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Old 04-29-2013, 04:21 PM   #811
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For folks that have been running these lights for a while, what's their long-term performance looking like? I'm guessing that the first things to fail would be the fans, which are easy enough to replace. Hopefully, they last "long enough" to make the cost worthwhile, otherwise, having to replace them more than once would put the cost into the mid- to high-range fixtures sold elsewhere (just for the fixture, not counting potential livestock loss).
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:41 PM   #812
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I have an SPS dominant tank with excellent growth...more than I had with metal halides
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:54 PM   #813
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For folks that have been running these lights for a while, what's their long-term performance looking like? I'm guessing that the first things to fail would be the fans, which are easy enough to replace. Hopefully, they last "long enough" to make the cost worthwhile, otherwise, having to replace them more than once would put the cost into the mid- to high-range fixtures sold elsewhere (just for the fixture, not counting potential livestock loss).
Well you pay what you gets. You will gamble on it but because really just cost around 150 to 200 range, so it wouldn't be much of a lost even if you only use it for 6 month.
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For folks that have been running these lights for a while, what's their long-term performance looking like? I'm guessing that the first things to fail would be the fans, which are easy enough to replace. Hopefully, they last "long enough" to make the cost worthwhile, otherwise, having to replace them more than once would put the cost into the mid- to high-range fixtures sold elsewhere (just for the fixture, not counting potential livestock loss).
Over three months now and nothing but awesome growth all around. My Sps has doubled in size on average all the way across the board and my clams are taking off. Plenty of par coming off these fixtures and no problems at all.
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:58 PM   #815
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Well you pay what you gets. You will gamble on it but because really just cost around 150 to 200 range, so it wouldn't be much of a lost even if you only use it for 6 month.
Yes, but if you wind up having to replace it 2 or 3 times in the course of 18 months, you might as well have bought a more expensive rig (which could still fail, but as you say, you get what you pay for...most of the time).
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Yes, but if you wind up having to replace it 2 or 3 times in the course of 18 months, you might as well have bought a more expensive rig (which could still fail, but as you say, you get what you pay for...most of the time).
There's quite a few members of this forum that had there fixtures for well over a year
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2 and 3 years actually.
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:38 PM   #818
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I have about 30 of these Chinese panels running for over 2 years now. Have lost one panel and two drivers. They are pretty primitive inside, but work fine. At what they cost, I consider them expendable if they last at least 5 years. They grow coral very well, just don't underestimate them as they will burn corals.
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I believe the ones I got off of amazon come with a two year warranty
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:17 PM   #820
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If you're going to buy lights, at some point you have to make a choice. You can argue this point or that, but when it comes right down to it, the final choice is yours. If you feel paying $600 for a light and think that's the best option then do it. I picked up my light for $185 after taxes, etc. I'm happy it runs great and I don't regret my choice. I followed the advice of a very X-perienced refer and I'm happy I did, plus it came with a 2 year warranty. Good luck on what you choose.
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