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br88dy
06/17/2017, 09:16 PM
Are there any Reef Breeder owners out there that have purchased the add-on LumenBar LED strips? I recently purchased the 24" V2, but not after many weeks of deliberation. I almost bought a T5 fixture instead because I want really great growth with my new SPS frags.

I know a couple of these LumenBar strips would greatly improve my spread, but I'm wondering what they look like because they're currently only offered in 450nm Royal Blue. That probably wouldn't keep me from buying them, but still. I was hoping to see them before I buy them.

Reef_Breeders
06/19/2017, 01:15 PM
They are a newer product, we almost sold out of our first shipment and will be getting more variations soon.

A couple people have asked about custom layouts- we are working on different color setups, right now they are meant to add more blue to the tank since a lot of people run the white channel pretty low. By adding the extra blue you can get more par and still have that deep blue look.

br88dy
06/19/2017, 05:32 PM
we are working on different color setups, right now they are meant to add more blue to the tank since a lot of people run the white channel pretty low.

This is good to hear! I think I'd like to get a regular actinic strip and then maybe later something more mixed. Thanks for the response!

keepLearning
06/26/2017, 11:17 PM
When will the 36 inch LumenBar LED strips be available?

br88dy
06/28/2017, 11:02 PM
When will the 36 inch LumenBar LED strips be available?

Good question! Maybe Logan will see this and respond ;)

youcallmenny
06/30/2017, 07:05 PM
I want a 48" variety. Hopefully it won't be too long of a wait.

Reef_Breeders
07/05/2017, 09:51 PM
Hold on! We are working on them and will have updates soon :)

youcallmenny
07/07/2017, 06:01 PM
Couldn't wait. Ordered a pair of the 24" ones. I plan on hanging them from the front of my 48" v2 and pointing them inwards to help with the shadowing hopefully. I wanted to add a t5 bulb or two but the convenience of these clipping right on to my existing light made the sale. I'll keep you all posted.

br88dy
07/07/2017, 11:44 PM
Couldn't wait. Ordered a pair of the 24" ones. I plan on hanging them from the front of my 48" v2 and pointing them inwards to help with the shadowing hopefully. I wanted to add a t5 bulb or two but the convenience of these clipping right on to my existing light made the sale. I'll keep you all posted.

Please share pictures and your thoughts! I almost bought the lumenbars because of the slick brackets that fit perfectly onto the V2. But, I decided to give a couple of SunBlaster T5 fixtures a try first. They're currently zip tied to the V2 hanging kit, but they look slick from the front. I'm going to try and find adjustable brackets somewhere on the internet.

Here is a picture with the bulbs that came with the fixture. I later changed the bulbs to 1 True Actinic and 1 Purple Plus.

http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n513/br88dy/d184ed8f-f2fa-4277-88bc-39d8fde282e8.jpg (http://s1137.photobucket.com/user/br88dy/media/d184ed8f-f2fa-4277-88bc-39d8fde282e8.jpg.html)

My concern is that 2 supplemental bulbs won't be enough to truly encourage my future SPS frags to grow like weeds. If anyone has thoughts on this I'd sure appreciate the insight.

Ron Reefman
07/08/2017, 07:15 AM
Please share pictures and your thoughts! I almost bought the lumenbars because of the slick brackets that fit perfectly onto the V2. But, I decided to give a couple of SunBlaster T5 fixtures a try first. They're currently zip tied to the V2 hanging kit, but they look slick from the front. I'm going to try and find adjustable brackets somewhere on the internet.

My concern is that 2 supplemental bulbs won't be enough to truly encourage my future SPS frags to grow like weeds. If anyone has thoughts on this I'd sure appreciate the insight.

The t5's look pretty good there. Do you have plans to attach them with more than just zip ties? If/when you do, please show us how you do it.

I considered asking Logan if he would sell me the brackets for the LumenBars. But I think that would be unfair to buy the brackets and then use somebody else's fixture.

br88dy, I don't think, I KNOW the Photon V2 can grow sps very well all on it's own. I have frags that were new in my tank after I started the Photon V2 and in 8 months some branching sps corals have easily doubled in size. You don't need the t5's for growth. And additional light won't make them grow faster unless you are running the leds at too low a power level. I get all the PAR I want with just the V2. Now I've added 2 strip leds, but that was about changing the look in the tank and not about trying to make the corals grow faster.

It may however help some with getting light under the coral and inside the coral as they become colonies. Some consider this a big drawback to leds. Personally, I've found it to be a fairly unimportant issue, especially with anything but big colonies.

youcallmenny
07/08/2017, 08:00 AM
I agree with Ron. The v2 is a powerhouse that can provide way more than what is needed for sps. My tank is primarily sps and all I use are v2's over both my display and attached nem tank.

