My plasma revolution

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  1. schaun

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    Time has come to do jet another expensive bulb replacement.
    This has become quite a costly exercise. So I decided to look into other more fuel efficient and longer lasting lighting.
    So naturally I looked at LEDs.
    I looked at pros and cons of LED lighting on my tank


    Pros:
    1. would use less energy.
    2. Would be able to customise the colours that I want.
    3. Would have full control on dimming, on and off times and do some special effects.
    4. Run cooler, so les heat goes into your system.
    5. The long life that you get out of them.


    Cons:
    1. As each LED only gives off one wave length of light I would only have 7 or so wavelengths that my corals can use out of the hundreds that natural light offers.
    2. If I use Vertex Radian I would need 12 of them to get a good light intensity. That means an initial cost of R109000.00 or if I skimp a bit and use 9 it would be R81900.00 .
    3. LEDs were more a substitute for T5s than for the big power of MH’s.

    So I gave up on my quest for alternative lighting. That was till someone told me about PLASMA lighting. The answer to all my problems.


    Pros:

    1. Plasma is based on Solid-state technology like LEDs. So you get the same type of hours out of out of them as with LEDs.
    2. Gives out more lumens per Watt than LEDs
    3. The most natural light out there. Gives a full light spectrum very close to sunlight.
    4. It gives a natural shimmer like you cannot believe. Divers would love this light as it gives you the feel of diving. So corals can use witch ever light wavelength they need, because of the complete natural feel you get happier and healthier livestock.You get more corals and fish surviving in your system because of the natural light.
    5. You get 28% more growth than with the top LEDs out there.
    6. Almost all of the light generated get to the corals.


    7. You can dim them up to 20%. This means that you can do a complete natural day. Starting in the morning, going up to 100% to midday leaving it there for 2 hours and bringing it back to 20% for dusk.
    8. It has a CRI colour rendering index of 95
    9. Very cheap to run as I only need 4 of them for the entire tank. And so cost effective to buy.
    10. You can set the light to any Calvin between 20000K and 5780K
    There e are lots more but this post is starting to get to long.


    Cons:
    1. This is completely in the beholders eyes. Although you have some freedom on the colour you get out of the lights you will not have that precise freedom you have from a high end LED.
     
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  3. Jayceew

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    Hi Schaun, agreed with all above BUT we want to know when/where/how much??? Very excited about this technology, I hope it's relatively affordable.
     
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    Interested to read about this:whistling:

     
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    We keep hearing about this plasma light and I started a thread over a year ago - But George from tunze has been testing them but still no prices. Why cant they just give us a ball park figure so we as hobbyist cant budget for the changeover to either LED or Plasma. At the moment my money is going to Leds cos it has been relatively well tested with hobbyist.
     
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    Any idea around pricing?

    Not the best looking unit I've seen, I like the look of the Tunze unit that George is working on. Especially considering the price these things will probably carry, it shouldn't look like a weatherproof Floodlight that you buy at Builder's. My opinion...
     
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    But then again I have a rimless tank with no hood, if you have a lighting enclosure it doesn't really matter what the light looks like.
     
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    Ok, so I decided to take the plunge and import some of these units. After careful consideration I decided on Straylight’s fixture.
    It took about 2 weeks to get here, but finally they have arrived.

    Here are some pic’s if the units.

    The pickup at the post office.

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    Getting the stuff in the boot !!


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    And now for the unboxing.


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    The view from the top of the unit.

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    And then a view of the reflector with the emitter in the middle.
    You can see the tiny bulb that makes all then noise !!

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    come on turn the darn thing on, i want to see what it does:)
     
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    its amazing how fast i googled stray lights:)
     
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    Nice. What did they cost you roughly to bring in?
     
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    And then he dissapears on us ...... :lol:
    @schaun :whistling:
     
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    He's busy setting them up and getting the invites ready for the next reef meeting....
     
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    @schaun very nice. I saw that unit at one of the sponsors a few weeks ago.

    I love the colour and spread that those units give. Some guys will prob complain its not blue enough but nothing a led cant fix

    Must of cost a fortune in postage cause those units are anything but light

    Think you deserve a :3: your the 1st hobbiest on MASA to get a Plasma Unit over their tank
     
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    I’m a firm believer in making marine stuff affordable. So I’m working with the guys at Straylight to make this technology as affordable as can be.
     
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    I agree, 2 years is very long. Stray light gas fitted their lights on more than 2000 tanks with amazing success stories.
    A coral farm in the Netherlands tested plasma light against the vertex LED units and reported a 28% in growth on their corals with plasma over the LED of vertex. It is a coral farm called Ecocoral if you want to check it out.
    Alternative light is very expensive, that is why I did extensive research on plasmas before buying these.
    If you are looking for something to make your fish happy and healthy, and your corals and the rest of your livestock happy. Plasma is the way to go. LEDs are wonderful for coloring thing up and making them look nice and do well in growing corals. But they don’t come close to plasma in that category.
    I think the best way to go is to trade plasma fir MH’s and LED for T5’s
     
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    I have jess, and man is this a good piece of equipment. The guys at ecocoral use them long side there plasma lights to grow corals. And if a coral farm uses your stuff to grow corals it must be something.
    I did consider your product but in the end the Plasmas was a bit cheaper and gave me a more natural feel to my tank. Thanks for asking.
    Still waiting on those green wheels that my fish loves so much. Please let me know when your shipment arrives.
     
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