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    Hey, I'm glad you received them well and I'm glad you like them!

    It's really not all that big of a bulb. I have 2 other 85W bulbs, both from different manufacturers. I believe them to be bigger, both in ballast size as well as tube size.

    I wouldn't necessarily say that I prefer 6400/6500K over 5500K as I personally hold the belief that the color matters less than the light output of the particular bulb. I choose to stick with 6500K because I don't think that many manufacturers make too much of a distinction between these two colors in their marketing materials, and both would be considered of a "daylight" spectrum.

    If two bulbs from the same manufacturer were made in 5500K and 6500K, I'd still stick with the 6500K bulb because of the color rendering of whiter bulbs. I really dislike "warm" colored white bulbs. I feel that everything I look at is made into a pink shade and it throws my eyes off. I think 6500K light is less colored and more realistic in its rendering.

    Wow, do I ever ramble on about lights or what?

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    Hey, I think I'm worse than you, I even posted pictures [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]

    The ballast on this light is amazingly small. It's just the overall size seems large when I am used to the standard 15W ones (other than Fluorex).

    I personally do like the more natural and accurate daylight tones, although I know my mom at least greatly prefers the tungsten tones.

    This bulb seems even more white than Fluorex, which has a higher 6500K rating. I guess this may mean differing methods of measurement.

    I noticed on the Luxlite site that a 150W [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img] version of this bulb is available. However, I can't find it for sale anywhere. It would cost too much to run for me, but it would definitely be interesting to see, or use as a flashlight. You could really tick your neighbors off with a couple of those outside. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

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    Where can I get clamp-on light fixtures for compact flourescent?
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    You can get the clamp-ons ranging from ~5"-10" diameters from either Home Depot or Lowes for between $5-15 each, depending on size.

    As far as compacts go, just my two cents but I have everything from orchids to bonsai, cacti/succulents and almost all genera of CPs thriving under just cool white (of different intensities)--the drosera are dewy, the Neps are pitchering prolifically and with colorful pitchers, the Aldrovanda is making new pinwheels, and the same scenario applies to the VFTs, Sars, Heli's, Darlingtonia, butterworts that are growing under the lights. In fact, I was able to get a Plumeria spp. cutting to root and thrive under a regular 23W cool white compact I bought at home depot for $1.00 that sits ~5" above the plant. The plant is thriving (and plumerias need a LOT of light to grow).

    So, bottom line is based on my experience, spectrum matters far less than output. Though clorophyll itself is able to capture light best at certain wavelengths, the shape of its absorbtion vs. wavelength plot is a bell-shaped curve, so it can capture light across a wide berth of wavelenghts. The plant also produces a wide variety of other pigments (yellows, reds, purples, etc.) capable of absorbing light at different wavelengths. All other environmental requirements set aside, this is probably why my plants can thrive under the relatively narrow spectrum offered by cool whites.

    Just my two cents.



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    Just to let everyone know, the Ebayer I was buying these bulbs from has apparently decided to liquidate his stock and is no longer selling them [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img]

    Serious bummer.

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    I was afraid of that. I noticed he was selling 10-packs of bulbs for around $90+shipping before he disappeared. I wanted to get one, but I did not have the money at that point.

    I wonder if anyone else sells this bulb at a similar price.

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    I can't find anyone who sells the LuxLite 85W bulbs for less than $27.50. I challenge you and others to find it cheaper! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    Yeah, the only place that I found to sell them is http://www.efficientenergyproducts.c...h_wattage.html
    which is the aforementioned 27.50 site.

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