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Old 09-02-2004, 12:18 AM   #1
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moonlighting hours

wondering which hours people are running led moon lights? all night? certain hours? half the night?
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i run myine all day they never turn off. and so they are always one when the other light turn off.
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Old 09-02-2004, 04:37 AM   #3
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All night. They turn on when my lights turn off and vice-versa.
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Old 09-02-2004, 11:59 AM   #4
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Yup, I do the one-or-the-other thing. Bought one of those cool powerstrips at Foster's And Smith that do that for you automatically.
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Old 09-02-2004, 12:06 PM   #5
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Mine are on 24/7.
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Old 09-02-2004, 12:48 PM   #6
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Me too on the 24/7 thing. But now that you mentioned it - - I'm wondering if I should cyle'm to come on for a short period just before the others go out, and off just after the others come on.

Wonderin' if that'll extend their life. Heck that's 10 -12 hours EVERY day that they're not being used up. 4,380 hours saved (based on 12 hrs).

Could it matter?
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well led is rated for 100000 hours of useage. that is like 10 years. i think. so if you would want to add another 5 yeatrs to that you could but they are so cheap that it is almost not worht the money you spend on a timer. i think you can get the white ones for like $1 each.
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are moonlights necessary? I had always found the ocean becomes very very dark when you descend just a few feet down at night. Just was wondering why all nigh, i can understand the morning/evenings as that is like a gentle wakeup. any info, or links to info would be appreciated
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are moonlights necessary? I had always found the ocean becomes very very dark when you descend just a few feet down at night. Just was wondering why all nigh, i can understand the morning/evenings as that is like a gentle wakeup. any info, or links to info would be appreciated
But aren't the majority of aquarium fish living in that top couple of feet of the ocean anway? Usually on or near a reef? So they would be more used to the light.
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