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Old 12-10-2014, 05:47 AM   #11
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I think seeing in person will help make my decision easier for me. Thanks for the help and input Mr. X your opinions and advice are always great and I appreciate it. Getting those led light will be my Christmas gift to myself haha
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No problem. Just don't believe folks when they tell you you NEED the colors. They just don't know any better.
This coral grew under those blue and white units and is still under them for the pic-
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That looks awesome! I had my tank almost two years just now but only fowlr and now starting to do anemone and hopefully build up from there
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Old 12-13-2014, 06:35 PM   #14
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I would be wary of any LED lighting that needed fans to keep it cool. Heat is an indicator that the drivers are inefficient and wasting energy. Top quality LEDs don't have fans. At that price, you should be getting a better product.
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Old 12-13-2014, 07:05 PM   #15
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I would be wary of any LED lighting that needed fans to keep it cool. Heat is an indicator that the drivers are inefficient and wasting energy. Top quality LEDs don't have fans. At that price, you should be getting a better product.

Most high end units use fans, that's not an indicator of product quality at all


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I would be wary of any LED lighting that needed fans to keep it cool. Heat is an indicator that the drivers are inefficient and wasting energy. Top quality LEDs don't have fans. At that price, you should be getting a better product.
And what price is that exactly? 80-100 bucks a fixture? Please show me some "top quality" LEDs that you can buy for anywhere near that price.
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I would be wary of any LED lighting that needed fans to keep it cool. Heat is an indicator that the drivers are inefficient and wasting energy. Top quality LEDs don't have fans. At that price, you should be getting a better product.
So, by that logic Ecotech's Radions aren't top quality?
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I have to agree with everyone on this one, I seen some top quality led lighting made by top manufacturer and still uses fan. I got a cheap led light currently on my tank and doesn't have fan but not bright enough to grow corals. That's why I started this thread which by the way thanks to mr. X I have my new lights currently being processed to be shipped to me soon
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I use both. Mr_X and I have debated this a lot. The red and green are accent lights for your eye, not the coral. The UV leds however have shown to be of actual benefit both to color and growth of stoney corals especially. I also love the extended blue frequency that enhances the corals fluorescence during evening lighting. But there is no doubt white/blue panels also work fine.

Leds, especially high power ones create a lot of localized heat. That heat is what reduces their lifespan. You either need a big heat sink, fans or both or you don't have high power leds long. It all depends on number and wattage of the leds. I have seen fanless fixtures at the LFS and they were hot to the touch. I didn't like that. My RapidLED fixtures are cool to touch so I don't mind the fan.


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