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    apple rings.. what more can i say? FlytrapGurl's Avatar
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    Okay, I know UV bulbs need to be replaced every 4-6 months due to the fact that the UV giveout gradually decreases, but is it the same with flourescents? I assume it is, but I just wanted to make sure.

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    EDIT: God I hate typos in titles.. you should be able to edit 'em, man.. "flourescents"^
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    I like baking with flour escents hehe

    Fluorescent bulbs should be replaced every 6 -12 months. If you have just a single bulb I would do it on the 6-8 month range. Many growers that have multiple bulbs will replace them on a rotation.

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    I know that the light output drops off quite a bit after the first 6 months of the fluorescent lamps usage. I'm just too cheap to replace any lamps that are still illuminating -- I do know that my plants would probably benefit from doing so. I almost always wait until the lamps go dark (burn out) before I replace them.



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    LOL, I am in the same boat as Joe. I have some going downstairs that I know are over two years old, but the plants are still colorful. I have not ever tried mylar on the sides of the tanks either.

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    I change my bulbs once a year.


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    apple rings.. what more can i say? FlytrapGurl's Avatar
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    Thanks y'all.. and thanks to whoever fixed the typo!
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    There is still a typo.. but almost everyone spells it wrong ;/

    fl UO rescent Not fl OU rescent

    Wheat turns to flour .. phosphorus fluoresces

    one of my pet peeves I guess!

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    Anyone ever tried overdriving fluorescents? It's something I tried recently and it works great, but it runs a bulb down quick. It takes a little wiring but the boost in light is amazing.

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