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I posted this awhile ago


@SuncrestReef recently posted his par readings with his light. With the profile I’m running over my 48” tank 9.5” above the water I get 150ish par on the bottom 250-300 on top rocks 6” below the surface.
 

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Maybe I missed it but what kind of warranty comes with the lights? I could not find it on the website.

FYI, I am a T5 user but looking at LEDs. Just have a very hard time forking over that kind of money and only getting a guaranteed 1 year out of them. I want a light that lasts 10 years or more but maybe that is a pipe dream. :) Well my T5 fixture probably will...just have to replace the bulbs every 1.5 years. I have a 130 gal display currently with mostly SPS.
 
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Maybe I missed it but what kind of warranty comes with the lights? I could not find it on the website.

FYI, I am a T5 user but looking at LEDs. Just have a very hard time forking over that kind of money and only getting a guaranteed 1 year out of them. I want a light that lasts 10 years or more but maybe that is a pipe dream. :) Well my T5 fixture probably will...just have to replace the bulbs every 1.5 years. I have a 130 gal display currently with mostly SPS.
3 years warranty
 

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Anyone running these with T5s? If so what are your thoughts on if the T5s help visually or not? I'm going from MH/T5 to LED/T5. I might do just LEDs but I am reluctant and like the combination and look T5 adds.
 

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Anyone running these with T5s? If so what are your thoughts on if the T5s help visually or not? I'm going from MH/T5 to LED/T5. I might do just LEDs but I am reluctant and like the combination and look T5 adds.
Personally, I would not use the T5s with LED. A large portion of the T5 lights do not even go into the tank if mounted say 8", 10", or 12" above the water. Without a canopy, you'll ended up lighting up your room. If have the budget, add enough ReeFi Duo Extremes will give you that T5 like blanket fill light from the ReeFlectors plus be able to control each color intensity individually. With over 1000 steps of dimming steps from 0 to 100%, you can adjust for smooth gradual intensity transition or instant transition and no side glares.

You can see pictures of some setup here:
 

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i was pretty set on going T5s with them, but honestly after reading reviews and asking around, the T5 hybrid fixtures just don't seem great. They either have longevity issues (aquatic life) or they're expensive (geisemann) and modifications need to be made. The Geisemann is 24" wide, so the reefi's would fit by default, but then most tanks (including mine) are only 24" front to back, so how much of that light is even making it into the tank? And I was going to hang the fixture fairly high so there would be less spotlighting. The aquatic life is too narrow by default so you have to buy the 24" end plates ($25) and then from what I can gather two sets of longer mounting brackets ($15 each).

Just seems more prudent to hang/mount the reefis perpendicular to the tank and go with an additional fixture.
 
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Just seems more prudent to hang/mount the reefis perpendicular to the tank and go with an additional fixture.
That's what I just did today. I needed more light to the front and back of my Reefer XL 425, so I rotated them 90 degrees and added a 3rd light. Big improvement!

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Personally, I would not use the T5s with LED. A large portion of the T5 lights do not even go into the tank if mounted say 8", 10", or 12" above the water. Without a canopy, you'll ended up lighting up your room. If have the budget, add enough ReeFi Duo Extremes will give you that T5 like blanket fill light from the ReeFlectors plus be able to control each color intensity individually. With over 1000 steps of dimming steps from 0 to 100%, you can adjust for smooth gradual intensity transition or instant transition and no side glares.

You can see pictures of some setup here:
I tend to agree and I know JDA does as well. Hybrid approaches aren’t the best of both worlds. It’s a compromise between the two. Rather than adding t5’s I’d just add more leds.
 

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That's what I just did today. I needed more light to the front and back of my Reefer XL 425, so I rotated them 90 degrees and added a 3rd light. Big improvement!

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Great looking setup. I definitely would mount fixtures like this front to back and go for an extra unit. This is a good example of how many units are needed to get the coverage and reduced shadows. Another example I like is the BRS 750XL I think it is, with 10 XR15s over it. Gotta add the extra pucks when going all LED is my feeling. This thinking is also leaning more towards SPS dominant set ups too though.
 
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One of the strip lights crossed my mind as a decent alternative to avoid shadowing, but without a canopy it might be kinda janky?
I bought them with the intent to go go T5 when I decided to remove 4 Gen5 radions. I like them so much I decided to keep them, my wife even likes them lol. I’m extremely happy with the ReeFi’s but the reef brites add a blanket of light and kills any shadowing. I’m running reef brites both at 50% power starting mid light cycle dimming to off with the ReeFi’s. It’s overkill but what isn’t in this hobby, I don’t use them with the intent of growing anything really, if it helps great
 

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Can you explain how they're controlled? Thru an app function or is there a separate controller for these?
Using the Bluetooth controller they sell, kind of a rip-off IMO but it works better than Mobius for what it’s worth. I bought the cheaper of the two and it powers 2 36” XHO’s no problem. You can find a video about it on YouTube.

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That's what I just did today. I needed more light to the front and back of my Reefer XL 425, so I rotated them 90 degrees and added a 3rd light. Big improvement!

31DD359F-B59E-4BEF-80A9-51DE598FB757.jpeg

B6A67B69-9050-4ADB-9F8F-0312C7A4CDD0.jpeg

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This type of coverage is what I am looking for when I think T5/LED Hybrid but seeing it with just LEDs shows it is possible I just need to add more LEDs. Beautiful tank as well!


Personally, I would not use the T5s with LED. A large portion of the T5 lights do not even go into the tank if mounted say 8", 10", or 12" above the water. Without a canopy, you'll ended up lighting up your room. If have the budget, add enough ReeFi Duo Extremes will give you that T5 like blanket fill light from the ReeFlectors plus be able to control each color intensity individually. With over 1000 steps of dimming steps from 0 to 100%, you can adjust for smooth gradual intensity transition or instant transition and no side glares.

You can see pictures of some setup here:
Thank you everyone for the feedback. I can always add T5s after the fact if I am unhappy with the LED only route. @danlu_gt how many ReefFi do you think I would need to get the T5 blanket cover look for my size tank (125G Tall 60 x 18 x 25)? Would I be better off having the ReefFi parallel or perpendicular to the tank?
 

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Thank you everyone for the feedback. I can always add T5s after the fact if I am unhappy with the LED only route. @danlu_gt how many ReefFi do you think I would need to get the T5 blanket cover look for my size tank (125G Tall 60 x 18 x 25)? Would I be better off having the ReefFi parallel or perpendicular to the tank?
For 125G Tall tank with only 18" depth, you'll only get 3" on either side of the ReeFi Duo Extreme if placed in perpendicular to your tank length. If you do decide to place them in perpendicular, then I would limit the height to be no more than 4" or 5" above the water so you don't get too much light spill out of the front and back. Because of the short height off the water, you'll need 4 ReeFi Duo Extreme for good coverage but need to tune them down so you don't over PAR your corals. For this reason, I recommend placing 3 ReeFi Duo Extremes in parallel to your tank length and space them about 8" apart at mounted height of 7"-10" above the water.
 

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