I personally am only looking for a solution to the shadowing. I think providing some angled light will be helpful. I will be trying these strips on the front first and then maybe on the back angled forward with a sun blaster on the front. I think between 3 of us here we can come up with a much improved solution.

I'm looking forward to the experiment! A big thank you to you both for sharing your vastly relevant experiences and also thank you to Logan for all his hard work.

br88dy
07/08/2017, 11:01 AM
The t5's look pretty good there. Do you have plans to attach them with more than just zip ties? If/when you do, please show us how you do it.

Yes, I've been driving around town hoping to find a bracket that I can adjust so that I can tilt the T5's inward. The zip ties are black and aren't an eye sore, but I want a cleaner look. I'll find something online so that everyone has access to the same parts I do, and I'll show how I do it.

I'm not worried about the PAR output of the V2, but I am a little worried about the spectrum. I'm trying not to use the red LED's because it creates a noticeable disco ball effect. The Purple Plus bulb I bought is supposed to have a good spectrum and T5's reduce the disco ball effect. I just like the added benefits I'm getting with T5's supplements.

Another little project I'm working on is mounting my Kessil A360 to my light stand to add proper shimmer and a more attractive sunrise/sunset phase. I'm going to blast my V2/T5 hybrid for 7 hours and then the Kessil will add a nice angled/directional beam of light into the tank that looks amazing. It looks something like this:

http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n513/br88dy/IMG_20170131_202118.jpg (http://s1137.photobucket.com/user/br88dy/media/IMG_20170131_202118.jpg.html)

br88dy
07/08/2017, 11:03 AM
I'm looking forward to the experiment! A big thank you to you both for sharing your vastly relevant experiences and also thank you to Logan for all his hard work.

As am I! It'll be interesting to see the benefits of each setup. Logan does a great job, I'm glad we have a guy like him.

Ron Reefman
07/09/2017, 05:33 AM
br88dy, I appreciate your efforts to find a good way to mount them. Trust me, if I find a good system, I'll let you know. I ran a small home maintenance company for the last 15 years of my working life, oh, and I built and raced sports cars. So I can be pretty creative when it comes to making something work in a way it wasn't intended!

br88dy
07/09/2017, 11:11 AM
br88dy, I appreciate your efforts to find a good way to mount them. Trust me, if I find a good system, I'll let you know. I ran a small home maintenance company for the last 15 years of my working life, oh, and I built and raced sports cars. So I can be pretty creative when it comes to making something work in a way it wasn't intended!

Built race cars?! That's awesome! I myself really love that I can tinker and DIY just about everything in this hobby. I love working with my hands. I just have to make sure I leave my hands out of the tank! SPS don't like tinkering lol.

I haven't had any luck yet finding the perfect bracket. I've been pretty busy this weekend. I did find this on amazon and other places online:

http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n513/br88dy/41-ovYAJLRL.jpg (http://s1137.photobucket.com/user/br88dy/media/41-ovYAJLRL.jpg.html)

I'm going to try and find something similar at Ace or Home Depot in a couple of hours. It'll be easy to add a bolt and nut into the single hole to make it adjustable.

Reef_Breeders
07/10/2017, 05:31 PM
Built race cars?! That's awesome! I myself really love that I can tinker and DIY just about everything in this hobby. I love working with my hands. I just have to make sure I leave my hands out of the tank! SPS don't like tinkering lol.

I haven't had any luck yet finding the perfect bracket. I've been pretty busy this weekend. I did find this on amazon and other places online:

http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n513/br88dy/41-ovYAJLRL.jpg (http://s1137.photobucket.com/user/br88dy/media/41-ovYAJLRL.jpg.html)

I'm going to try and find something similar at Ace or Home Depot in a couple of hours. It'll be easy to add a bolt and nut into the single hole to make it adjustable.


Would you be interested in getting just the brackets for the LumenBars? I should be able to order them in for people looking to add T-5s. I thought of doing a T5 kit however it is pretty niche and most people want to add their own brand/kit.

br88dy
07/12/2017, 10:28 AM
Would you be interested in getting just the brackets for the LumenBars? I should be able to order them in for people looking to add T-5s. I thought of doing a T5 kit however it is pretty niche and most people want to add their own brand/kit.

Yes definitely. I would love to use the brackets that come with the LumenBars. They're adjustable right?

youcallmenny
07/14/2017, 12:27 PM
Got my strips mounted on the back of my v2. I was initially going to try them on the front but the cord between the fixture and the power adapter is very short (3' at most). The brackets are really nice and easy to put on. I have them pointed towards the front at perhaps a 35-40 degree angle. I tried to simulate them by turning the blue up on the v2 first but the angle really helps. Gives a lot of pop to my coral colors.

