10-19-2004, 06:52 AM
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Houston, Texas
iTrader Positive Rating: 100%
I don't really know if it's a good idea afterall. The bulb gets immensely hot, the lighting spread is rather inadequate because it is a spiral-like shaped bulb that is screw-on, the protective plastic cover also reduce the light somewhat. Don't get me wrong, the light IS still bright even with all these factors. It's just if I were you I would rather spend the same amount and get a PC light system, instead of a flood light. I have one which I got(admittedly) on eBay. It has a touch sensor in which you can put your finger over it to signal it to go on. Like I said before, alot of people have problem with spiral-shaped screw-on PC bulbs because it doesn't really utilize its light spread very effectively, even with a reflector. I had a friend custom built one for me; I glued it to the light. Can't really say if it made any difference. If you really still want to get it, then I would advise building a DIY wooden hood that you can position the light in, in which you can remove its plastic cover. That way, the heat gets cooled down more and with a good reflector you should get more from this light. I haven't had the time to build mine so I just leave the entire flood light on top of one of my tank, above a cover glass, of course
And I can tell you, it gets veeeery hot.