Hi. I have a question regarding an effective lighting method. I have a 48'' nova extreme light. For those that are not familiar with this light, it has four power cords. 1 for the fan, 1 for the lunar lights, 1 for the white lights and 1 for the actenics. I just bought a digital Coralife Aqualight(hopefully someone is familiar with this timer).
Here is my thinking on the way I would like to set up the lights. For arguments sake, I am just going to use times to illustrate my point, not necessarily actual.
10:00am - actinics on/fan on
1:00 pm - whites on
7:00 pm - whites off
10:00 pm - actinics off/fan off
lunar lights are constant on(LED
The problem I am having is that this timer does not seem to offer this diversity. It has 2 daytime outlets and 2 nighttime outlets, which cannot be on at the same time. When daytime outlets are on, nighttime outlets are off, and vice versa.
I personally like the idea of the lights overlapping each other as I detailed above, but with the apparent limitation of the timer it does not seem possible.
What is the ideal way of running white and actenics, should they be on together at some point or should they actually alternate? Whites only on for part of the day, and then actenics only on for part of the day?
I could buy another one of these timers to fix my problem but would like to get some input from others on what may be the best practice for running lights, or possibly getting this timer to do what I want. TIA.