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Old 02-11-2014, 08:02 AM   #1
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metal halide vs led

hey guys i want to know your honest opinions on what you think about this topic. what do you think about the light qualiity of both. i know metal halide is more expensive in the long run but the lighting is more natural. led are better for your pocket but is the light as close to natural as halides. please discuss what you think thanks
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Old 02-11-2014, 08:45 AM   #2
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I like LEDs. They run cool, they last for years, and can be dirt cheap. Not to mention you can get them dimmable.
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Kessil leds have more shimmer than a metal halide and leds are much cooler and use less electricity. Personally, I think leds are better.
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I am going a bit overkill with my lights I got a fixture that's got 2 400watt halides they are gonna sit 2 and a bit foot over the top and run fans hopefully I don't cook everything
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Working under those must be hard and very hot.
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I haven't set it up just yet I'm going to do it when I have a week or so off work so I can't try acclimate my corals to the light and I'm building a stand for the tank the steel should be arriving tomorrow so I can begin
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I think it's a mistake using 800 watts of metal halide when you can probably get away with 240 watts of LED, and never change a bulb for the life of your tank. LEDs can grow and color corals just as well as metal halide.
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It really depends on what you have in your tank, if it's a reef you will need some powerful LEDs but if it's just a community tank what ever lights the tank will really do.

I had MT until a few months ago when I changed over to a full programmable led system and honestly it took about a month for the corals to be themselves again but now I'm seeing growth like never before. But that's hard to determine what exactly is causing it. It could just be the photoperiod that's programmed... I currently have the lunar cycle programmed which was a pretty cool option!

Also depending on what corals you have. Is your tank full of sps or Lps...

Each tank is different and just from my experience in 5 tanks over 20 years each ecosystem was running a little different to what was in the water.
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I'm getting the fixture for free it's the best I can do for now especially since my gf is having our baby in just over a month money's got a bit tight the power bill will be bad but we can cope for a while
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And iv only got a 2ft t5ho on my 4ft tank right now :/
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