If your tank needs extreme lighting, choose the XM 175 Watt 15000k Metal Halide Bulb from Pet Store
to satisfy the lighting needs of your aquatic pets. This bulb emits 15000K white with a tint of blue color. It gives your aquatic pets the light it needs with or without the use of actinic bulbs. It works well with a regular magnetic or electronic ballast.
A major feature of this bulb is its very stable temperature, because of its metal halide property. It creates a thermally safe environment for your tank's inhabitants. It quickly lights up when turned on. It is extremely brighter than other brands and yet maintains a bluish coloration that reef inhabitants prefer. Using only 175 watts of energy to release powerful light, this bulb is energy-efficient. It is also designed to last longer than its counterpart giving you quality performance for more than a year.
The XM 175 Watt 15000k Metal Halide Bulb has a mogul base. It is a very good replacement bulb for similar bulbs or for upgrading the bulbs of your lighting system. It is ideal in marine or reef aquariums that are 18 inches deep. Its high-capacity light penetrates the water so well that the light requirements of the marine life
for health and wellness are provided.
The XM single-ended metal halide bulb offers good coloration and intensity. The color is between an 10,000K bulb and a 20,000K bulb: white with a distinct blue tint. This bulb will work with a standard magnetic ballast or an electronic ballast. An excellent choice for nano-reefs and other reef tanks up to 18" deep.
Common questions/problems concerning metal halide lamps:
- 15,000K Color Temperature
- Excellent with or without actinic supplementation
- Operate on a standard metal halide ballast or electronic ballast
- Standard Mogul base
- Metal halide lamps of the same kind are different colors?
Metal halide lamps operate by passing an electric arc through an arc tube that excites particles in the arc tube. When the metal particles reach an excited state they emit energy in the form of visible light. It takes 100 hours of operation before the metal particles stabilize and become a consistent color. All metal halides require 100 hours of operation before color and light output stabilize. All metal halides inherently have a slight color variation between individual lamps.
- The metal halide lamp fires and then either burns dull or the arc extinguishes?
Usually the ballast and lamp are not receiving enough power. Metal halides pull a high current. Usually the problem is either there is too great a load on the circuit or the extension cords are of a small wire size and can`t handle the power needed by the ballast. Use only heavy duty extension cords and try running a ballast
off a circuit from another part of the house.
- Do I need a cover shield between the lamp and the aquarium?
Metal halide lamps produce a large amount of UV and also have a potential of exploding. The single ended metal halide lamps have an outer jacket which eliminates most of the UV. However, they have an inherent risk of exploding and UL requires metal halide lamps to be enclosed. On double ended lamps there is no UV shield. Double ended lamps must have a glass shield or major eye injuries including blindness may occur.
- Can I operate a ballast and lamp together which are designed for different wattages?
Each wattage lamp and ballast are designed together for optimal performance and safety. If you over drive the lamp it may explode and shorten the life of the ballast and lamps. If you under drive the lamp it will also shorten the life of both components and also may explode. Do not mix different type wattages of lamps and ballasts.
NOTE: The bulb should be handled carefully during installation and replacement.