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Old 04-27-2013, 08:34 PM   #1
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ebay reef LED

I was looking at options for new reef lighting. Then my eyes were opened on ebay from a random search into thoes chinese reef LEDs. My question here is, do thoes leds really work? And if they do, how powerful are they? And is it better to get the blue and white or thoes "full spectrum" models? These are the ones on ebay popping up at 120 watts at 3 watt leds that run on 2 watts a piece. Most of you guys know exactly what I'm talking about.
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:44 PM   #2
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People that have them in the forums rave about how much they like them. They are very strong and easily burn corals if not acclimated to them. If there had been more info on them when I upgraded lighting they would be what is be using.
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Look for the thread "Lighting your reef...best bang for your buck" . The TaoTronic units seem to have great reviews here.
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As for the full spectrum or straight blue/white, it's personal preference. Both color up and grow corals nicely. I prefer the straight blue/white.
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As for the full spectrum or straight blue/white, it's personal preference. Both color up and grow corals nicely. I prefer the straight blue/white.
And I have come to like the full spectrum. Having both, the corals don't seem to care.
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They work great, my SPS are growing like crazy and the rest of my coral are happy happy happy. You do have to be careful where you place things though, some lower light coral (blasto's, lobo, mushroom...) can react poorly under them. I've had to partially shade my mushrooms and lobos. Other than that I don't regret getting them one bit, they are great fixtures for the money. We'll see how long they last though, sometimes you get what you pay for...
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We'll see how long they last though, sometimes you get what you pay for...
I was thinking the same thing. I'm not planning on adding corals for another 5 or 6 months, so I will follow the other thread intently to see what the reliability looks like.
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I read some reviews that some people believe the sps corals are not as deep with color compared to mh, is that true?
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I have about 30 of these Chinese panels running for close to 2 years. Have lost one panel and two drivers. They are pretty primitive inside, but work fine. At what they cost, I consider them expendable if they last at least 5 years. I even noticed the guys on the show Tanked use them in their holding facility. They have what looks like 20 of them hanging about 36" above the tanks.

My business imports high power led lighting for emergency vehicles. They are a bargain, but we found in quantity, you need spare parts.
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I read some reviews that some people believe the sps corals are not as deep with color compared to mh, is that true?
Not true. It's all a matter or proper acclimation. People are bleaching their sps with these thinking they are comparable. My sps took a while to get used to the light, but now they are as colorful as I've ever seen them under any lighting.
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