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Old 08-14-2013, 03:48 PM   #1231
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Does anyone know if the Taotronics LEDs are compatible withe the Apex Controller?
There are at least two different Tao units that I've seen on amazon with built in controllers, I recently picked up the less expensive ones and have had them @ a week so far and all my corals (with the exception of a couple Duncans) are loving them
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Old 08-14-2013, 03:58 PM   #1232
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The Taos do not interface with controllers, unless you use an interface that can turn the knobs. There is a Chinese led panel that does, but Taos doesn't distribute them to my knowledge. RapidLED has a Onyx fixture that is full spectrum and does interface to controllers. It's just over $300 though.
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Old 08-14-2013, 04:03 PM   #1233
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hey Gregcoyote have you heard anything about these lights?
http://www.aquastyleonline.com/produ...mable-Kit.html
im setting up a 20 gallon reef and would like to keep more than just lps and sps. it is a 20 high would i be better off getting the dimmable chinese led that I've heard mentioned on here quite a few times
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Old 08-14-2013, 04:06 PM   #1234
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There are at least two different Tao units that I've seen on amazon with built in controllers, I recently picked up the less expensive ones and have had them @ a week so far and all my corals (with the exception of a couple Duncans) are loving them
Model #'s are TT-AL12 and TT-AL16
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Old 08-14-2013, 04:11 PM   #1235
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hey Gregcoyote have you heard anything about these lights?
http://www.aquastyleonline.com/produ...mable-Kit.html
im setting up a 20 gallon reef and would like to keep more than just lps and sps. it is a 20 high would i be better off getting the dimmable chinese led that I've heard mentioned on here quite a few times
These kits use Bridgelux 3 watt LED's which is what's in the dimmable $129 Taotronics unit I believe. I love DIY, but is it worth $30 to build it yourself? One advantage is you could add a few red and green LED's to warm up the spectrum, but that's only for looks, the coral doesn't care.

Your question stated you wanted to keep stuff more than LPS and SPS? They are about as hard as it gets on lighting, so I would guess a dimmable led fixture would suit you fine.
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Old 08-14-2013, 04:37 PM   #1236
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These kits use Bridgelux 3 watt LED's which is what's in the dimmable $129 Taotronics unit I believe. I love DIY, but is it worth $30 to build it yourself?
hmm I'm going to have to think on it. either way i wouldn't be able hang the taos on the ceiling, they would have to be wall mounted. so I'm thinking of building a sleek looking shelf with the diy ones. do you think the light would be more spread out with the diy?
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Old 08-14-2013, 05:09 PM   #1237
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Do taotronics have to be hung. I have mine sitting on the top of my canopy. They sit about a foot from the surface of the water
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As long as they are venting properly and not getting wet, they don't care.
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Ok thanks. I figured it was fine but thought it would be wise to double check
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The spread of the light is controlled by the type of lenses you put on the emitters. A 90 degree lens will allow more spread for the height, but a 60 degree lens focus's more light to the sand bed. With no lens the emitters spread the light to about 180 degrees, wasting much of the emitters energy.
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