Originally Posted by Hfly1
I found the value solution for ambient bias lighting. It's a Westinghouse 12" fluorescent light fixture that I bought at Target for $10. It came with a cool white bulb that seems to be close to the 6500K range of the spectrum. I hung it on the back of my 50" Samsung plasma and it gives out the level of ambient light that I want without modification. It has a much larger diameter (about 2 inches) than some of the other options, so it may not work if you don't have that much clearance. It says "battery operated" on the package, but I noticed that it has a standard 12 volt power socket, so I was able to use a 12 V AC adapter (aka wall wart) to power it. I plugged it in to my receiver's AC outlets, so the light powers on when I power on the receiver. I can easily replace the cool white bulb with a full spectrum one later. It doesn't give the many color option of LED's, but for the price I think it provides excellent ambient light.
Hi, sorry for bringing back an old thread. But I just started messing around with HT backlighting. I honestly don't want to start buying LEDs and whatnot as I have already spent quite a bit on my entire HT system. So for a while no more funds towards that cause
So... I bought a 35w 6500k, GE energy saver bulb (similar to THIS) and a cheap radioshack nightstand housing. So far I don't quite like how it turned out, so I was wondering if perhaps a fluorescent tube would be a better choice? I tried looking for lower wattage but couldn't find any.
I was thinking about buying some short fluorescent tube and a cheap housing for it, and bolting it to the wall behind my TV. (its on a stand, not wall mounted by the way) would it be better?
Also, the reason for the quote was to ask if you could tell me the wattage of the tube and how did you mounted it.
Thanks in advance to anyone willing to give me a hand.
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