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Old 05-13-2011, 07:51 PM   #1
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Lighting question

Hi all, I found a wavepoint fixture on sale but I don't know much about the brand. Does anyone have any information or experience with wavepoint?
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I don't have any personal experience with them, but have heard good things. I think you could find some comparable fixtures though that aren't quite as expensive.

What specific fixture are you looking at, and what tank is it going on?
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Old 05-14-2011, 05:10 PM   #3
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I am looking at a 4x54 10kK. No fan as it says the solid body acts as the heat sink, but no fins? No internal timer and the cost is $240. The fixture is going on a 72g bowfront that is a little over 23" deep . I also starting with lights i can grow under a standard t-8 and will work my way up from there. i will also be running CO2. I had found a decent fixture from Catalina for $189. Am I looking at too much light?
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Sorry, its a 48" fixture.
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That is a lot of light. Are you planning to run CO2 if you aren't already? Are you prepared to dose multiple types of fertilizer multiple times per week?

4Ft/4Bulbs fixture <- that fixture is almost exactly the same, and costs $100 less...
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Both the wavepoint and the FNI are good, I'd pick the FNI purely because there seems to be no added features to the wavepoint, so why pay more?
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That is a lot of light. Are you planning to run CO2 if you aren't already? Are you prepared to dose multiple types of fertilizer multiple times per week?

4Ft/4Bulbs fixture <- that fixture is almost exactly the same, and costs $100 less...
Did not know I would have to dose that much. What if I changed the bulbs to 6700k? I will be running CO2.
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6700K is the optimal color temp It will grow plants very well. At 4XT5HO, you will be at 3-4 WPG of very strong lighting. You will most likely end up having to dose N, P, K, and trace. If you use Estimative Index (EI) dosing, you could dose each of those once a week... but you will have definite nutrient deficiencies under this lighting if you aren't keeping careful watch.
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I have found a 3x54 and of course a 2x54. At 67k which would you recommend?
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This is a good chart to get an idea of what you are working with. These assume that the t5ho fixtures are ones with nice parabolic reflectors, which is what you would be getting into. It's just a guesstimate, but it will give you some idea.

The higher lighting you do, the harder it is to keep things balanced, and at some point, balancing it out just isn't possible (or infeasible anyhow)

PAR vs Distance, T5, T12, PC - Updated Charts
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Thank you all for the advice, I think I am going to follow the chart for a 3 or 4 bulb. I guess I can always take a bulb out of commission if I go 4 bulb. Will definitely go 65k or 67k.
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