You can easily spice up the overall appearance of your aquarium by installing the 250 Watt 15000K Metal Halide Bulb - XM Pet Store
on top of it. This is quite the ideal product, which will not only provide your marine inhabitants with the illumination that they deserve to show you their magnificent colors and features, but it will also save you the trouble of a time-consuming setup process. It is designed to fit mogul sockets perfectly, and it is available in a large size, which is suitable for more heavy-duty tanks. You will be pleased to know that there are so many ways by which this will benefit your fish by just some slight tweaks in the construction.
As its name says, this product comes in the form of a small bulb, which is better than the fluorescent strips because it will enable you to fix this anywhere that you see fit. In spite of its brilliant blue and white beams, you will be surprised to find out that this will only consume 250 watts of energy, saving you more on your electricity costs. The lamp features a Kelvin color rating of 10,000K, as well, which assures you of its solid and pleasing radiance. This is the perfect product to use if you want to give your fish
a daylight setting within their home.
You can be sure that your aquarium will be brighter and cooler than before with the 250 Watt 15000K Metal Halide Bulb.
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 22"–30" 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. **Please Note**
Pulse start type lamps may ignite and work just fine on a probe start ballast for a few months; however, as the lamp ages, the electrodes erode and higher voltage is needed to start the lamp. The open circuit voltage provided by probe start ballasts is not sufficient to ignite a pulse start lamp.