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Compact Fluorescent Aquarium Lights by Length

CF Fixtures 24" CF Fixtures 30"
CF Fixtures 36" CF Fixtures 48" CF Retrofits 24"

CF Retrofits 48"
Compact Fluorescent Fixtures:
Coralife Aqualight SALE!!
Compact Fluorescent Fixtures:
Coralife Freshwater Aqualight SALE!!
For Saltwater & Freshwater Aquariums
The Coralife Aqualight Compact Fluorescent Lighting Fixtures come in a version with one row of lamps and a version with two rows of lamps. These fixtures come without LEDs , a timer or legs (can be purchased separately) and are an excellent value.
For Freshwater Planted Aquariums
This Freshwater version of the Coralife Aqualight Compact Fluorescent Lighting Fixture comes with 6700K lamps.
Compact Fluorescent Fixtures:
Coralife Lunar Aqualight SALE!!
Compact Fluorescent Fixtures:
CPR Aquatic
For Reef Aquariums
The Coralife Lunar Aqualight comes with LEDs and a leg set. We also carry the Coralife Lunar Aqualight with T5 HO lamps.
For Refugiums
These lights are designed for the CPR Aquatic AquaFuge Refugiums, but they can also be used for other types of refugiums or as a general purpose aquarium light.
Compact Fluorescent Retrofits: Coralife Aqualight SALE!! Lamps (bulbs):
Coralife
For Reef Aquariums
The Coralife Aqualight Compact Fluorescent Aquarium Retrofit Lights are scalable and easy to install in an aquarium canopy. These lights feature moisture resistant end caps and remote electronic ballasts. No wiring is necessary.
These Coralife Compact Fluorescent lamps are the lamps that came stock with the Coralife Aqualight Compact Fluorescent Fixtures, Coralife Lunar Aqualight Compact Fluorescent Fixtures and Coralife Aqualight Pro Fixtures with Compact Fluorescent Lamps. As long as the pin configuration (square or straight) and the wattage match these lamps can also be used to replace compact fluorescent lamps in other types of fixtures.
Lamps (bulbs):
Current USA Straight Pin SALE!!
Lamps (bulbs):
Current USA
SALE!!
These lamps are NOT meant for Current USA lighting fixtures. The Current USA Fixtures use square pin lamps. However, these lamps are an excellent choice for any fixture needing straight pin compact fluorescent lamps.
These Current USA Compact Fluorescent lamps are the lamps that came stock with the Current USA Orbit Compact Fluorescent Fixtures, Current USA Satellite and Current USA Outer Orbit Metal Halide Fixtures with Compact Fluorescent Lamps. As long as the pin configuration (square or straight) and the wattage match these lamps can also be used to replace compact fluorescent lamps in other types of fixtures.
Lamps (bulbs):
Generic, PFO & CSL
Lamps (bulbs):
JBJ Nano Cube

An assortment of "generic" bulbs and bulbs from Custom SeaLife and PFO, companies that went out of business some time ago.

Replacement compact fluorescent lamps for the popular JBJ Nano Cubes.
Parts: AquaticLife Parts: Coralife Aqualight




Parts: Current USA Satellite/Orbit Parts: Current USA SunPaq Retrofits
We carry all available Current USA Orbit and Satellite Compact Fluorescent Fixture Parts. This includes ballasts, fans, end panels, docking mounts, power supplies, splash lenses, and lamp sockets.


COMPACT FLUORESCENT AQUARIUM LIGHTING GENERAL INFO


Compact fluorescent (aka power compact) aquarium lighting utilizes fluorescent bulbs that are bent in half. These VHO lamps deliver a higher concentration of light energy in a smaller space than straight tubes do, although the light concentration is less than with metal halides. They are also different from regular fluorescent tubes in that the four pins are at one end while other fluorescent lights have two pins on each end.

Compact Fluorescent Fixtures
If you don't have a canopy, you will probably want a lighting fixture (or lighting hood) that sits on top of your tank, such as the:

    To choose the best light for your reef aquarium please visit the Hood Lighting Chart

    Compact Fluorescent Retrofits
    If your aquarium has a canopy (usually a wood box cover) you probably want a retrofit, such as the Coralife Aqualight Retrofit. The Aqualight comes complete with the bulbs mounted to a reflector--you just need to screw the reflector to the canopy.

    To choose the retrofit light for your reef aquarium please visit the Retrofit Lighting Chart

    Compact Fluorescent Lamps
    There are two different incompatible standards for compact fluorescent lights, the straight pin style (aka European), and the square pin style (aka Japanese or Panasonic). The straight pin connector has the four pins in a straight row while the square pin connector has the pins in a square configuration. Current USA fixtures use square pin lamps and Coralife uses both square and straight pin lamps. Neither standard is superior--you just have to be careful when buying replacement lamps that you get lamps with the correct pin configuration.

    Compact Fluorescent Lamp Color Temperature
    Reef tanks require half the lighting to be actinic lighting and half the lighting to be full spectrum daylight lighting. For the actinics any bulb listed as an actinic--whether it is a True Actinic, 7,100K Actinic, Actinic or 420nm Actinic--will be adequate. For the daylight bulb the best bulb for corals is the 10K (aka 10,000K) bulb. 6,700K, 8,800K, 12,000K, 14,000K & 20,000K bulbs are also fine. In many situations, because you will only have one row of bulbs, you will to need a 50/50 bulb in order to be able to spread the actinic and full spectrum daylight lighting evenly. The 50/50 bulb has one half of a single power compact bulb actinic and the other side full spectrum daylight. The Current USA 50/50 bulb is called the SmartPaq.

    Freshwater planted tanks usually use the 6,700K, 6,500K or 5,500K bulbs. Fish only tanks can use any light that makes the fish look good. The fish really don't need much light to survive--so it is really a matter of aesthetics. Most people will be happy using 6,700K bulbs, which are very close to daylight, for fish only tanks.