jccaclimber

07/13/2017, 10:18 PM

I'm looking at putting a bunch of Gen4 Radion's over a tank. What are the pros and cons of using XR30Pro units vs. twice as many XR15 units?

XR30 benefits:

Half as many mounts

Possibly cleaner look (half as many lights)

Quieter (one fan per 2 pucks instead of 1 fan per 1 puck)

XR15 benefits:

Possibly more uniform light distribution?

Better cooling (one fan per puck instead of 1 fan per 2 pucks).

Neutral:

Price (ignoring mounting) is the same, an XR30Pro costs exactly double what an XR15Pro costs.

Number of LED's is the same.

Watts consumed is the same.

I'm unsure if my assumption about fans is valid. The fans may be slower in the 15's than the 30's. I have assumed the noise level of an XR15 is the same as the noise level of an XR30. This may be a poor assumption.

I don't think tank size really matters in the context of this question.

XR30 benefits:

Half as many mounts

Possibly cleaner look (half as many lights)

Quieter (one fan per 2 pucks instead of 1 fan per 1 puck)

XR15 benefits:

Possibly more uniform light distribution?

Better cooling (one fan per puck instead of 1 fan per 2 pucks).

Neutral:

Price (ignoring mounting) is the same, an XR30Pro costs exactly double what an XR15Pro costs.

Number of LED's is the same.

Watts consumed is the same.

I'm unsure if my assumption about fans is valid. The fans may be slower in the 15's than the 30's. I have assumed the noise level of an XR15 is the same as the noise level of an XR30. This may be a poor assumption.

I don't think tank size really matters in the context of this question.