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New Ushio 14K HQI Bulbs (3-150 Watt)….Then XM


Put 3 new 150 watt Ushio 14K HQI bulbs in yesterday. Things look a lot brighter but a little more yellow than my original OEM Current bulbs. Hope I didn’t make the wrong decision as I don’t really care for the yellowish glow. I thought about trying XMs, maybe next time… We’ll see what they look like after the break in period. Pictures soon to come.

Update: July 12, 2010.

So after a month the Ushio bulbs didn’t change much in color. One of the bulbs was actually a different color than the other two, more white. I was hoping the other two were going to change to this whiter color after the break-in period but it didn’t happen and I was tired of waiting. I contacted Dan at Reefmissoula (LFS), who I purchased the bulbs from, and he spoke with his supplier who in turn decided to replaced the bulbs. 🙂 I was very happy at that moment! I hesitated to ask for another set of Ushios so I asked for a set of XM 15K bulbs. I’ve had the XM bulbs in my tank for a couple months now and must say I love the color. I’m not sure the XMs are quite as bright as the Ushios in my Current USA fixture, but they’re close. I’m very happy with my XM bulbs!

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Posted on March 29, 2010, in Reef Maintenance, Saltwater Aquarium Reef Tank and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on New Ushio 14K HQI Bulbs (3-150 Watt)….Then XM.

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