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    LED Lighting, may be getting my first lights

    Think I'm about to pull the trigger on 2 of these LED lights in the next few days.

    Have been using several lights from Current and have liked all the ones I've ever tried.
    First lights from Current I still use are Sunpaq lights.
    Second lights I use from Current are Nova T5 light.

    So I think it's time to give the LED route a shot.
    Anyone try these yet?
    Don't think I want to go the build your own LED route.


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    I've never used those LEDs but I've had a few current products and have been happy with them overall, 1 in 6 have failed over about 10 years.

    I've been playing around with some of the easier DIY LEDs if your interested there is a ton of info (page 3 starts the LED construction) http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...uld-love-input! and a little more from a much lower powered one http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...th-a-few-Cephs.

    I've been very impressed with the results so far but its only been under 1 month.

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    I did see both threads.
    The tank I'm coveting for more CP's, will eventually become a planted freshwater tank again using those lights. That's why I'm not overly interested in building any LED systems yet.


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    I can't speak to LEDs, but I bought three sets of 4 T5s for about $50 a fixture, and they are fantastic. The plants love them far more than older technologies. If I were you, I'd price things out, keeping in mind LEDs should fall in price dramatically over the next 5 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NatchGreyes View Post
    I can't speak to LEDs, but I bought three sets of 4 T5s for about $50 a fixture, and they are fantastic. The plants love them far more than older technologies. If I were you, I'd price things out, keeping in mind LEDs should fall in price dramatically over the next 5 years.
    Are you saying you bought 12 t5 fixtures or 3 4 bulb fixtures? If they are 4 bulb fixtures could you share a link?

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    Wow. That was not clear on my part. Sorry. I bought three fixtures, with four bulbs each.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    (I assume FlyTrapShop doesn't sell light fixtures).

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    Quote Originally Posted by NatchGreyes View Post
    Wow. That was not clear on my part. Sorry. I bought three fixtures, with four bulbs each.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    (I assume FlyTrapShop doesn't sell light fixtures).
    Your good, I'm pretty sure Andrew only sells plants. Thanks for posting that link, I think I might jump on it.

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    If your talking about price, remember that T5 bulbs are recommended to be changed once a year.
    1 fixture with 4 bulbs that may cost around $7.00 a piece is $28 dollars a year.
    The LED fixture I have is rated for 10 years.
    You'll spend $280 dollars in bulbs for the same life of the LED fixture at $103.00
    Just a thought. One thing I dislike about my Sunpaqs. It's about $25.00 for a new bulb....

    Anyway I bought 2 of the LED fixtures I linked in the first post. Man these lights are sleek looking.
    Just have to sell the Leo's in the tank I'm going to convert to a heli tank.


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