Can I use regular fluorescent bulbs in my aquarium?

Can I use regular fluorescent bulbs in my aquarium?

Standard fluorescent (also referred to as NO, or Normal Output) bulbs are ideal for general aquarium use. T5 and T8 bulbs are not interchangeable; each has its own pin spacing. Standard Fluorescent bulbs should be replaced every 12-18 months for maximum performance.

Do they still make compact fluorescent light bulbs?

Now CFLs, or compact fluorescent lamps, are slowly disappearing from stores. Home retailer IKEA stopped selling them in all its locations last year, and now manufacturer GE has penned a cheeky Dear John letter to the technology, saying it will stop making the bulbs in the United States.

Is LED or fluorescent better for aquariums?

Low energy consumption: They take less energy to run—quite a bit less. LED aquarium lighting uses up to 80 percent less electricity than other aquarium lights. Low heat output: LED lights do not generate the heat that fluorescent light bulbs do, and so they won’t heat up your aquarium water.

Can you replace compact fluorescent bulbs with LED?

When you replace CFL with LED bulbs, you’re dramatically reducing the cost of replacement lamps as well as maintenance time and fees. If you’re looking for an easy way to drastically reduce your energy bill, replace all your CFLs with plug in LED light bulbs.

Do fluorescent bulbs have mercury in them?

Fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent, germicidal, blacklight, metal halide and other HID light bulbs all contain mercury compounds. Incandescent, halogen and LED bulbs do not contain mercury. Extreme care should be taken in both the handling of broken light bulbs and the disposal of burned out bulbs that contain mercury.

What is a fluorescent bulb filled with?

A fluorescent light bulb tube is filled with a gas restraining low pressure mercury vapour and argon, xenon, neon, or krypton . The pressure inside the lamp is almost 0.3% of atmospheric pressure.

What is fluorescent bulb?

A fluorescent light bulb or fluorescent tube is a gas-spark bulb that uses electricity to provoke mercury vapour. The provoked mercury atoms bring out short-wave ultraviolet light that then reasons a phosphor to fluoresce, producing visible light.