Originally Posted by Holygral
Considering LEDs last 10 years, I'll pay more money for high quality American made vs cheap Chinese made, there are many post of cheap Chinese made lights bringing broken after 6 months or being opened up at a year and be completly rusted. You get what you pay for in LEDs, skimmers and rodi
units, but that's just my opinion.
Can you please provide info on these panels breaking down after 6 months-year?
Reviews on this forum, RC,R2R, and various others are strongly proving otherwise. There do seem to be a few cases where the panel does break down early, but the rate is quite low. Extremely low enough where the gamble so to speak is clearly coming out in the hobbyists favor.
The performance of these lights when measured in PAR is meeting or exceeding that of the more expensive "quality" panels. I've measured and compared the PAR numbers myself as I have 3 radions hanging on my larger DT in addition to a Chinese panel over my 60g cube. Had I known then what I do now, I would not have purchased the radions and went with the cheaper chinese panels. In the end, at least for me, the extras that many of the more expensive and quality fixtures provide do not justify their ridiculous price tag.