Harolds Noopsyche K7 testing with 'sticks

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  1. TheHarold

    TheHarold Valuable Member R2R Supporter

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    Note: I won the lights from the Noopsyche giveaway.


    The fixtures got here really quickly from Noopsyche, and there weren't any quality control issues.

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    The cord management is quite nice with the supplied mounting hardware. You may like to use a zip-tie or two though.

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    Good quality connectors to be used near water- nice touch.

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    I assembled the stand mounts despite planning on not using them, and they were really stiff and good quality. Plastic near the tank, then the metal parts powder coated for protection.

    Here I was making sure nothing would overheat and making sure everything functioned before putting them over my reef.

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    I have a rimless tank and like keeping it sleek. I felt that 6 light mounts would take away from that aesthetic, and made my own light mounting system.


    Assembling the aluminum frame:

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    Painting:
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    Lights mounted:
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    And then above the tank!

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    So far, they seem like really nice lights. I haven't checked with a par meter yet, but they are WAY more powerful than my old lighting- an 8 bulb t5 fixture. Their SPS program would have burned my corals to a crisp at that height!

    One drawback I have noticed is the limited user interface using their controller. Although all the lights synced perfectly, you can only have 7 data points. After the "Off"and "On" points, 5 is somewhat limiting. In addition, the light goes instantly to the next setting, without any sort of transition or ramping. This should not effect corals, but is a bit disappointing given the 1% capabilities of the LEDs themselves; a "smoothing" option where it slowly changes to the next point over an amount of time would be nice. Or, I hope, @noopsyche will be able to offer an update with more data points so we can make smoother programs.

    This is what I have now, but I have not tested with PAR meter yet. Just eyeballed based on my older program.

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    I will keep everyone updated on the coloration and health of my corals! @Dana Riddle Were your par readings at 100% on all channels? The white channel seems crazy bright to me compared to the T5s I have been running.
     
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  2. saltyfilmfolks

    saltyfilmfolks Lights! Camera! Reef! R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Build Thread Contributor

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    At 100%, the tank was ridiculously bright compared to my 8 bulb fixture. It’s worth noting that my fixture primarily had blue plus bulbs, not coral plus, but this light was somewhat blinding in comparison. I turned the white level to 25% to make it something I was remotely comfortable with- but yeah, I need to par map this. Been busy with the holidays.
     
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    saltyfilmfolks Lights! Camera! Reef! R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Yea. Eyes are not good meters for brightness nor par.
    Most folks actually underestimate the par af t5.
    “T5 are easier” is common. It’s usually cuz the t5 gave 3x the par they had or changed to with led.
     
  5. TheHarold

    TheHarold Valuable Member R2R Supporter

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    So I adjusted the settings so my sticks are getting ~350 par during daytime. So far so good; its been a week now and everything seems good: nothing browning out or bleaching.
     
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    TheHarold Valuable Member R2R Supporter

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    @bubbaque you were the one that saved me regarding par. I raised my T5 fixture from 3 inches to 13 inches, and the colors just exploded!

    Now I’m trying these Noopsyche lights, but at the same par :)
     
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    Wow, the tank looks great. I have one of those lights on the way and can't wait to set one up.
     
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    That’s awesome! You were blasting with light that’s for sure.
     
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    Hi Harold, did you change your original settings? What are your new settings to get those new par? How high they are from the water line and from the bottom of the tank? Just to know what to do when mine arrive.
     
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    Yes I changed my settings to get more PAR. Saltfilmfolks was correct, I didn’t have enough par on those settings. I pretty much doubled all of those settings to get my 350 halfway through the tank. The fixtures are ~10 inches above the waterline.
     
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    Can you post those new setting as a guide. Like you did before, I will like to have that setting.
     
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    When I get home I’ll do that.

    @noopsyche hasent gotten back to me regarding the possibility of adding more data points
     
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    Cool, I think that could be a great reference for everyone to start from.
     
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    So is it possible to run these without their controller?

    And is it just me in the photos your light rack is tilted?
     
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    @noopsyche

    Also, will these ever be Apex compatible? Unless you’re running an enclosed top to hide them all it seems you’d need many of these to cover a large tank. 8 for a 750xxl? 16 for a 8” x 3” x 2”?
     
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    Hey! looking great!! what are you doing with yur old brackets?? looking to get rid of them?
     
  19. MSB123

    MSB123 Someone out there put something smart here. R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award R2R Secret Santa Santa Barbara Reef Co-Op Build Thread Contributor

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    Personally, I am running a 180 gallon tank, like the 750xxl, and you could 6. Mabye 10 on an 8x3x2
     
  20. TheHarold

    TheHarold Valuable Member R2R Supporter

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    Yes and yes. These can run at 0, 25, 50, 75, and 100% without the controller. They remember their last state, so you can turn them on and off on those settings. But you cannot control the spectrum.

    Yeah probably tilted lol
     

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