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Old 12-18-2010, 10:37 AM   #11
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Congrats on the new lights. Yes, LEDs give you the benefit of MH without the heat or power consumption of bulb change associated with MH.
I'm guessing there is no adjustment for the fixtures, so you can't vary the light color (k value). How do you control the moonlight setting? Is there some built in timer?
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No, these fixtures do not have variable intensity. You can turn the actinic bulbs on independently of the 10k bulbs though. Even though moonlight is mentioned in the manufacturers website, they do not have a moonlight setting, I would consider it a dusk/dawn effect, not moonlight. There are two power supplies, with two power cords. You have to use an external timer for each color.

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Old 12-18-2010, 12:20 PM   #13
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i would be interested in PAR numbers. how do you like the look of them? i imagine they look 10k-12k ish? i hope this is enough light for your tank. i would have suggested more than a 150 watt halide if you wanted sps, clams and such.
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With both sets of bulbs on the light appears the same as my T5HO fixture, which had 12k bulbs and actinic. It is a brilliant white/blue light, and the water shimmers just like with metal halides, it's quite attractive.

They also sell a 90W unit that equals the PAR of a 200W, as well as a 120W that equals a 250W metal halide. I could of course add a third 60W for 450W equivalent of light, these fixtures are quite small, around 8 x 15". I wanted to go brighter, but the boss (wife) would not approve a PO for more money LOL.

By the way, I have two of these fixtures for a total of 300W of metal halide PAR, I'm not sure if that was apparent.
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well, if that doesn't work out for you, i can get you one stronger than a 250 watt halide for about 275 bucks.
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well, if that doesn't work out for you, i can get you one stronger than a 250 watt halide for about 275 bucks.
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Would those be too bright for a 55gallon?
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no. you would be able to keep whatever you wanted. clams, acropora....you name it. you could always raise them up a bit if you wanted to lower the PAR a bit. these don't dim, so you'll have to figure other ways to adjust them to your needs....hence the price.
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