which metal halide kelvin rating do you use?

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what metal halide kelvin do you use?

  1. 5500

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  2. 6500

    0 vote(s)
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  3. 10k

    18.9%
  4. 12k

    5.4%
  5. 13k

    2.7%
  6. 14k

    40.5%
  7. 14.5k

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  8. 15k

    10.8%
  9. 20k

    21.6%
  1. reef_guru

    reef_guru Humpback Whale

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    which metal halide kelvin rating do you use on your main tank?
     
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  3. Brandon1023

    Brandon1023 Fire Goby

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    10K at the moment. That was kind of by accident since I bought 1 10K and 1 20K without realizing it and then couldn't find another 20K for awhile. I bought another 10K and am happy with them actually. It's VERY bright but looks pretty natural to me. The blue doesn't look natural but I admit is more appealing...to me anyways.
     
  4. aquaboy

    aquaboy Panda Puffer

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    what about the "i cant afford halides at the moment but when i get them they will be 14000K" option?
     
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  5. Jason McKenzie

    Jason McKenzie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I use 10K because of the PAR value
     
  6. lunatik_69

    lunatik_69 Giant Squid

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    I also use 20k but will be changing to 14k soon. At first I liked the blueish light tone, but now I got tired of it. I think 14k is the best middle ground, half white and half blueish.
     
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    lunatik_69 Giant Squid

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    :yelrotflmYou really are a funny guy, lmao That was a good laugh:yelrotflm
    krama for making me laugh
     
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  9. Jason McKenzie

    Jason McKenzie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I think it very funny that when I started (Not really that long ago) everyone was exited about the new 10K lights and where contemplating switching from 6500K.
    I went years before switching to 10K and quite frankly still like the growth of 6500K.
    I haven't found a good 14K or higher this I'm comfortable with the PAR from my E-Ballast
    I'm happy with 10K and will likely stick with them till I die

    J
     
  10. Tangster

    Tangster 3reef Sponsor

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    Well I started with the Huge 55k Bulbs then onto the 65 K and then ushio hit with their 10;s and they where great I went to the SPS 14 last yr about this time and I say it was a great change corals growth exploded and we have been switching over here at the shop with 4 or 5 bulbs a month since last June. a 10K won't get close to these . SPS makes a great K value for them nice mixture of gas metals in their bulbs
     
  11. Jason McKenzie

    Jason McKenzie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Tangster, I've only here of SPS bulbs from you through Otty's tank thread. Do you have a link to more info. They haven't hit in Canada yet and I'm just about due for a change

    J
     
  12. Tangster

    Tangster 3reef Sponsor

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    Great Bulbs I love them the 20 K is also good not to dark as many are Try here this is out supplier www.blulifeusa.com Really a new bulb all together all new technology. I would have never brought them myself I'm slow to make change But once I found them here at the shop and used one they where samples :) I was amazed at the corals reactions . I have plenty of 10 K ushios HQI's if anyone is interested and also plenty of the 14 K sps 250 moguls .. If you need I'll ship them to you no problem on my end or this link ? Blue Life