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Old 04-18-2012, 01:43 AM   #31
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That's a pretty good price on those panels. Mine use a controller and are connected with CAT5 cable. But these look fine.
One hint, they suck in a lot of air, and like a computer the interior parts hold a static charge causing the unit to become a dust magnet.
Take a strip of thin filter material used for your heaters cold air return and fasten it across the back of the fans. Clean this once a month and it will add life to your panels.
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Old 04-18-2012, 01:54 AM   #32
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What about a good ol can'o'air from time to time, greg? If it's like computer parts then it should be good (i work with computers).
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Sure, a vacuum works as well, but using the filters, you won't have to disassemble the fixture to clean it. Just like a computer, when they get full of dust they don't cool properly.
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So my first panel was shipped today I should be receiving it Saturday or Monday...question would it be ok to take my lights off I have now and put only the led on so the corals can adjust the add the other with in a couple weeks or is there not gonna be adequate lighting?
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I know this might sound like a stupid suggestion, but is there any way you could have old t5's hang over half the tank and slowly lower the new led set over the other half.

Or I would say do that or wait until you get both and acclimate your whole tank to the new lights all at once.
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I don't know there is a reason to not try that test out. But I think I would wait until you had both, then bring them to full intensity over at least a week by using some diffuser, even wax paper, or a piece of white bed sheet under the light would work, to cut the light back and bring it onto the corals in stages.
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I like using a roll of window screen. cover the tank with maybe 3 layers. remove one a week and that should be a big help.
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I don't know there is a reason to not try that test out. But I think I would wait until you had both, then bring them to full intensity over at least a week by using some diffuser, even wax paper, or a piece of white bed sheet under the light would work, to cut the light back and bring it onto the corals in stages.
You really think that a week is enough time to bring LEDs up to full power? When I switch over from my 36 to 55, I will be going from 4 T5HO to 2 Radions. I am running the radions on their lowest setting and will have my corals in or close to the sand bed to avoid cooking them and even turning them up 10% a day will only put them at 80% by weeks end...thats if they even need to be turned up that high.

Due to these LEDs not being dimmable, wouldn't say a multi layered screen setup be best so that as time goes by a screen can be removed to slowly increase the intensity?
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You really think that a week is enough time to bring LEDs up to full power? When I switch over from my 36 to 55, I will be going from 4 T5HO to 2 Radions. I am running the radions on their lowest setting and will have my corals in or close to the sand bed to avoid cooking them and even turning them up 10% a day will only put them at 80% by weeks end...thats if they even need to be turned up that high.

Due to these LEDs not being dimmable, wouldn't say a multi layered screen setup be best so that as time goes by a screen can be removed to slowly increase the intensity?
You may be right. A week would be a minimum in my mind, a month even better. Yes, I would use some layers of screen and remove them slowly. Or drop the light down from up high if you have room. Why spend so much on lights that you feel you can't even turn all the way up? To me it's like buying a Porsche and only doing 55 mph in it all the time.
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So decided to wait until I get both lights but man I wish I had ordered them both at the same time lol. But I think what I'm gonna try is the wax paper because I don't really know where to get the window tint...might be a silly question but should the LEDs make the coral in my corals stand out more? I mean like brighter and have more of a pop? Right now they look ok but would love to have them look like they do when bought or like how I see other peoples tanks with leds
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