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Old 01-12-2012, 09:00 AM   #21
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I just bought and sold 2 led panels, 120watt with 1 watt leds. I got them from online and they were chinese made. BUT in the proper tank I think they wouldnt have been too bad. I bought them for my 60g cube build but put one over my 20g tank and it was burning out my corals. lol So I sold them off and purchased a single 120watt 3 watt led fixture. This one also is from china but from discussions with others on the forum I feel will be enough light for a 24" deep tank.

The AI sol's are good lights as far as penetration from what I hear but the spread may be a bit narrow. They come with great reviews MOSTLY, cause there are some that don't like them but overall they seem like a good option.
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LEDs are the present and future as long as u buy the proper ones. The AI sol's are good, the custom crew units are awesome if u can have someone build one for you or do it yourself if u are VERY proficient on electrical wiring and figuring out amps and wattage. I have the coral maxx II very strong lights just wish they had a dimmer.
Right now the radions are prb the best fixtures out there but abt 700$ a piece. There are also a couple very high end units out of europe that are completly customizable.
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Old 01-12-2012, 01:03 PM   #23
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anything using a Cree LED with proper configuration will get the job done well.

i'm a big fan of DIY (i'm a tradesman what can i say) so i personally want to buy a DIY kit from rapidled.com for my own LED hood. its not only cheaper buy i get my jollies out of doing it and i can build a fixture to my own specs with a good RGB spectrum of light

to light a whole 220g reef that i want to build requires 108 LEDs for sps and clams and will cost me less the $1000 with all required LEDs drivers and heatsinks even with the plywood to build the canopy it will still be under that mark
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Old 01-12-2012, 02:50 PM   #24
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This is all good and well if you are proficient in electronics.

I feel most people are not and are more likely to set the house alight, something I'm not willing to risk undertaking.

I'll leave it to AI, by the way Rick, that Vega fixture looks SUPERB!!

Balls to halides, I'll have one of those!!
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I hear the Orphek LED fixtures are the best to date. I'll build my own first.
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The orpex's are also awesome that was one of the names I couldn't think of. I haven't personally seen them yet but I have seen the radions and they really are stellar. And im with u leighton wouldn't trust my electrical ability and I consider myself pretty proficient with my hands and building things.
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well i am an electrician :P but rapid led also sells the plug and play stuff with quick connects so all you have to do is plug in each LED, pretty simple
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They may as well do that bit for you, plain lazy.

It's not worth the agro for us Europeans.

Id sooner just pay for one that works when I put the plug in the wall, straight out the box.
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But at least for my tank, your talking a difference of thousands of dollars.
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