Advice on Lighting

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Punisher, 20 Apr 2012.

  1. Punisher

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    hi there all

    i hope everyone is all good in the hood!


    DT is 1500 x 600 x 600

    i would like to eventually keep ALL types of coral.
    but i know that takes time so im sure it will be the usual softies for now.

    my question to you guys is......

    WHAT LIGHTING UNIT ?? WHAT SHOULD I BE PAYING ?? ...

    best value for money kinda thing. yes i know i can go LED @ R20K a pop :whistling:
    but i wanted to get some info on this as to what my best option would be.

    thanks a mill :yeahdude:
    :thumbup:
     
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  3. butcherman

    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    DIY LED.... :whistling:
     
  4. Punisher

    Punisher Thread Starter

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    @butcherman

    much agreed, if you have those technical little fingers... some of us have soft hands :whistling:
    i figure that the DIY route would be the best, however we are not all that technically in:tt2:clined
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    DIY, i am sure many a reefer will help you out...

    is your tank hooded or rimless?
     
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    Punisher Thread Starter

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    i have an idea...

    Butcherman takes money from punisher, then butcherman builds an LED DIY unit = Happiness at a 400th of the price that you pay in the LFS
    sound good? hahahaha
    just kidding
     
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    it is rimless with euro bracing and a cross brace
    also has a wooden "trim" panel but its open top :thumbup:
     
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    where in gauteng are you located?
     
  10. brentv

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    Bud this is catch 22 decission you gotta make now!

    T5 tubes running about 8 hours a day are gonna need to be replaced roughly every 9 months at R200-R350 per tube on a 1.5M you are gonna use 4ft (54W) tubes.

    Positive is it is an affordable (In terms of Lighting!:whistling:) route to go... initially because you can add tubes as you get more serious into different aquarium needs from soft corals... to clams and anemones through to your harder LPS and SPS corals. but you might eventually be running on 8-10 tubes for this!

    Metal halides are a big electric guzzeler but are still mainly leading in the brightness vs affordability section, but they need to be combined with your blue colour t5's to creat the nice aquarium colour we like and corals need!..

    Now LED Lighting is new... runs on roughly a quarter of the wattage of the other lighting to get the same intensity and lifetime is about 25000-50000hours... and you can do dimming techniques etc with it!! and slowly the prices are becoming more affordable!! especially a lot of the DIY going on at the moment...

    Overall, I could be mistaken, but taken into account the heat produced from MH's and t5's plus the extra work a chiller has to do to compensate for this and actual electrical output...
    I am sure cost wise over about 5 years of having a tank LED lighting from the beginning might be the most cost effective!!!

    I have just gone through all of this with my new build I am doing and finally especially bringing in from overseas overall I would lean towards LED!!

    You just gotta work out if your budget allows for an initial but long term investment:whistling:

    P.S. Check through this forum you will find lots of advice on the above mentioned..
    Think you could get away from R20 thou for a good unit;)
     
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    Punisher Thread Starter

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    @butcherman

    in centurion, starting to get all my goodies together so after having
    a few beers and going through the list i clicked... LIGHTS!!!
     
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    @Punisher I live in Kempton you are welcome to come around and inspect my lights
     
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  14. Punisher

    Punisher Thread Starter

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    @butcherman

    i think i should do that. then we can talk business... over a 6 pack :1:
    i just get the feeling that technology is moving at a fast pace. surely if the chinese can make all these wonderful products, why do we pay an arm and a leg? :eek:
     
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    to start with,
    there are 2 Aqua Medic units T5 in the for sale section for R600 each (I think). Scooby selling it. Cheap enough to start with. And 9 months later out pops the T5, and in your LED.

    [FS]: 2 x 54w T5 Aqua Medic Sun Bean Lights: JHB - Marine Aquariums of South Africa

    I got 2 of these units in storage. To be used soon.... And they are not bad. Excellent reflectors.

    Else, check out what else in the for sale section.
     
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    P.S. Check through this forum you will find lots of advice on the above mentioned..
    Think you could get away from R20 thou for a good unit;)[/QUOTE]

    thx mate! much appreciated and i will take it into serious consideration
    problem i have is i cant justify paying a cars deposit for a lighting unit......
     
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    Punisher Thread Starter

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    @RIAAN

    thx ill consider it
    but when it comes to electrical , for peace of mind i prefer new.
     
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  18. Punisher

    Punisher Thread Starter

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    guys i dont think butcherman was born....

    he was electrically built... :p

    "tip my hat your way"
     
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    :lol:

    Thanks for the compliment
     
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    :lol:
    Thanks for the compliment!
     
  21. PieterJNR

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    i have a question while we are on the lighting subject will the led's at the flea market work because you can buy strips and then just clue them or nail them on the lid i am thinking of going that way. Any response would be good because i don't know if the light would be good enough.
     
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