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- Jan 15, 2018
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I almost bought the Coral Care as well but as soon as I heard that the whites had to be turned down (to the detriment of par output) to achieve the blue look, I passed on it and bought the Straton.
You will be happy with the Straton.
However, I do not think it is a correct assessment or representation on the Coral Care spectrum. My understanding is that they are going for a more natural sunlight look and feel vs. that of the heavy blues. This was one of my complaints on the review BRS did with them and relates to your comment. If you want the heavy blue look then you have to turn down the whites and as a by product lose power and par. So not cost effective - which I agree. If you prefer the blue then these are not for that hobbyist. Easy as that. But as with Kessil (logic) and these - both will grow corals just as well (look at the users of the Gen 1's for example).
Personally speaking, and I own neither the Straton or the Coral Care's for the record, I find they are both one of the best units on the market today. They pretty much single handily set the bar for any and all new lights moving forward. Form factor, spectrum, spread and coverage, design, and mounting. And if one was to search a bit more and compare results to another recently released light there will be a stark difference in failure and issues upon launch that these two do not have.
Just my take - both lights talked about in this thread are great and set the bar, high. I think it will come down to the hobbyist spectrum likes. But in the end I don't think you can go wrong with either honestly. I have a nice old piece of wood that I could probably carve out and tuck these bad boys in and still provide good air flow...
Anyway - love the thread. Love seeing the mounting options. Keep it up.