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Old 10-22-2013, 09:05 PM   #1391
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Holy inflated prices, batdog...supermart168's "full spectrum" fixtures are up to $235 now...I can get Tao's with built-in timers for less from Amazon.
I assume you're referring to the $219.99 taotronics 120w on Amazon? Does anyone have the programmable version? It sells for $399.99 on Amazon. If so, any thoughts as to whether the extra $180 is worth the money?
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:58 AM   #1392
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I just got two 120 watt panels from a Chinese company that really did a fantastic job. They have 3 channels, 26 LEDs each on 1 and 2 and 3 LEDs on 3. Channels 1 and 2 have knob dimmers and channel 3 is simply on/off. They also have built in digital timers which control all 3 channels. They are heavy duty metal casing as well. They do custom light setups as well. I customized mine to be very similar to the aquailumination hydra fifty two lights. I am very pleased with them.

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These are fully programmable? Why the dimmer knobs?
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Old 10-23-2013, 11:09 AM   #1393
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These are fully programmable? Why the dimmer knobs?
My guess is the programming is basic on/off and maybe dimming up/down to the level set by the dimmers.
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Old 10-23-2013, 01:40 PM   #1394
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That's the same timer as the tt-al16's and as you suspect it only performs basic on/off for three color channels blue/white/moonlights and there is the option of multiple on/off cycles per channel in case you want to run multiple photoperiods throughout the day
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Correct, just on/off function. Channels 1 and 2 are manual dimming. Channel 3 is only on/off. However they offer units with digital dimming and on/off but they cost more, like $260 each.
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:20 PM   #1396
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Do you have any pictures with the lights on I just am not smart enough to figure out all the specs to figure out what I want I have 400 to spend on LEDs I would need two I think I seen where Mrx had described the ones he had and I think he has what I want maybe I should get ahold of him to. I want the best of both worlds ones that will grow good coral and ones that really make the colors pop I have the orbit or current now with the two 150w halides and two of the 130w power compact actinic one of the actinic burnt out and I don't want to spend the 65 bucks for a new one when I'm going to be switching to LEDs they don't make my colors pop the way I want anyways the color is kinda right but they just don't seem bright enough
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:56 PM   #1397
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Look at the taotronic tt-al09 on Amazon. $169 each shipped to your door. Total on two was $329. Shipping is free and no sales tax for me either. They're dimmable which you will want. I think that's the cheapest I've found right now.
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Old 10-24-2013, 08:05 PM   #1398
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Reefbreeders.com. Two value fixtures and you deal with a good service, American rep. You could even get optics for under $400 for two.
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Do you have any pictures with the lights on I just am not smart enough to figure out all the specs to figure out what I want I have 400 to spend on LEDs I would need two I think I seen where Mrx had described the ones he had and I think he has what I want maybe I should get ahold of him to. I want the best of both worlds ones that will grow good coral and ones that really make the colors pop I have the orbit or current now with the two 150w halides and two of the 130w power compact actinic one of the actinic burnt out and I don't want to spend the 65 bucks for a new one when I'm going to be switching to LEDs they don't make my colors pop the way I want anyways the color is kinda right but they just don't seem bright enough
This is in another topic but here's some pics showing the difference between full spectrum and straight b/w

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This is in another topic but here's some pics showing the difference between full spectrum and straight b/w
I have both and I prefer the warmer look on the right. Great side by side pictures. Is the fist panel more blues than whites? Mine look whiter but are 50/50 blue and white. The extra two red LEDs and the violet ones (uv) warm the colors up. It's just up to the individual as to what they like the most.
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