Brighten up your aquarium life with twin-tube lighting. Twin tube fluorescent aquarium lights are specially engineered to create a new level of lighting for your aquarium. Dual tube lighting gives you increased light output for more beautiful displays of your aquarium set-up. Each light includes two full length fluorescent tubes that evenly distribute light in your aquarium. The fluorescent ballast is mounted inside the light housing and gets longer life because of aluminum heat dissipators and extra vents. An instant start circuit allows you to use Twin Tube lights with timers or switch controlled outlets and can be used with both rapid-start and preheat fluorescent tube types. Fluorescent tubes are included with all Twin Tube strip-lights.
my tank came with one of these fixtures and when i got home it wouldnt even turn on. went back to the fish store and they exchanged it for a new one. that one lasted a whole 3 months before dying on me. i have a friend that has one that has been working for a few years so i know they work if put together correctly by the manufacturer. i must have gotten two duds. i cant say that i would ever purchase a new one ever again, probably a used one on craigslist if it was for the right price.
I have 2 36" strips for my 125 gal tank. They're resting above the glass canopy and under a custom hood. With the right bulbs it offers good light at a reasonable price. They start with a timer perfectly, and they work with both T-8 or T-12 preheat and instant start bulbs... They have a built in reflector and the twin bulb setup allows you to mix bulb types and get the color and intensity you desire.
My only complaint is that the switches are on the back and are hard to reach when used under a hood, but then again the timer turns them on anyways.
Another minor issue; I may add an easy ballast two bulb (in line mounted) at the front of my flip up hood... While the strip light throws good light, it is centered on my tank (behind the lift up glass access panels) and when the fish are in the front and swimming up off the substrate the light is behind them. This causes shadows and the fish look dark and unlit on the viewing side. This is a positioning issue for me and not the lights fault.
For larger tanks you may need/desire additional lighting in the front because of the additional tank depth, but these are a great start and affordable for the main lighting. As with any lighting setups,finding the right bulbs is more of an issue... but at least you can still afford the bulbs with these fixtures!
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