I am also getting some new brackets from Logan for the 1 lamp 48" sun blaster t5 fixture that'll be here soon. I ordered 2 different ATI bulbs from BRS that I'm going to try in it. It was a toss up between the blue plus and the coral plus. Whichever goes in there will be on the same timer as the lumen strips (currently 10am-6pm) so I'm hoping the coral plus isn't too white. I'll probably drop the v2 settings a tiny bit more when I put this on to compensate.

I'll post pictures when it's all said and done but as for the lumenstrips I'd say they are very nice!

br88dy
07/14/2017, 09:25 PM
Got my strips mounted on the back of my v2. I was initially going to try them on the front but the cord between the fixture and the power adapter is very short (3' at most). The brackets are really nice and easy to put on. I have them pointed towards the front at perhaps a 35-40 degree angle. I tried to simulate them by turning the blue up on the v2 first but the angle really helps. Gives a lot of pop to my coral colors.

I am also getting some new brackets from Logan for the 1 lamp 48" sun blaster t5 fixture that'll be here soon. I ordered 2 different ATI bulbs from BRS that I'm going to try in it. It was a toss up between the blue plus and the coral plus. Whichever goes in there will be on the same timer as the lumen strips (currently 10am-6pm) so I'm hoping the coral plus isn't too white. I'll probably drop the v2 settings a tiny bit more when I put this on to compensate.

I'll post pictures when it's all said and done but as for the lumenstrips I'd say they are very nice!

Awesome! The coral plus is pretty white, but you should be able to compensate by turning up the blues on your V2! Keep us posted!

youcallmenny
07/15/2017, 10:31 AM
If that's the case than I'll probably be using the blue plus. I've already had to turn ch.3 down by about 10-15% due to adding the strips. We'll see though, maybe if it looks good I"ll just turn down the whites some more and call it good. I'm excited to get it on there. All the parts should be here in the next couple of days, just waiting on Logan to get back to me about selling/shipping me the brackets. I've never used t5's for reefing (just horticulture) so I'm really excited to see what this is going to do. My tank is looking better than it has in a long time!

youcallmenny
07/21/2017, 04:20 PM
Well, I got the t5 on there and have to say I prefer the Coral Plus. All around I think this frankenstein light is reducing shadows quite a bit. Just wanted to say thanks to Logan for providing stellar customer service as usual and then to Ron and br88dy for the inspiration.

Tank looks FANTASTIC compared to pre-upgrades.

Couple of tank shots. Photo hosting is being weird so I used imgur. Still looks a lot bluer than it actually appears in real life. I'm going to have to work on some DSLR skills here.

http://imgur.com/hnLdNj8
http://imgur.com/FuhynwX
http://imgur.com/uS6HH4N
http://imgur.com/WP6LXXO

Oh and before anyone makes fun of my return plumbing, I have a giant BRS order that'll be here in a couple days that will completely replace my returns with schedule 80 and loc-line.

SPotter
07/24/2017, 10:17 AM
Well, I got the t5 on there and have to say I prefer the Coral Plus. All around I think this frankenstein light is reducing shadows quite a bit. Just wanted to say thanks to Logan for providing stellar customer service as usual and then to Ron and br88dy for the inspiration.

Tank looks FANTASTIC compared to pre-upgrades.

Couple of tank shots. Photo hosting is being weird so I used imgur. Still looks a lot bluer than it actually appears in real life. I'm going to have to work on some DSLR skills here.

http://imgur.com/hnLdNj8
http://imgur.com/FuhynwX
http://imgur.com/uS6HH4N
http://imgur.com/WP6LXXO

Oh and before anyone makes fun of my return plumbing, I have a giant BRS order that'll be here in a couple days that will completely replace my returns with schedule 80 and loc-line.

how do you like the sunblaster t5 fixture?

youcallmenny
07/24/2017, 11:44 AM
It's great! Really cheap and the different light type really adds a lot to the overall presentation. The fixture was easy to attach with the lumenstrip brackets and looks slick.

My biggest complaint is that it's a very bright bulb and it's annoying having to see it . I ordered a second 4' reflector that I'm going to cut on my table saw and glue to the front of the original fixture to block some of the light from the front.

br88dy
07/24/2017, 12:14 PM
how do you like the sunblaster t5 fixture?

I'll chime in on this one, too. My 2 Sunblasters are 8.5" above the water surface and they've increased my PAR (in a good way). They look fantastic if used with ATI bulbs. It depends on what kind of look you're going for, but I really like the Actinic Plus and the Purple Plus. Not too much white, and not too blue.

With 2 bulbs I still have a shimmer on the sand but the shadows have been drastically reduced. If you can figure out a slick way to attach them to your V2, that'd be the only thing standing in your way. I plan on buying the LumenBar brackets if I can.

