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Old 07-04-2013, 01:10 AM   #1171
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I have a reef keeper elete and three non-dimmable tae Tronics what would I need or what what I need to tell the electrician to do to make them programmable

Wouldnt tell an electrician anything (yes I am one) we dont deal with programming, we can hook up a dimmable driver to them but to be honest building a control board and programming controllers is not an electricians scope of work. You should find an electronics guy who is familiar with diodes and programmable control boards.
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:49 PM   #1172
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It's a bit more complicated than that, but yes, you could build a electronic interface. A PCM driver uses the potentiometer to vary the drivers output. But there is no guarantee the voltage across the potentiometer is 0-10 volts. If it is, a simple interface would work fine. These fixtures are also available with electronic drivers that will interface with the reef keeper dimmer modules and others, but not from ebay as far as I can tell.
Where are they available with electronic drivers? I've been looking all over for them.

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Old 07-04-2013, 02:44 PM   #1173
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I emailed my guy in china. His factory offered them to me last year. They are different emitters that the tautonics. It came with its own electronic controller, but they told me it was Apex (and RKE) compatible. Will update you. Maybe we can set up a group buy.
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Old 07-04-2013, 03:04 PM   #1174
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Here is his web site. He gives me a pretty steep wholesale discount. As you can see, his retail prices are high. But look at the info.

http://apolloreefled.com/shop/catego...-led-lighting/

It's the shipping that gets you, so a big buy is the only way to get them a lot cheaper. Costs $165 to send just one by DHL. If patient, cheaper shipping is possible. Last picture is prototype.

I have 24 of his non-dimming fixtures for 3 years. From 90 watts to 300 watts. Only had one driver fail and it was a very early unit.

A few years ago I sent Mr_X one of the early panels to evaluate. If I recall, he thought it was a pretty similar panel to the taotronics. I could never import enough of them to get competitive with some on EBay, so I gave up. But that's what I use.

Last picture is the non-dimming 90 watt unit I use when space is a consideration.
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Old 07-04-2013, 04:07 PM   #1175
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What is the blue cat5 cable for? Programming or is it always connected?
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Old 07-04-2013, 04:22 PM   #1176
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It's always connected, it's the control channel that access's the dimmer controls.
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Old 07-04-2013, 06:28 PM   #1178
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Yikes. Too rich for my blood. And around the same price as the aqua illumination sols, which are Neptune plus certified, iirc.
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Yes, that's why I didn't distribute them. On his web site he is adding about $160 per fixture for shipping. I think my cost was around $218. But it is a Chinese electronically dimmable panel. Controller was 30 dollars and did cloud effects. It looks like it has some good LEDs in it.
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Old 07-04-2013, 06:41 PM   #1180
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Yikes. Too rich for my blood. And around the same price as the aqua illumination sols, which are Neptune plus certified, iirc.
I guess if you are a Apex user the Neptune Plus certification means something. Not sure it means much to me. The Rapid LED electronically dimmable fixture is over $300. The Sol is more than that. Radions are still $750. If you need lots of light, the manual dimming chinese panels are the best buy.
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