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Unread 07/06/2006, 07:23 AM   #1
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coreefer and others with 120s

if you dont mind me asking, how much is your electric bill?

im getting a 120 and trying to budget in the cost of mh and such for a 120


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Unread 07/06/2006, 07:30 AM   #2
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Mine runs me around 65 extra a month but im in Castle Rock not sure what your KWs cost in the springs


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Unread 07/06/2006, 11:29 AM   #3
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I really couldn't tell you...I've never really sat down and tried to determine this.


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Unread 07/06/2006, 11:35 AM   #4
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ok =(

i asked you specifically because

"120g reef tank,40g sump, 4x150wHQI's, mainly SPS"


thats oddly the same tank i want



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Unread 07/06/2006, 11:42 AM   #5
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yeah...I just don't even have a ballpark. Perhaps a guy like Russ who works with electricty can give you a guideline.


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Unread 07/06/2006, 11:53 AM   #6
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Determine how much CS utilities charge per KW. It will be on your utility bill. Then use this electrical calculator


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Unread 07/06/2006, 01:03 PM   #7
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Well, if you want SPS, you need to pay the electrical piper.


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Unread 07/06/2006, 03:04 PM   #8
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Wouldn't 2 250's use less electricity? I don't know for sure, but maybe Russ will know.


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Unread 07/06/2006, 03:22 PM   #9
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2 250s will draw less than 4 150s depending on the ballast.


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Unread 07/06/2006, 05:49 PM   #10
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hmmmmmm 4 x 150 = 600, 2 x 250 = 500 and Todd is an engineer ;=P


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Unread 07/06/2006, 09:08 PM   #11
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The wattage of the bulbs does not necessarily equal the power consumed. Don't forget that the power supplies lose energy as heat too. Power consumption of a 150W ballast can be higher than the 150W the bulb itself uses.


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Unread 07/06/2006, 09:11 PM   #12
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If you want to calculate your power consumption, take all the accessories you are going to be running and add them up. X that by how many hours a day you will be running them and that will give you and Idea of how much you are consuming. Then figure out what you are paying per KW.


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