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    Senior Member Chrispol's Avatar
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    Q: Change To Bell Pendants

    Hello, Well i'm finally upgrading got an empty 220 sitting in my basement anyhow on my old tank i have 2x400w bulbs with spider reflectors I wanted my new tank to be open top so i was considering changing from spiders to bell pendants...

    1) where could i find them locally cheap? (Montreal)
    2) Will they support 400w
    3) Heat buildup no fans can they tolerate it?

    I want to go bell pendant cause i don't want a big long hood type fixture accross the tank and i believe it would be easier access with bell pendants..

    Thanks for any suggestions

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    bell pendents are great of deep tanks, but offer a very narrow angle of spread of light. if your tank is 6 foot long.. and most likely is, you might need 1 or 2 more to cover the area well.. but light wise.. I heard only good stuff about the intensity.

    you can get them at spots like lumens or your local electrical/electronic scrap recycling yard or surplus depos..

    get the bell reflectors designed to handle such bulb, or diy it the best you can.

    I have personnaly been through that route, glad I now run spiders instead.
    you can always mod them the way you want.

    hope this helps a bit.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    Senior Member Chrispol's Avatar
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    the tank is 30" deep, would be putting either 3x400w or 2x400 and 1x250

    Was thinking pendant cause i didn't want 3x 12"x16" boxes hanging over the tank was originally gonna do one 36" hanging hood with my existing 2 400w but the center of each bulb would practically be above eache tank brace 3 pendants would fit into the 3 spaces above the tank....

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    Senior Member CanadianGuy's Avatar
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    sounds like a good way to go to me.

    "Knowing is half the battle!" ~ G.I. JOE

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