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    Quote: from Buckmaster on 74 pm on April 16, 2002
    I also have a grow stick. I just picked it up a wal-mart. I will say that there is no comparison between the brightness of the grow stick and the two other 20 watt fluorescents that I have. The grow stick just doesn't compare.
    Buckmaster [/QUOTE]

    Yeah--it's that miserable ballast. Probably not super moisture-resistant, either. However, the form factor is great and the weight is a real plus.

    I tore the diffuser off the thing to get better light.

    --Steve

    (Edited by steveo at 8:25 pm on April 16, 2002)

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    In reference to the original question: if the bulbs keep burning out, it's probably not the bulbs. It's probably the fixture or the environment.

    The fixture could be shorting out or it could have some other defect.

    The environment (how you have it set up) could lend to poor ventilation and overheating or something like that...

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    I started out with one of those round "floodlight" type of grow lights. I found out after I bought it was not really a plant light but just an incadescent light with some blue painted over it. It gets very hot! So needless to say that didnt last long. I now use only fluorescent lighting for my tanks...1 Gro-Lux and 1 cool white and they work very well. The fixtures are fairly cheap, easy to find, to put together and in most cases, to hang (although I'm fighting with a 4-foot fixture at the moment). The fluorescent tubes dont produce too much heat and last a long time AND dont cost a lot to run. And easy to connect to timers.

    My 2-cents worth. :-)

    Suzanne

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    Compact fluorescents (CFL's) all the way. I use eight of them to provide light for my entire CP collection, and they're doing great.

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