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So as I continue my search for good way to make a tank red for nocturnal viewing I cam across these:

Fluorescent Colored Light Bulbs
http://www.buylightfixtures.com/f40t12-fluorescent-colored-light-bulbs.aspx

Red LED screw in light bulb
http://www.bulbamerica.com/osram-s14-led-bulb-with-red-transparent-cover.html

another Red LED screw in
http://www.bulbamerica.com/osram-g19-1w-red-led-bulb.html

this one is LED and multi color you twist it to change colors - these also come in different bulb shapes.
http://www.bulbamerica.com/osram-sylvania-1w-b10-shape-red-led-light-bulb.html

and another mini spot light looking
http://www.bulbamerica.com/silver-1-7w-jdr-1led-medium-base-red-bulb.html

in addition to these they have red LED par bulbs (Like outdoor spot lights)
 

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I wish someone would buy one of these T8 fluorescent covers from your first link to see if they work well. I have compacts so the covers won't work but anyone having T8's like in a standard freshwater hood might have a nice solution with these.

Here is another screw in self ballasted fluoresent similar to the one you showed me awhile back that you found at an ACE hardware and I found at Home Depot. As a side note none of the self-ballasted bulbs (that I know of) are recommended for wet environments. There is no safety warning so the reason may be bulb life but it should be noted if you choose to try this kind of fixture over an aquarium.
 

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I wonder how much, if any non-red light leaks through red colored lenses? I know that LED's only emit a very narrow band of wave lengths, so essentially they only emit light of a single color, which I think is better than those covers that try to filter out all but the red light. Plus LED's are cooler, and use less energy, and don't diminish over time.
 

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Ever so slowly (because of both finances and technology) I plan to replace ALL my lighting with LED because of the heat issues (along with the reduced electricity usage).

Many of the "RED" LED lights (and most other forms of red lighting) are white lights with red filters. Since I use a velum lens cover over the merc tank and they have been night active with this set up, I think a filter works but ensuring all the white light is filtered can be difficult. I painted the sides of the lens for the merc tank to help minimize leakage.
 

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In the past I've used a normal fluorescent bulb with red velum taped over it, and it worked fine. And after watching a friend photograph squid with red-filter/LED dive light, I'm pretty sold on that too- so something similar rigged up for an aquarium should work.
 

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The big problem I have found with the ones that change color is that after a power outage (or turning them off) you have to reset them to red. Needless to say, you can't use a timer with them.
 

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Hmmm, that's not a huge issue for me as i don't use a timer on my night lighting but a midnight power outage would be a problem. I ordered one so we'll see.
 

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I usually leave my nocturnal red lights on 24/7 as well but we used an aquarium "moon" light bar that had a selection of colors with the default being white (if you could just set the default ...). After a summer of quick power outages from thunderstorms and failing to notice the issue until the octopus started pacing (it was on a diurnal tank at the time) we just discontinued using it.
 

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