Reef LED lighting as you experience it !!!

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  1. Andre@ReefAquatics

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    Hi Reefers,

    As we know there are quite a number of LED lighting options out there today.

    I thought an open discussion thread would be a great idea to help anyone choosing to go LED system for their reef.

    ANY comments in this thread are welcome, so share your experience with us.

    I Feel an open discussion would be really helpful for any reefers deciding to go LED.

    This also helps us retailers to advise our customers best, we all don't get the opportunity to experiment with all makes and brand variations, but we do have access to everything for your tank.

    Whether this thread goes NORTH, SOUTH, EAST or WEST we don't care.

    BUT ONLY COMMENT if you are using LED'S (not what you have read) and have experience with a specific product, like or don't like.

    Let be the main focus on the ability to grow SPS, then we look into features, spectrum, value for money etc ect etc ....

    Please ensure you mention the pro's and the cons of your kit.

    The floor is yours .....



    I'll start, THE KESSIL A350w ROCKS !!!!
     
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  3. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    I will second, my DIY UNIT beat the 4 retails units I tried
    Vertex illumilux
    Beamsworks
    Exotec par38
    Chinese aquarium light

    I am now so excited to try my orphek dif100 and get my orphek atlantik this year
     
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    I looked at kessil but needed 4-6 of them, orphek gives me 900x1000 foot print with 300+ par on gravel
    Also tested over my 1000x1000x300 tank 1m above the tank and wow
     
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    Orphek Pro
    They have std LED configs, but will custom multichips or the unit for you with no hassle
     
  6. CarlosF

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    well i have a maxspect razor 160w 16000k and a vertex illumilux on my tank and i will never go back to t5s. and im getting nice growth and colour in my sps
     
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    Had (still have lying on the floor in my study) the vertex lumnia great light. Now have the pacific suns phenomenal light :)
     
  8. Andre@ReefAquatics

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    Heard fantastic feedback about Pacific Suns, any Radion boys in the house??
     
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    diy baby :thumbup: never had anything else
     
  10. Andre@ReefAquatics

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    Any Kessil A350W in the house???
     
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    I run the LED unit Drop Reef made up .. VERY happy with it, especially coupled with the Reef Angel :)
     
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    I've been running my Cree DIY kit for a couple of weeks now and so far I'm very happy with the results
     
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    RADION XR30

    Advantages:

    - 120w equilavent to 250w MH
    - 5 colours with independent control
    - slim and nice looking unit
    - evolving pc software
    - simulate sunrise to sunset
    - save and export programs
    - sync wireless with more radion units and vortec pumps
    - upgradable
    - Proven to grow SPS corals @STC-1000
    - Endless possibilities.....

    Disadvantages:

    - None that ive experienced. Some would say expensive but i say value for money
     
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    I think all of the Cape Town reefers that came to the last two braais can vouch for the Maxspect Mazarra units. At the rate the Razors are flying out of the warehouse, I dare say they are extremely popular :D :D :D
     
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    Hi Andre , the LED units that you guys sell , what should one call them as i have a unit but it has no name on it
     
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    maxspect razor 160w 16000k is the best value of money led light in SA market for interernational brands
     
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    Yes your lights were impressive but haven't had experience with them.
    Even though I don't have anything in my tank as it's still cycling the DIY Cree LED unit looks impressive but will see once the tank is stocked. I would like to have it measured some day but will have to find someone in CTN who has a par meter first.
     
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    Maxspect razor baby!!!!! Great unit! Superb light distribution! Super fly looking!! :yeahdude:
     
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    AGREED!!! ....not just growth but intense colouration ... For the guys who has recemtly seen my tank can vouch for the radions abbility

    @Clowning
    @Mogamatseraajregal
    @NADEEM
    @gambit
    @Bigrob
    @mornewil
    @...... More to come :lol:

    They (besides mornewil) do not own radions, but seen mine in action and seen my growth over 4mnths and from my experience,they are blown away by my colouration ..:D
    Some guys aske me how..........


    ...........my answer is ecotechs RADION xr30:thumbup:
     
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    hi ! im looking at buying led lighting and cant make up my mind between the vertex SR360/300 and the maxpect mazarra p series lights ! pls help which is better
     
  21. Andre@ReefAquatics

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    Thanks to the guys giving the detailed info it, helps. It kinda pointless just saying product xxx is the best in SA etc ...

    More info the better for helping new guys selecting their products.

    Maybe we can try this format:

    Please not this is not really a sales pitch but its a LED unit ive been using for the past 5 months.

    UNIT OWNED : REEF AQUATICS CREE LED PENDANT

    POWER : 36 x 3w = 108watts

    Chips used : CREE XPG-R5, XPE-D5

    TANK DIMENSIONS : 900x600x600

    SPS variety : Acro, Milli, Stylo, picillo

    RRP : R3600

    Coverage: This unit fully covers out tank in all 4 corners.

    DIMMABLE : Yes with controller at an extra R1200.00

    HOW LONG HAVE YOU GOT THE UNIT: 5 Months now

    PRO's :

    Sleek, on 4cm thick and 20cm wide
    good looking,
    runs cool,
    shimmer very nice
    Can request a different mix of LED configuration.
    Solid build
    3 channels, 3 plugs, moonlights, all can be switched on individually.


    CONS :

    Lense angle of 80deg means it must be suspended over tanks > 50cm

    FTS with LED

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    Would be great if we can follow this format of your LED unit
     
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