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LED's are so confusing now. We have a dome light (actually a couple of them but only one red one) that uses somewhere between 15 and 20 LED lights (I looked at one but can't count them with out disassembling the thing). We used 5 of these (three white and two blue or visa versa) multi-LED dome lights to light our 45 hex (until I got the happy face seat at MACNA and won the new MarineLand LED bar - love it). We use the one multi-lamp red dome on the left side of Tatanka's tank now as a night light. The confusion comes in with the brightness of the newer LED's and how many bulbs it takes to produce the same amount of light. I have no clue.
 

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I am with D. I just can not wrap my mind around them. MH's T5's PC's florescent... WAY easier to understand. I think I would rather buy a plug and play set up... at least then I wont have to worry about killing myself in the process. Of course I cant see myself spending 600$ on a new spiffy 24" set up so I will make do. And I thought MH were expensive... geeze.
 

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The have changed so much in this last year though. Up until recently, you needed a lot of LED's to get usable light and the reviews were not good. The light from my new fixture visually looks great on the 45 but I am not sure what will grow in it (I am thinking about switching it from a nocturnal ceph tank to a small softies reef and then doing something cephy with my larger tank). So far, I have separated a few polyps from one tank planted those and put in an unhealthy (due to urchin attack) gorgonian. The gorgonian is doing well but some of the polyps have bleached (I am not sure if this is a lighting issue or not though). Little by little I will experiment to see what will be happy there. I would really like to be able to eventually switch everything to LED for both heat and power consumption concerns.
 

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Ok I received my 'Waterproof LED Color Light Bulb with Wireless Remote' WOW this bulb is awesome! It has 13 different colors, a dimmer, plus it has color changing mode, strobe mode and a smooth transition color changing mode. The bulb is the perfect brightness for an aquarium night light. As D suggested, the only problem is that when you lose power or turn the bulb off with a swith rather than the remote when it turns on it goes into DEMO mode and displays all the colors and colr changing modes. So basically it cant be used with a timer, which is OK for me as I don't use a timer on my 'moon lights'
In all I am very pleased with the purchase.
 

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You would have have been better off to biuld a diy led fixture you can dim and on it's own driver. This gives me ideas of using reds on single driver, blues on another and whites for the last driver that way they can all be powered seperately to give you that daylight, actinic blue and introducing nocturnal (red) veiwing. This could get pricey depending on the size of the tank you are looking at lighting up but the upfront cost of leds has already proven to be worth it with power savings, and bulb replacement essentially a thing of the past. I've gone from MH's and T5ho's over my reef to overdriven 1w leds . I get more light out of 135 1wleds using daylight white's, royal blue's and violet blue's than a 250w mh using 48w of t5ho actinic lighitng and have seen much better polyp extentions, faster growth rate of stony corals, and superior par levels. Maybe if we started asking some of these companies that are producing these fixtures for little tailor made adjustments they would be willing to work with you or catch on to what is cutting edge in the hobby. I know a few led guy's that could make this dream a reality at a not too bad price considering all the new stuff that is coming out lowering the price of what's availible to comptete in a rapidly changing industry.
 

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Sources and Styles of Red Lights for nocturnals and night viewing

Starting this thread to record members experiences and finds with red lights either for night viewing and/or for tank night lighting (particularly for nocturnals).

This is a simple little gadget I found on eBay and have been quite pleased with it. The light is a very small plastic cap with an LED that snaps on a 9 volt battery. The swivel model (recommended) can be left on the battery and swiveled to turn it off (watch the video if you get one as it was not immediately obvious how to turn it off).

 

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I like these



in a clamp on light.

Cheap, easy to get and easy to change the amount of light getting into the tank either by aiming or by covering the clamp light with paper.
 

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