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Old 01-08-2014, 03:56 PM   #1
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LED vs LED

i'm thinking of going to replace my quad T5HO with 1 LED for my regular 29gal reef tank. since i'm new to the LED realm but would like to keep some acro like red dragon and rose milli, what are some good eBay LEDs out there? my budget is preferably under $150. If i must, i can go for up to $250. the fixture has to be dimmable and hopefully with some sort of timer or programming capability. can someone just guide me through this process?

i came across these two and can't tell the difference other than the wattage.
Evergrow Dimmable Full Spectrum D120 120W LED Light for Reef Saltwater Aquarium | eBay
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Dimmable 165W LED Aquarium Light Full Spectrum UV Tank Reef Coral Marine Grow | eBay
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Old 01-08-2014, 04:26 PM   #2
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Wattage for one is a huge difference.
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Old 01-08-2014, 04:56 PM   #3
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am not familiar with those two brands but I have both the TaoTronics and value reefbreeders on my tank but they are not the ones that have the timers on them.
Mine are dimmable though and went to home depot and bought those timers to hook the lights up to.
These are the ones I have on my tank:
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TaoTronics® TT-AL09 165w Dimmable Led Aquarium Lights Aquarium Hoods Led Reef Light for Coral Fish Seaweed (55*3w, Blue/White Ratio- 28:27; Two-Year Warranty) - Amazon.com

I think the one for TaoTronics that are dimmable/programmable are out of stock but here is the link to the ones for Reefbreeders:

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or you could go with the Photon 16

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There are alot of people on here using the taotronic dimmables. I have two units over my 90, very bright you should be able to keep anything you like with them.
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There are alot of people on here using the taotronic dimmables. I have two units over my 90, very bright you should be able to keep anything you like with them.
is the ability to program worth the extra $100? regular taotronic is only around $160 but the programmable one is really over my budget. but if it's worth it, I will suck up the cost one way or the other. I do have 2 timers by coralife
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I just use two timers one turns on and off the blues the other turns on and off the whites
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This is killing my brain cells. what's the difference between photon24 and photon16? photon24 has fewer LEDs but is more expensive than photon16. and 90 degrees optics are better than 120 degree because it focuses the light better correct?
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Here...cheap and effective. Buy 2 timers from walmart.

New Dimmable 120W Aquarium Coral Reef Fish Tank White Blue LED Light Black Shell | eBay

Optics are for deep tanks. You are fine with 120 degree.
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This is what I'm currently using

TaoTronics® TT-AL16 120w Dimmable Timmer Led Aquarium Light Coral Reef Tank Light with Moonlights,Dimmable with Inner Digital Timer, Optical lens in High Par Value (Dimmable and Timmer)
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Here...cheap and effective. Buy 2 timers from walmart.

New Dimmable 120W Aquarium Coral Reef Fish Tank White Blue LED Light Black Shell | eBay

Optics are for deep tanks. You are fine with 120 degree.
Doug, do you know anything about this? it looks a lot like the reefbreeder LED. the only thing preventing me from pulling the trigger for the unit you suggested is the timer or the lack of. the place where i'm going to hang it doesn't have enough space and the outlets for everything else.
24" Dimmable Dusk Dawn Timer Saltwater Coral Tank LED Aquarium Light Fixture | eBay
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