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Old 11-08-2016, 03:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm in need of an analysis of this light.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/48-60-Extend...sAAOSw3YNXY1Tt

The actinics are in the 460nm range but there is a lot of cool white no mention of reds; what do you think? The price is right! How about power consumption or variables I haven't considered? Interested in your opinions. Buy or pass? Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 11-09-2016, 10:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm running into more material that makes me think I should stay away from the 10,00k light. I found this one that's 6,500k which I believe is better
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Beamswork-EA...vdQJoAqhoLl4Eg

One source said not to use actinic lights which these both have
Also neither lights seem to have any reds

Please any thoughts would be greatly appreciated
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I apologies that no one has attempted to help.
I`m no lighting guru and tend to comment on stuff i have personal experience with, that said i have no intimate knowledge of the 2 fixtures you linked .
I would suggest you have a look at the Chihiros A-Series LED lights, it`s a good light at it`s price point , can`t speak to the longevity of them.
I have used them and they do the job of growing plants and can be dimmed .
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Chihiros-A-Se...arn4GkaSTqnOgA
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Thanks very much for the reply Charlie1, that is a beautiful light! I actually already ordered the 6500k Beamswork. It's arriving on Tuesday 11-15-16. I'm pretty sure this won't be my last light or tank so I'll definitely keep the chihiros in mind!
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Ok the Beamswork light was very difficult for me as a novice to research as much information on it was poorly translated from Chineese but after one month I have no complaints. My crypts died back but I understand that happens. Hygrophila and Anubis growing well and pearling with co2. Micranthemum umbrosum and valesinaria arrive next week. I'm optimistic. Also it was approximately $40 including shipping! May add a second one eventually. My only complaint is that your eyes need to be shielded from the LEDs; if they are in line it's uncomfortably bright from anywhere in the room. I suspect this is true of all .5 watt LEDs though. Hope this helps someone someday
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Default Re: LED Lighting for a 40g breeder tank for plants and few tetras

Selene, I got the Beamswork 6500K, also. You are right about the lights shining in your eyes. But that doesn't bother me since I intend to build a hood once I have all of my hardware figured out... Mine came with clear plastic stands, not the black wire type.

I also bought the timer because I wanted to leave the blue lights on in the evening for moonlight effect (you set the white and blue LEDs seperately, on the timer) . It has bad reviews because it doesn't come with instructions. Sheesh, it only has two buttons, not hard to figure out. I gave it 5 stars.

Unfortunately, the blue lights are UV. So my high-tannin water glows under them (as do the dogs when they get on the couch, nearby lol). I'll try moonlight again when the water clears.
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I got one of these seems to be working fine, it has had many comparison articles and reviews on it. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01BX...s=vivagrow+led
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