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I was reading a saltwater blog, and caught a link to a Current USA blog. Turns out, Current just revamped their Nova Extreme T5HO fixtures, both 2 and 4 bulb models, to have individual reflectors! I have a 2x24w Nova Extreme Freshwater with the single curved reflector, and I can see how this would be a huge improvement. I don't know of another T5 light at this price that has individual reflectors.
Check it out - http://ikescurrent.blogspot.com/

Disclaimer: I don't work for Current USA, I just get excited about new equipment. I also spent the last month looking for a cheap, decent T5HO light with individual reflectors, before giving up and building my own.
 

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The situation with the commercially made T5HO fixtures is ridiculous. 3 things:

1. Individual reflectors.
They are what is supposed to be there anyway. Advertising it as something special is insulting to the consumer.

2. Non-waterproof endcaps.
This and most other T5HO fixtures use the cheapest ($1.95 for a pair, retail) endcaps.

3. There is no need for a fan.
This and most other T5HO fixtures mount on legs. The heat produced by the T5HO bulbs is negligible, even for a reef tank. The cost of the fan is about $1 or less wholesale.

What the customer is paying is the convenience of buying the fixture and plugging it in.

--Nikolay
 

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What the customer is paying is the convenience of buying the fixture and plugging it in.
Agreed. And after building my own, I seriously doubt that anything less than a high-end commercial fixture (Giesemann, ATI, Sunlight Supply) could compare to the light I built, in terms of usable light produced.
But... I spent hours figuring everything out, and without your help Niko, would probably still be scratching my head wondering if I had it wired correctly.
I enjoyed building it, but I think many here wouldn't undertake the project in the first place. And if you're going to buy a light, you might as well get something that will perform well.
I can't think of another light at that price (I paid $55.00 for my 2x24w Nova) that has individual reflectors. You get what you pay for, but still, if on a budget, it's a good deal. That's close to what it cost me for a single bulb and reflector.
 

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I can't think of another light at that price (I paid $55.00 for my 2x24w Nova) that has individual reflectors. You get what you pay for, but still, if on a budget, it's a good deal. That's close to what it cost me for a single bulb and reflector.
Unless this price is way out of wack, it looks like it is $260 + shipping for the 4-bulb setup. I wouldn't exactly call that "Budget". Link.
 

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The one you posted was 4 bulb, 48". The one I mentioned is 2 bulb, 24". I had Big Als price-match, but they currently have it listed at $63.00
 

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You're not guaranteed to get a new current nova extreme fixture since they're barely being shipped to dealers, but do you know of a place where I can get one of the new ones?
 

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You're not guaranteed to get a new current nova extreme fixture since they're barely being shipped to dealers, but do you know of a place where I can get one of the new ones?
I've been wondering that myself. Best bet is a LFS, so you can verify it has the new features. Another option would be to contact Current USA directly, and asking them where you could find the new fixtures.

Let us know if you find anything. Good luck!
 
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