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Old 03-05-2015, 10:01 AM   #1
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Upgraded Lighting Concerns

So I'm looking at swapping out my 6 current T12's with a custom LED array, and I'm curious what results (either good or bad) you experts might expect this change to bring.

It's a 100g heavily planted tank. 24" from lights to substrate. Dirted, PPS Pro daily ferts with CO2 injection. Currently my T12's produce just under 2200 lumens each, for a total of just over 13,000 lumens. Looking at replacing those with 8 30w chips that produce 2800 lumens each, for a total of over 22,000 lumens. I want to stick with 8 chips to eliminate any spotlight effects, but of I have to drop the wattage?

I currently have a hard time getting enough light at the substrate level to grow a lot and I'm hoping that the increase will help WITHOUT making the upper level a pure algae farm. Thoughts?

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