Improved Living Custom LED Club

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Furbz, 22 Mar 2017.

  1. Furbz

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    Hi All,

    Figured it would be nice to hear from other reefers using the a Improved Living LED lighting unit.
    have had mine for 5 months.
    have had a few ups and downs, but in all one of the best units i have owned. and i have owned a few!
    backup has been superb.

    only gripe is the super noisy power supply.
    anyone else have this? mine is easily the noisiest thing on our entire tank!

    feel free to post pics of your lights in action!
     
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  3. irie ivan

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    Give a breakdown of the unit please. I have been contemplating contacting them and been in touch with a cpt grow light manufacturer for a fixture to add supplementary shimmer and pop lighting.
    Led specs?: brand wattage colours lumens
    Channels and controllability
    Lenses
     
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  4. 459b

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    Can you also add pics of the units
     
  5. reefer101

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    Hi I have mine for 1 year 3 months never had an issue
     
  6. Dexter

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    im super happy with my unit....been running it for over two years. My unit is super silent. don't even know its there. Yes i had up and downs ( ok i did build it myselve) but support is just a phonecall away. Replacement part readily available and normally shipped within a day or two.

    Yip super happy with it. For the price one pay i think its worth every cent.

    Even got my fuge light from them. Awsome little light growing algae supurbly.
     
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  7. reefer101

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    +1 one on the fuge light if you talking about the 12w
     
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  8. Ernie

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    Very happy with mine as well, every coral seems to love it from sps to softies[​IMG][​IMG]
    Planning now a frag tank with them to
     
  9. jacohall

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    Also have one of these that I built myself. Had it for 5 months now as well. Haven't had any issues once I got all the user errors out of the way. Growing corals, including SPS well. Much better growth and color than I had with my T5s. The 20A power supply is a bit noisy yes. But for the price, I am super happy. Will post pic of the unit itself later tomorrow. I am in Jbay so get to PE regularly if I ever need spares, but luckily I haven't had to. The spectrum they suggest is a a bit heavy on the white side, but added another blue strip. But here is a photo of my tank with the light on.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. BarryRoux

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    I had the same problem i just added an larger power supply went from 10A to 20A but other wise great setup . i xhange mine a bit DSC_9498.JPG
     
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    Hi how big is the unit how many cm and feet
     
  12. BarryRoux

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    This unit is about 450mm long and wide and it covers my 1.3m
     
  13. Ferret

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    overall not bad units for the price you pay. I also started off with one of their DIY kits. but got tired of having to replace individual LEDS every few months....

    Not a bad unit at all, but IMO its better to rather save up for a few months and get a decent lighting unit, be it Razor, Zetlight, Kessil, AI Prime, Hydra etc

    I ended up adding t5 bulbs as when Improved living spec the lights they work according to their experiments and work on Monti Growth....
     
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  14. mariusmeyer

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    How do you guys control these units? do they come with a controller or must you use an external controller such as the profilux or reef angel?
     
  15. BarryRoux

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    I have an tc420 from improved living
     
  16. Mozzie

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    Never mind me.... I'm just following.
    Very happy with my unit after a year
     
  17. jacohall

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    You can buy with or without the timer. I've got the timer and works great. Very easy to adjust and set like you want it.
     
  18. Cpt nemo

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    Hi Jaco hall
    Thinking of ordering a kit and like you from the picts dey sent it did seem to be alot on the white side.
    You mentioned u added a strip of blue...on a 2m long tank what shud I ask dem for with regards to more blue? Your pict u posted is the exact look I'm looking for
     
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    I built my own set up with tc420 which i imported for R320. Imported 10w leds,13 x 10000k - 15000k and 4 x Blue 460n. All these are running directly from tc420 without led drivers.[​IMG]
     
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    Did you use resistors or just connect straight to the controler and are all leds 10w. Also what spec psu did you use
     
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    Very nice Barry,

    Guys which is the Wifi controller from Improved living? Does anyone have them? Are they easy to use with the android app?
     

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