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Old 08-09-2012, 02:45 PM   #21
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So 2 of them would be fine for 48"? And your saying by buying 2 of those $189 fixtures, I'll be absolutely fine with those? All for $400? Really....
People cant gloat enough when talking about how little they spent on lighting
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Old 08-09-2012, 02:49 PM   #22
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Wow. Looks like I'm going with LEDs. I might buy another one just to have 3 since they're so cheap lol.
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Old 08-09-2012, 03:16 PM   #23
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What if l got 2 of these? This is a 90 gallon tank so we all know.

http://www.amazon.com/TaoTronics-TT-..._petsupplies_2
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Old 08-09-2012, 04:17 PM   #24
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tagging along on this as i'm in the same boat about my lighting.
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Old 08-09-2012, 04:28 PM   #25
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I started the move to Chinese panels and got the snot kicked out of me on this forum early on. Time has passed and more people have taken the plung, so yes, there is more support using these panels. Tautronics is just a importer that sells on EBay and Amazon. Their panels seem to work fine. I got mine directly from the factory in China as I import things in my business sometimes. They all look identical even though built by several plants. When I distributed them, I also got spare parts so I could fix them as well. But the Internet price was so cheap, I abandoned the resale of these to build my own light. Besides the forum moderators gave me heck every time I mentioned I sold them. I sold panels from 60 watts to 400 watts.

The panels you showed use the same emitters powered at 3 watts each. The first of these used 120 emitters powered at only 1 watt each, then they went with 2 watts, now at 3 watts. Same parts generally. If the factory has done a good job of heat sinking these parts, all will be well. I have 840 watts of LEDs split between the display tank and the algae turf scrubber system. Running for 4 years, I have had one panel fail. 1/3 of the panel went dark. It was a early panel, so the LED was not replaceable. Since then, the panels have been upgraded (some of it at my insistence) and should not have this issue anymore. My tank is shown in pictures and videos that LED can and will grow about any kind of coral you want.
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Old 08-09-2012, 04:34 PM   #26
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So to sum all of that up....you're telling me to go with what kind of LED lights?
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Old 08-09-2012, 04:39 PM   #27
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The taotronics led panels are extremely powerful. I hang mine a foot above my tank with a layer of window screen over the lights. This still enables me to grow all of my corals (including an SPS). I would get the dimmable version if you can.
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Old 08-09-2012, 04:41 PM   #28
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Sweet. I'll go with 2 of them then. I just don't want one to break or something happen where I'd waste money where I'd just need to go out and buy something better anyway.
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You shouldn't be disappointed with what I saw you looking at.
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I'll add my 2 cents, spend $20 extra and get the dimmable taotronics, you will not regret it, that way you can tune the color and intensity that you want, and look into a DIY led setup, it may not be for you, but with a little research and work you can build your own led to your exact specs. Although it will be hard to beat the taotronics in price per watt. It's something I believe is worth looking into. I built my own 120w led panel using 10w hybrid blue/white emitters for a 47g column tank, I am now building a 135g reef tank and I'm debating between the taotronics and another homebrew light. I bought a taotronics dimmable fixture for my sisters 27g cube tank and she is very pleased with it.
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