Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > General Hardware/Equipment Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 11-17-2011, 11:10 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Toronto
Posts: 39
Exclamation MarineLand Reef LED "Capable" review

.Hey Guys/Gals,

Just thought I'd share this with you.

About 5 months ago I bought a couple Marineland LED lights - one being the Double and the other the Reef Light.. After only 4 1/2 months with the reef lights I came home to find the light really dim and touched the connection to the light from the adapter - it was SCREAMING HOT... and actually had started melting the end of the light. I really think if I'd come home later that night, or it had started to malfunction earlier, I might have had a fire on my hands.

As for the long life of the LED's, I'd already had 6 bulbs out... so - not so good.

The next morning I took it back to my LFS and the guy there said that he'd had two brought back already with bad bulbs in them. The manager ended up giving me full credit for the purchase return and I replaced it with a T5 HO system - with a nice store credit to boot!

Definitely happy with the store, but not so much with the LED's they definitely still need some R & D yet... I have to say that the Reef Capable LED's actually look brighter than the T5 HO, but my open brain coral wasn't happy with the LEDs like it is with the T5's.

Thought anyone thinking of LED's should know my experience - if you go to buy them, make sure your LFS has a great return policy.
__________________

__________________
Wlegrow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2011, 02:08 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
BigJim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Oak Forest, IL
Posts: 4,388
I think it was crappy diodes and crappy construction that caused the LEDs to crash. I built a simple 24" LED fixture using two rows of five Cree XR-E 3W diodes for my 20H and it works great. It's been running for maybe a year. It does get warm, nearly hot, but not quite, to the touch, but the only thing I'm using for a heat sink is the aluminum square tubing the fixture is built from. I made sure to put some thermal compound between the LED star plate and the tubing. You're making me glad that I cheaped out and built my own rather than going with the Marineland stuff.
__________________

__________________
ďA man's errors are his portals of discovery.Ē
Guide to The Fishless Cycle Cycling With Fish
My DIY LED Light Fixture
Feel free to PM me directly with questions.
BigJim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2011, 02:19 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Toronto
Posts: 39
You're probably right. I'm glad you're having good luck with yours! Good job.
__________________
Wlegrow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2011, 08:15 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
ClamSnorkler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: FL
Posts: 81
I bought 2 truelumen pro 12k& actinic blue LED strips lil' over week ago. So far practically no heat at all, they come w/ a nice heatsink. I love how they look & the way they should drop my bill!!! Need to give more time for complete review tho. Just added a mushroom & zoanthids frag. Neither require much but i hope they like it.
__________________
ClamSnorkler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2011, 08:27 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Toronto
Posts: 39
Nice - I'm looking forward to hearing about it!
__________________
Wlegrow is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
cap, led, marineland, reef

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Aquaclear 30 Review pleechford Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 6 11-14-2011 01:34 PM
Plants from Sweetaquatics Review CleverBs Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 0 10-14-2011 06:51 PM
Review my stocking! Herotilapia_Multispinosa Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 4 07-31-2011 11:35 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:16 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.