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Lights... hit me...

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Right... in a few months I'll be buying new lights (I have a wedding to pay for first lol) for my 320g... question is what do I go For?

For reference, this will cost me more than my entire set up so far, so I wanna buy the right thing and something that will last. It HAS to be led for the energy savings over time and has to be fully controllable with sunrise / sunset etc.

Maximum budget is £2,500 (about $3200). They need to cover 8'3 x 26" and 26" depth and be good enough for SPS long term. I won't be upgrading again for a LONG while (10 yrs maybe)...

EVERYTHING for my set up has been bought second hand, but as I need these to last I am buying new... this is a big purchase for me, hence the researching already.

First thought was 4 hydra 52HDs but would love to hear suggestions and your reasons...

Ta muchly.

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Reply #1

Hi

I have 4 52 hds in my 6x2x2 with sps and it's great coverage.

I think you would be looking at 5 for that size tank maybe 6.

Don't forget to factor in hanging kits as there not cheap either.


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Hi

I have 4 52 hds in my 6x2x2 with sps and it's great coverage.

I think you would be looking at 5 for that size tank maybe 6.

Don't forget to factor in hanging kits as there not cheap either.


Tim
Oh I know... 4 with a director and hanging kits is pushing the budget already!

Maybe 4 hydra 52HDs and then pick up a couple or 4 of 26s second hand down the line to fill in the gaps in coverage... sps could go in the better coverage areas until the 26s are added...

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Reply #3

Hi

I have 4 52 hds in my 6x2x2 with sps and it's great coverage.

I think you would be looking at 5 for that size tank maybe 6.

Don't forget to factor in hanging kits as there not cheap either.


Tim
Might DIY a hanging kit... I quite fancy a black powder coated rail, which would give me options to slide lights around if needed.

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Reply #4

You don't need a director with the new hd hydras

I would get the 4 lights then just add 2 more 52 hd when you have the funds. I wouldn't bother with the 26 s on that size tank.


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Reply #5

These look interesting but not sure if you would get all the features you are looking for...




https://reefbuilders.com/2017/06/16/maxspect-recurve-led-light/
Last Edit: Jun 30, 2017 8:14:35 pm by Steveanem

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Reply #6

These look interesting but not sure if you would get all the features you are looking for...




https://reefbuilders.com/2017/06/16/maxspect-recurve-led-light/
I like them !!!!

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Reply #7

Went with 2 x Evergrow it5012s in the end...

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Just seen the price!!!

http://charterhouse-aquatics.com/shop/aquatics/lighting/recurve/maxspect-recurve-r6-060-led-1

Money better spent on Radions

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Reply #9

I love my Radions.
Great lights and user friendly.

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