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Old 11-25-2013, 02:11 AM   #11
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I'm interested in the digital one from Coralife. Anyone have experience with newer version? I need 1 to control Whites, 1 for blues, & moonlights...
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Old 11-25-2013, 11:45 AM   #12
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I'm interested in the digital one from Coralife. Anyone have experience with newer version? I need 1 to control Whites, 1 for blues, & moonlights...
I never bought one but I looked into them when deciding on a timer for my lights. Based on what I've read they don't work like you would think. Single timer. Blue and white alternates at the time set. Meaning whites are on and then at designated time whites turn off and blues turn on. Not on independent times for blue/white sockets. You would need to get the one with a mechanical timer on each end to control the lights independently.
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Yup! I know that now, didn't get a chance to view your response before I made the purchase. Thinking about just repurchasing the Brinks one I returned and run the Blues on that one, and the whites off the power center. That will work I hope!
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Can't cancel the order or return it when you get it? Another brinks is probably more cost effective. Unless you put the alternate light plugs for fuge lighting. that you would actually want on an opposite light schedule.
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Old 11-25-2013, 03:43 PM   #15
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So should I just get to Brinks timers? Will that work?
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Old 11-25-2013, 04:13 PM   #16
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I don't see why not. But only if you can return the coralife.
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Old 11-25-2013, 04:45 PM   #17
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If you're willing to drop $120 digital aquatics has a great reefkeeper lite system that can control each cord by itself so you could turn on one light at a time and turn them off that way. It also has random storms that can come trough where it fashes your lights. You can expand it too and it can controle your power heads, heater, pumps, whatever you want. I just got one for my dosing pumps and i'm impressed on what this thing can do for a relatively inexpensive peice....
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If you're willing to drop $120 digital aquatics has a great reefkeeper lite system that can control each cord by itself so you could turn on one light at a time and turn them off that way. It also has random storms that can come trough where it fashes your lights. You can expand it too and it can controle your power heads, heater, pumps, whatever you want. I just got one for my dosing pumps and i'm impressed on what this thing can do for a relatively inexpensive peice....
That's a good option, but to get anything but on and off controls for the lighting channels requires lights that can accept the voltage commands that ramp the lights up and down, and the lighting module for the Reefkeeper. In its simplest form, it will dependably switch the whites and blues on independently.
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Yeah I'm just now sure exactly how it would work. My T5 fixture has 4 bulbs. There's is two separate cords, 1 controls White +Blue, and the other blue + blue. My light schedule is 10:00-12:00 blue. Then 12:00-6:00 white +blue. Then 6:00-8:00 blue +blue. So how would I make this work?
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Old 11-25-2013, 06:48 PM   #20
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Barring catastrophe, I'm not looking to invest anymore in hardware. I'm a college student and it's challenging. I don't mind purchasing the Brinks outlets, they are relatively inexpensive.
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