It's great! Really cheap and the different light type really adds a lot to the overall presentation. The fixture was easy to attach with the lumenstrip brackets and looks slick.

My biggest complaint is that it's a very bright bulb and it's annoying having to see it . I ordered a second 4' reflector that I'm going to cut on my table saw and glue to the front of the original fixture to block some of the light from the front.

How can I get my hands on those LumenBar brackets?! I need!

I also agree that it's annoying to see the bulbs, but mine naturally tilt towards the middle of the tank thanks to the daisy chain power cord that connects the two. It pulls them towards each other, making them tilt inward. But, I really want to buy some LumenBar brackets! That would make for a much cleaner look.

br88dy
07/24/2017, 12:19 PM
I apologize for the Photobucket images being lost. I don't plan on paying for a subscription to host with them if I can find someone else that does it for free. (Imgbb.com seems to work really nicely)

youcallmenny
07/24/2017, 02:42 PM
Get ahold of Logan directly about the brackets. He's always been SUPER easy to deal with and goes way out of his way to help me out when I need it. The brackets make those sun blasters easy to mount. I used zip ties and you can hardly even tell. I can take pictures if anyone needs to see how.

Reefer40b
08/05/2017, 10:33 PM
Get ahold of Logan directly about the brackets. He's always been SUPER easy to deal with and goes way out of his way to help me out when I need it. The brackets make those sun blasters easy to mount. I used zip ties and you can hardly even tell. I can take pictures if anyone needs to see how.

I would be interested in some pictures... :thumbsup:

youcallmenny
08/06/2017, 09:20 AM
edit:

Just two zip ties. You can thread them through between the reflector the the actual ballast as show in the picture. They are of course hanging from the lumenstrip brackets, which made this super simple.

That started my next adventure with this light. The reflector didn't block much and the bulb is BRIGHT. It was really annoying. I bought a separate reflector that Sun Blaster sells and cut it in half long ways. I then used ic-gel to glue the half reflector to the existing reflector to create a quarter shield. You can see that in the picture as well. It looks pretty good and completely blocks the light from the front and even when bent over looking right at the tank. Definitely a must for this lamp.

Here's a link to the reflector if anyone needs it:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CJJ5WJY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Reef_Breeders
08/07/2017, 12:01 PM
edit:

Just two zip ties. You can thread them through between the reflector the the actual ballast as show in the picture. They are of course hanging from the lumenstrip brackets, which made this super simple.



Is there any wires directly inside the top of the kit you used? A short screw would provide a cleaner, more secure fit, and aluminum is very easy to drill into.

finrod2
08/23/2017, 08:00 PM
I need accent lighting for my 84" long tank. Any idea of timing on longer models? Are these dimmable?

Reef_Breeders
08/25/2017, 06:50 PM
I need accent lighting for my 84" long tank. Any idea of timing on longer models? Are these dimmable?

Yes! The longer 36" and 48" lights are due to arrive Monday, and they dim to 0%, 25%, 50%, 75%, or 100% with an easy to use remote. Keep an eye on the Reef Breeders site for more details soon!

youcallmenny
08/26/2017, 09:12 AM
Whoops. Shoulda waited! :p

Reef_Breeders
09/01/2017, 09:40 AM
I need accent lighting for my 84" long tank. Any idea of timing on longer models? Are these dimmable?

The new LumenBars have landed!

https://www.reefbreeders.com/lumenbar/

b_evans06
09/08/2017, 12:41 PM
Any idea when the Lumenbar48 will be back in stock. My birthday is next week and the wife is getting me a photon 48 with lumen bars. Thanks!

Reef_Breeders
09/09/2017, 06:25 PM
They are in stock right now! I updated the website to reflect the in stock status

rere85
09/16/2017, 06:34 PM
Just got mine turned on today, so far looking good. my tank is a 12'x30"x30". Logan has been helpful with me already, but im still trying to figure out the lumenbar remote.

Ssteve
09/23/2017, 09:43 AM
Just ordered a set of the 48's. Ive been running the 48 v2 for a while now and love the light except with all channels at 100% its not very blue, so hopefully this helps some.

Mrlttran
09/29/2017, 05:53 AM
Is there a bracket that can connect with ATI dimmable sunpowers? Looking for a little led pop with my T5s.

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Reefer40b
09/29/2017, 11:28 PM
Bump for some more install pictures, really considering these instead of T5 supplements...

Ssteve
09/30/2017, 07:44 PM
Just installed mine today. Anyone know if there's a way to program them to come one/off themselves or do I need to run them through my controller for that?

Ron Reefman
10/01/2017, 03:38 AM
A controller or a $10 timer from any hardware store.