in  a  month  or  so.I  havent  seen  how  a  philips  trulite  looks  like.Is  it  a  CFL  by  any  chance  Confused
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 Nope  its  a  tubelight
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