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cracker642
02/05/2013, 05:44 PM
I have a 30. Gal need to get a new light had t5 on it looking at leds what's your opinion thanks

gbru316
02/05/2013, 05:45 PM
(from a happy LED user) stick with T5.

cakemanPA
02/05/2013, 05:50 PM
From a happy led owner... Look at a controllable led fixture

mcgyvr
02/05/2013, 05:50 PM
(from a happy LED user) stick with T5.
huh? :hmm3:

gbru316
02/05/2013, 05:51 PM
it would help to know your budget

mcgyvr
02/05/2013, 05:52 PM
price point?
tank dimensions?
desired tank inhabitants/coral type?
fish only?
got a controller with dimming capability?

gbru316
02/05/2013, 05:53 PM
huh? :hmm3:

I don't think most hobbyists are willing to put the time and effort into adequately implementing current LED technology. I wouldn't exactly call LED lighting systems "plug and play."

The very nature of a directional light source prohibits a "one size fits all" solution.

cracker642
02/05/2013, 07:34 PM
300. Not sure width or depth I know its 16hight zoo lps sps mushroom do not have dimmer

Touring
02/05/2013, 07:39 PM
Get a nova extreme pro. I grow everything under mine. Why do you want l.e.d.s? Just cause?

Dipan00
02/05/2013, 08:30 PM
From a happy LED user check out the Reef Breeders LED. I have 2 of the Evergrow D120 same as what Reef Breeders offers and all my corals are doing great! And they are affordable.

cracker642
02/06/2013, 05:51 AM
Looking at leds because I hear they are lower heat than mh and last longer than a t5 bulb

SGT_York
02/06/2013, 07:44 AM
Are you wanting a complete LED system (ready out of the box) or are you looking for a DIY option?
Big fan of DIY LED's but you really need a canopy to make it look nice.

30 or 300 gallons??? 30 gallons is small for MH's generally it's best to always have two in order to eliminate shadows.
300 Gallons I'd go MH with LED acitinics.

cracker642
02/06/2013, 06:04 PM
Out of the box

grigsy
02/06/2013, 08:00 PM
"What's perfect light" - Metal Halide + T5

Great for growth, color and shimmer effect.

Ron Reefman
02/07/2013, 06:02 AM
I don't think most hobbyists are willing to put the time and effort into adequately implementing current LED technology. I wouldn't exactly call LED lighting systems "plug and play."

The very nature of a directional light source prohibits a "one size fits all" solution.
It's only that hard if you want to make it that hard. Oh, which color t5 bulb or MH bulb do I use? There are lots of very good leds (even inexpensive Chinese fixtures i.e. EverGrow/Reef Breeders) that you can put to use just as easy as t5 or MH.

Are you wanting a complete LED system (ready out of the box) or are you looking for a DIY option?
Big fan of DIY LED's but you really need a canopy to make it look nice.

The D120 EverGrow/Reef Breeders is so inexpensive and so adapable (do a layout and they build it) it's hard to justify a complete diy light anymore.

"What's perfect light" - Metal Halide + T5
Great for growth, color and shimmer effect.
Current led fixtures are just as good at growth and color, and have some shimmer. And with leds you can change the color look of your tank with the touch of a remote button and do very cool ramp up and ramp down your lights. My tank is a 14K look in the morning, a clean (not yellow) 10K during the day and a very blue 20+K in the evening. And just 6 months ago I had 1050W of MH, almost 200W of t5 and 150w od accent leds over my 180g. Now 2 EverGrow IT2080's (with my choice of led layout) do it all and for just $680 delivered from China by UPS Air!

cracker642
02/07/2013, 11:59 AM
Sounds nice what web site did you order from?