After 4+ years of LED I'm going back to halide

Discussion in 'Reef Talk' started by cilyjr, Jan 27, 2017.

  1. vedau

    vedau Non-member

    any updates since you upgraded to MH?
     
  2. steevareno

    steevareno Well-Known Member BRS Member

    I love my 400watt radium! T5/led is also a very good combo...
     
  3. cilyjr

    cilyjr Chris Staff Member Moderator BRS Member

    Only pictures I have available are these. Bubblegum digi 1 month of growth. May 11 to June 12
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  4. cilyjr

    cilyjr Chris Staff Member Moderator BRS Member

    I will not use any other lighting. I may add 2 led strips for some of the "fun" effects. But the 3 bulbs provide plenty of light. There a few corals about mid way deep (roughly 12 to 14 inches below the waterline) that reach photosaturation about 1and a half hours before the lights go out.

    The electric bill is about the same compared with last year. I actually had a day last week where the heaters never went on during a 24hr period. The tank temp was roughly 79 for the same period.
     
  5. cilyjr

    cilyjr Chris Staff Member Moderator BRS Member

    Still very happy with my choice. I did add 2 of the sol blues to my tank because I wanted to use them to ramp up than down before the MH came on. I also use them as a moonlight.

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    Nov (10 months after install)
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  6. Chris A.

    Chris A. Formally toomanyfish BRS Member

    Very nice chris
     
  7. gurumasta

    gurumasta Senior Moron BRS Member

    Looking nice no doubt!
     
  8. dz6t

    dz6t Acro Garden, BRS Sponsor BRS Member

    Excellent growth.



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  9. Syntax

    Syntax Non-member

    I just purchased three Reefbrite mh/led pendants with their pendants and running their 14k twin-arc bulbs... I'm only running them five hours a day while I acclimate my corals, and after 4 days my ph has risen .2 higher during the photoperiod than with my previous led/t5 hybrid.... 100% coverage of the tank... I could not be happier.

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  10. dz6t

    dz6t Acro Garden, BRS Sponsor BRS Member

    So you ditch the Kessils?


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  11. Syntax

    Syntax Non-member

    Who?


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  12. dz6t

    dz6t Acro Garden, BRS Sponsor BRS Member

    What light were you using before the halides?


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  13. dz6t

    dz6t Acro Garden, BRS Sponsor BRS Member

    Halides are still the best for large tanks.


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  14. cilyjr

    cilyjr Chris Staff Member Moderator BRS Member

    Paul (@reefkeeper2)does well but he has 14 ai and/or echotech intermixed. Which supports my thinking that led is more about the spread than anything else.
     
  15. Syntax

    Syntax Non-member

    Pacific Sun Led/T5 fixture. Loved it... But I really can't believe how amazing the halides look. Why did I wait so long??!!

    I've spent about two hours on the phone with Tullio from Reefbrite this week. I learned so much about light! Man, he likes to talk.
     
  16. dz6t

    dz6t Acro Garden, BRS Sponsor BRS Member

    Yes. Led does not lack Par, they lack spread.



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  17. Syntax

    Syntax Non-member

    I've been running the reefbrite 14k twin-arc bulbs for about a week, 6 hours a day average and the arc tubes look like they are burned a little... Is this the "burn in" period? Is this normal?
     

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  18. dz6t

    dz6t Acro Garden, BRS Sponsor BRS Member

    That is normal. The mercury inside made the bulb looks dark. Actually it is sign that the bulb is new.


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  19. Syntax

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  20. cilyjr

    cilyjr Chris Staff Member Moderator BRS Member

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