Thank you for this thread.
I like it when people try to sum things up as best they can.
I have contemplated AH Supply kits, but again I like simple.
If I had more time to assemble things, and had a lower chance of losing parts in my house before I assemble it - I might someday go for it. From what I have read they sound wonderful, especially the reflectors.
From my experience with my 27 Gallon tank and my 2x40 Watt Dual Daylight bulbs (which I love) I think I will keep my simple screw in CF Bulbs for a bit.
Getting comfortable and growing confidence with growing plants takes time. Changing one variable at a time works fine for me.
I look forward to reading more in this thread. Thank you.