Hello again, okay I had a few days to research your suggestions. All were excellent choices and all had the comparable light intensity I was accustomed too with my 48"Currents Satellite (2)double 65watt compact fluorescents with 10,000K white/460nm actinic blue. I decided on the 48" Currents-TrueLumen Pro LED
Strip light (marine fusion) at $215. Because of my past experience with this brand name. I wanted to stay with a true and tested manufacturer. Not that the Fennix Ray2 Led
or the Kessil LED
lights weren't as good or better or worse. They all were comparable in light intensity and color enhancement. Another factor for choosing the TrueLumen Pro was it had a little more white light at 12,000K and it's customizable. Allowing you to add more strips in series as your lighting needs change. You can add (2)30watt strips to one 60watt/24v transformer.
The Kessil LED
was the brightest and most expensive due to manufacturers recommendation for two fixtures for the size of my tank. At $225 each that would have been a $450 investment. The Fennix Ray2 was also comparable with 10,000K white/454nm actinic blue combo. Intensive PAR LED
to promote coral and plant growth. at $175.
Now for the BAD news. After doing my research and being well within the 7day return policy from my local pet shop. When I went back to return and exchange the Marineland Double Brights. They did not carry any of the LED
's mentioned. They would not refund my money. The best they could do was to give me store credit. I was very upset but I could understand. It was my fault for buying something without doing a little research. Next time I will get on this forum and wait for all the great advice before I buy anything for my tank. I will take Nano12g advice from that video he posted on the Fennix Monster Ray "color enhancing" LED
. I will just add it in conjunction with the Double Brights in a couple of months when more funds become available.
I want to thank all of you for all your help on this LED
issue. You made a believer in me on LED
's. I think LED
's is the way to go. They will replace T5, Compact Fluorescents and even Metal Halide. The save on electricity, they save on no more bulb replacement and save on heat transfer to your tanks water. With some more time they will be more affordable and a win-win situation for the aquarium hobbyist. Again many thanks.