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Old 12-31-2012, 12:51 PM   #1
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Lighting your reef... Best bang for your buck.

As tax season approaches I've decided that I'm gonna bite the bullet and buy new lights on my 75g reef. I'm currently running a homemade 4 bulb T5ho fixture, that was my upgrade from a power compact. It's not as pretty as most fixtures but for now it's doing the job and i don't really have any corals, just some mushrooms, but I do have 2 nems. My husband and I talked and my budget will be around $900. It would be really awesome to not spend the full $900 on lights since I'm trying to get my predator tank operational and I would love to use some of that money to get it going. BUT if I have to spend a full $900 to get some awesome lights that would allow me to keep almost anything my little heart desires, so be it.

I've been looking around online and there are a couple of fixtures I've been looking at. The AI Sol super blues have caught my eye but the price has me a little sticker shocked since I would need a minimum of 2 for my 48" tank. I looked at the Aquactinics Solar Flare, again a whopping $850..... Thought about taking the MH route but the heat output and frequent bulb changes are turning me off. LED would probably be nice to save on energy costs, not to mention most are coming with timers and such. I guess I'm pretty confused on what the "best" is. Google searches tell conflicting stories & being a novice to saltwater I'm really not sure what I should go with. Would love some input on what would be the best bang for my buck! Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:59 PM   #2
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One word for you, Taotronics
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:04 PM   #3
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One word for you, Taotronics
Please elaborate! Lol! I'm lights illiterate & my service sucks and id love to not spend 1/2 an hour trying to pull it up on google lmbo! I was up till 330am last night looking at lights & that was only looking at 5 fixtures, seriously cannot wait to get my Internet hooked up!!
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:05 PM   #4
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I agree. I bought the taotronics and am very happy with them. People say the fans are loud but I can hardly hear mine. For a fraction of your $900 limit you can't go wrong.
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Chinese dimmable leds (taotronics) they come in dimmable and non dimmable and I believe 120-240 watt selection. Lots of people have switched over to them in the last year or two. They don't have the programmable options like sols or anything but they are still very effective and you could get 2 for 3-4 hundred.
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:11 PM   #6
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Chinese dimmable leds (taotronics) they come in dimmable and non dimmable and I believe 120-240 watt selection. Lots of people have switched over to them in the last year or two. They don't have the programmable options like sols or anything but they are still very effective and you could get 2 for 3-4 hundred.
Reallllly?!?? That would be pretty perfect! I'm gonna google them now would absolutely LOVE to not drop $900 on JUST lights!
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Oh I feel you there... I spent about $700 on lights and then I found the taotronics.... Very dissapointing lmao.
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Oh I feel you there... I spent about $700 on lights and then I found the taotronics.... Very dissapointing lmao.
Lol! I was blown away by the prices of some of these lights! The super blues are so enticing! Thunderstorms? Clouds? Moon phases? Disappointing when I seem that 2 is the bare minimum for 5 bills a piece I was like ohhh Emmmm geeee!!!
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Search for them on eBay.
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Just put this in your search line on ebay- dimmable led aquarium light
Now they are even making them with reds and greens. Those I haven't seen in person, but I have the blue and white only and I like the way they look, and grow coral.
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