Anybody exclusively use orphek bars for lighting?

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Thinking about switching from T5’s to 3-4 orphek or3 bars. Do they blend colors well? Is there a disco ball effect or color separation? Is it a flat light like t5 or is there some shimmer? Do you like them/do they grow coral well? Any input is appreciated
 
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I have on my last 75 reef I had 3 daylight bars...do they blend colors well? not really -but raise them about 6" above the tank and it helps..disco ball ? NO ...color seperation? yes but not bad... They grew the HECK out my corals and nems split like crazy...HTH
 

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I’m thinking about moving away from t5 altogether because of bulb replacements and I like the idea of a silent fixture. I may just stick with t5 though
My 6 bulb T5 is silent. Just remember that with LEDs there are spectrum loss, and Par loss as time passes. You would need to use a quantum meter for PAR and spectrometer for spectral shifts. Are you really saving on blubs if you have to replace LED every 5 years?
 
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My 6 bulb T5 is silent. Just remember that with LEDs there are spectrum loss, and Par loss as time passes. You would need to use a quantum meter for PAR and spectrometer for spectral shifts. Are you really saving on blubs if you have to replace LED every 5 years?
Nope. My 48 inch fixture with bulbs 200.
 
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My 6 bulb T5 is silent. Just remember that with LEDs there are spectrum loss, and Par loss as time passes. You would need to use a quantum meter for PAR and spectrometer for spectral shifts. Are you really saving on blubs if you have to replace LED every 5 years?
You’re not wrong as far as par loss over time for leds. As far as noise goes, people must have different definitions of silent, as they are basically 2 pc fans going at high speeds and can be heard easily if the room is quiet. Or are you running them at a lower setting? I have mine at 6 or 7 I think
 

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I guess it depends on the fixture when it comes to noise. I have an ATI and it dead silent. I sit 4 feet from the tank. When I do my weekly water change, I shut down everything except for the lights. I still don't hear any noises. Have you thought about replacing the fan? Good luck! :)
 

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