Should I go LED?

Discussion in 'Reef Lighting' started by Salmo salar, Oct 27, 2013.

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  1. Salmo salar

    Salmo salar Flamingo Tongue

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    My 4 bulb T5 just crapped out. I need a good light that will ne dependable and grow corals. I was looking at the reefbreeders fixtures, anyone running one? Also, if you can suggest a better light that would be great!
     
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  3. CBSurfrider

    CBSurfrider Millepora

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    I'm gonna hitchhike on this thread. I'm looking to replace mine here soon as well. I only run (2) T5's. I was thinking of staying with T5's but going up to a six bulb.
     
  4. Salmo salar

    Salmo salar Flamingo Tongue

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    Great! We can find a good light together. Show us a good light guys im looking for something with a built in timer controller. Any help is greatly appreciated here. My dt dimentions are 30x12x22deep
     
  5. Greg9MM

    Greg9MM Skunk Shrimp

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    I recently upgraded to Kessil LED units. I love them
     
  6. Camkha1234

    Camkha1234 Great Blue Whale

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    It depends on your budget. What were you looking on spending? And what size tank do you have?

    +1 My a360 was awesome when I had it.
     
  7. Inertiatic

    Inertiatic Bubble Tip Anemone

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    I went from a 4 bulb T5 to a DIY LED setup and love it.

    The LED aquarium business is constantly changing and there are many more options available now from when I made my setup a year and a half ago.

    First off, are you a person who likes to make your own stuff? DIY can net some great results for a fair price and allows for customization and easy repair if need be. The heatsinks are starting to look more professional for a clean finished look. Check out this heatsink if you want to go DIY MakersLED Designer Heatsink Kit - Professional Grade - Anodized - LEDGroupBuy.com

    If you want an assembled professional fixture, tons out there right now. Just like T5 fixtures, the price will vary on type of LED, controllability, finished look, and dimming capabilities.

    No matter what route you go, just make sure to go full spectrum.
     
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  9. Salmo salar

    Salmo salar Flamingo Tongue

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    Thanks for the leads here. I will be checking these out.
     
  10. Mr. Bill

    Mr. Bill Native Floridian

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    Since you're in the market for a fixture, I'd say yes, go LED.

    Reef Breeders and Taotronics get a lot of good reviews. With Reef Breeders, you can get a unit customized to suit your wants, needs, and wallet.
     
  11. hart24601

    hart24601 Flamingo Tongue

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    Reefbreeders all the way. I love mine.
     
  12. Blue Falcon

    Blue Falcon Fire Goby

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    I recently upgraded to LED as well. Im using the reefbreeders photon 32 and absolutely love it