It seems that many planted tank folk don't fully approve the light fixtures that include ballast, reflector, bulb(s), hood, and maybe fans.
Here is my take on the perfect light fixture:
- A low profile hood, no more than 3 inches tall
- A Miro reflector that is not too narrow
- Mounting legs to install the fixture a few inches above the tank, optional
- Waterproof end caps, exchangable caps for PC with "::" or "...." pins
- 8 ft. or more grounded power cord
- Information on re-wiring the fixture with bulbs of different wattage
- Hanging kit, optional
- Rods or a brace for the hanging kit (a la ADA), optional
- Built-in timer, optional
- Splash guard for the bulbs is not really needed for PCs, optional
- From my experience fans are not really necessary for PCs, optional but they must not be noisy
- A good variety of add-on decorative parts, plates, profiles etc. so the hood can easily be matched with the finish of your canopy or tank braces, optional
Now... how hard is to produce a fixture like that?
What would be the perfect planted tank fixture according to you?