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Old 07-01-2014, 01:05 AM   #11
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Use the dimmer. And watch the whites.


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Old 07-03-2014, 03:54 PM   #12
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I heard since these lights aren't UL listed they aren't safe to put close to the water. Has anyone had issues with shocks like some of the reviews said? I was leaning towards these but ended up going with the orbit marine 48 inch instead.


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Old 07-03-2014, 04:39 PM   #13
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No electronics are safe close to water unless they are waterproof. There's not a fixture out there that you can trust for this purpose. UL listed has nothing to do with it. It simply means they were made overseas and quality checked by them, and not Underwriters Laboratories.
The orbits are quite limited. You can't keep sps under them and anemones are questionable.
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Old 07-03-2014, 05:27 PM   #14
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Yeah I found that out after purchasing. For now the orbits are on the tank since it will be FOWLR to begin with, but will switch lights before start getting corals and such. So what would be the best recommendation for a hooded tank then. I like the orbits because they don't produce much heat, and since I don't have a huge amount of ventilation in the hood. Do you think the tao's will work well?


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I use them. They work quite well over my tank, but for a tank with a hood I don't think this is the right choice, unless the hood is quite tall. What size tank are we talking about and how much space is under the hood? there's also the option of cutting a rectangular hole(s) in the top of the hood and sitting the fixture(s) on top.
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Old 07-04-2014, 10:41 AM   #16
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75 gallon with a 4-6 inch tall hood. Will get pics soon


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Old 07-04-2014, 02:30 PM   #17
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I would cut 2 holes in the top of your hood and sit the fixtures on top. Cut the holes slightly smaller than the fixtures and you won't need any sort of hanging kit.
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Old 07-04-2014, 02:34 PM   #18
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That may be an option. Here is the hood.

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Unfortunately, cutting the holes will force you to have to manually remove the fixtures when opening the hood, unless you use some straps or something to affix the fixtures to the lid so when you open it up to feed, they won't slide off.....but then you will be blinded while you do your tank maintenance.
Also, if you go this route, I would suggest buying units with 120 degree optics, so you can evenly light the entire tank with no shadowing in the corners or middle. I would hold the lights about as high as the hood first to make sure they are far enough away before cutting the holes.
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Do you think the kessil a360's would be better?


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