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    Thanks for the link! Wow, that's on the US right? Seems quite expensive. My hubby has gone out to get a florescent light fixture from a hardware store, then I think he's going to Picses Pet Imporium to pick up a 25 or 40 watt warm glo florescent tube. I don't know how much that'll be, but I'm sure the total for both will come close to what it would cost me after exchange to get that bulb! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    you are very welcome,we are all here to help each other.thats what gives pft.com its greatness.

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    So here's what I've found in a local lighting store: a 15 watt florescent "grow bulb" the will screw in to the fixture in the lid of my terrarium, and a 15 watt regular florecent to accompany it. They were $18 Canadian each. My hubby is going to "Tim" the aquarium lid to accomodate two regular screw-in light fixtures so that I can use both side-by-side. I guess only time will tell if that'll work! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
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    Shauntell, (Newbie too,)

    The fluorescents that I have found work best are the ones they sell at Wal-Mart. These come in an orange sleve with yellow writting and are called 'Sunshine' They beat out all the fancy $30 reptile high UV tubes hands down (in fact I have switched to using them for my heprs too with great results.)

    If you are wanting to get fully away from tubes then the best thing to go with (as I have heard it) is Metal Halide. The problem here is that they are EXPENSIVE ($300+) and give off a lot of heat too.
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    Just a quick note on warm vs cool..

    Most people will put in a mix of the two if they have more than one light. Yes the warm white might be closer to natural light ( I haven't actually looked at the specs on a warm white bulb lately). However the cool white puts out more blue light which is the primary light that plants need for good photosynthesis. Too much red light (warm) and the plants will get tall and spindly but are more likely to flower as red light promotes flowering. Which is why most people will put in a warm tone here and there if they have multiple bulbs. For a single bulb application I would go with a cool white preferentially. The 'grow bulbs' are not necessary and usually more expensive. They are designed to put out more blue light but the slight advantage is minor if the price is much higher.
    You could also use the daylight type bulbs Pyro mentions.. they come in various brands.. ultralume, chroma 50 etc. They are usually a little more expensive than the standard cool/warm white but not always easy to find the size that you need. If you can find them and they are not too expensive these types of bulbs are noticably better than the cool/warm white combo.
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    Red face

    This whole lighting thing has me spinning personally! It's the one part of this whole thing I just can't seem to get a handle on. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]
    I don't know exactly what the regular florescent is that my hubby is bringing home...but from what he said it shines a slightly yellow/orange light. The grow light of course gives off a blue tint. Both bulbs were the same price where we got them. This place has an online store if anyone is interested:
    http://www.brite-lite.com/
    I also found another place that's in Canada:
    http://www.hydroponix.com/en/index.html

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    It will probably say somewhere on the bulb..

    coolwhite
    warmwhite
    daylight
    softwhite (essentially coolwhite)
    etc

    If you cant find one that matches what we mention exactly.. take a plain white piece of paper and hold it next to the light bulb. Look at the paper to get an idea what color the bulb is putting out. Opt for one that is close to white or slightly bluish ;>
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    Thanks, I'll have to do that with the bulbs we get today. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
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