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Old 06-16-2011, 10:19 PM   #11
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I have had mine going for a year now and I am sure you could do as well or better with a metal halide/chiller system, such as I had running, but the advantages of the LEDs is simplicity and economy.
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We are completely disinterested in halides for that exact reason. I don't want to deal with all the problems. And reef keeping isn't the most earth friendly hobby. I don't care to add to the waste anymore than I have to. We love the idea of DIY (it's fun to see how well you can do for a fraction of the cost). I'm thrilled to know that we are
on the right track. We are relative newcomers to the game and everyone has a strong opinion about lighting. With our
moonlighting turning out so well and the fact that you have been using a similar system with success for about a year, Im almost giddy. Lol
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Don't get too giddy. Try them out. Don't underestimate their brightness as it could bleach a coral. I have had good luck, hope you do too.
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From your picture, mine are packed less than 1/2" apart, much closer than yours. Each panel of 130 is about 12" x 18". Is that your current moonlight? Or am I looking at the picture without a good size comparison?
Again, in my humble experience, I found that 1-2 watts of LED per gallon was plenty, where you would use far more if lighting with other sources. The number you quoted seemed like a good place to start. nice thing is you can add more if needed.
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the moonlights are my favorite lighting effect
the way the water movement makes it shimmer is relaxing
i've fell asleep watching it a few times
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I use to have some blue bulbs that simulated moonlight, need to add a few LED strips and do it again because it was cool.
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Lol! I'll try to keep it under control. LED lighting is so new and so expensive that it's hard to find anyone who has really experimented with it. A lot of what we've been able to find has come from expensive DIY (you have to Do it our way or it's wrong) kits. We didn't like a lot of what was offered so we went the same route we always take and researched the crap out of it, came up with our own design, and started a build. So far it's working out beautifully. But the one thing we notice over and over is that a lot of folks running the 5 watt bulbs are running them at about 1/2 their capacity on dimmers. So we went with the 1 watt lights in a larger angle and upped the number of lights. We will see how it works. But it does calm some of my worries that you are running a somewhat similar system with some success. I do love the research and design part of the hobby though, trial and error are part of that. Its fun when an idea pans out.
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The photo is a three foot section containing 75 lights. We placed a blue bulb every third bulb and are wiring them in separately. White on one plug, blues on one with 4-6 blue bulbs separated for moon lighting on the other tank. The 125 is a 6 foot tank so we plan on mounting two of them side by side for our coverage. The moonlights are just 4 of the LEDs mounted on small strips of the same mirrored plexiglas. They aren't much. We started off with 6 but quickly decided that it was WAY to much light for moonlights so out came 2 of them.
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I think that will work fine. I too like the 1 watt and 2 watt LEDs better. I don't try to dim mine.
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