Lighting 24" cube (two Kessila360X vs. one A500X)

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Sounds good, I'm wondering what the reason behind one 500 being better than two 360's is? Just to learn more about lighting myself for future reference.
It is really going to depend on what you're planning to keep in the tank. A single 500x would cover the tank and provide enough light for pretty much anything, you would just need to adjust intensity or mounting height.

One 500 isn't necessarily "better" than two 360x's. The 500x is going to have more par and more punch to be able to get that par down to the bottom of a 24" tank. The two 360's will have a little less par at the bottom of the tank, but will have less shadows.

Personally, I would go with the 500x. I would also get the narrow reflector and mount the light as high as possible. You'd probably be looking at mounting it 24" or more over the tank. I like the look of keeping the top of tank as open as possible, plus the light will never be in the way when doing maintenance on the tank. You will get some shadows because it's a single light source, but shadows make things interesting and add a sense of depth to the tank.
 
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Sounds good, I'm wondering what the reason behind one 500 being better than two 360's is? Just to learn more about lighting myself for future reference.
Stronger light with newer tech more focused on SPS keeping. The 360 are kinda week, growth is very slow.
 

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