Led and mh

Discussion in 'Reef Lighting' started by muggle, May 30, 2013.

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  1. muggle

    muggle Purple Spiny Lobster

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    Had switched out my metal halide for LEDs, any benefit to run mh with LEDs?
     
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  3. tgood

    tgood Sea Dragon

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    Will add to the spectrum, but will also heat up everything. What is your setup? Tank size, what kind of coral, etc. Those factors will determine what you need as far as the lighting goes.
     
  4. muggle

    muggle Purple Spiny Lobster

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    120g

    Soft and lps

    Have a chiller
     
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    What spectrum are the MH and LED? If they're different then the advantage to both would be broader spectrum for the variety of livestock you have.
     
  6. muggle

    muggle Purple Spiny Lobster

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    250w ea were the metal halides, radium bulbs, might have wrong brand, LEDs are ai sol whites
     
  7. sailorguy

    sailorguy Torch Coral

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    I don't really see an advantage to using the halides unless your leds do not cover your entire tank well.Alot of people feel that the light spectrum of good quality m/h bulbs will produce better growth while others are quite happy with the results while using led.The leds should bring out the color of your softies and lps better.If used in conjunction the halides could very well dominate and you might lose that color pop.
     
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  9. 1.0reef

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    Ditch the Sols and go with a better fixture, I'd make some DIY's with a lot of HV and some TV and RB, maybe some cyan or cool blue.
     
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    I was only asking about spectrum bc I didn't know if his LEDs were 10k and halide 14k (example) or what they were. I agree the MH would probably drown out any blue LED unless you have a lot of bulbs to match the MH.
     
  11. chelseagrin

    chelseagrin Fire Goby

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    sure it will add alot to the spectrum, but led's are very sensitive to heat. running them with halides could very well overheat them.