Viparspectra 165watt, Anyone using these?

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I may be a little late with my information but here goes.
I found a web site that tested par on several models and posted their findings.
They said at 24 inches depth directly under the unit at full intensity they read 350 par at 6 inches it was close to 1000. this was done with the unit 8 inches above the water. both channels on full. I hope this is helpful.
 
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I've changed mine yet again, this is my new layout.
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I'm not sure what settings I'm going to run it at yet. Currently its 45 blue 30 white.
 

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Hello all, does any one have suggestions for heavy duty/ceiling hooks, anchors toggle bolts to use to hang the 300w light on ceiling drywall? I believe the weight is 20-15 lbs. I have a local ACE- HD and Lowe’s by me.
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Hello all, does any one have suggestions for heavy duty/ceiling hooks, anchors toggle bolts to use to hang the 300w light on ceiling drywall? I believe the weight is 20-15 lbs. I have a local ACE- HD and Lowe’s by me.
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It's always best to find joists or studs though.
 
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Hello all, does any one have suggestions for heavy duty/ceiling hooks, anchors toggle bolts to use to hang the 300w light on ceiling drywall? I believe the weight is 20-15 lbs. I have a local ACE- HD and Lowe’s by me.
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I just hung two of the 300 watt versions using these toggle anchors with hooks that have a matching thread size.. I agree that going into a joist is the best option but in my case they didn't line up so I would've had to mount a board to my ceiling. I watched videos showing these hold around 100 lbs from a ceiling so I just used them. They easily feel secure enough to hang the lights from.
 

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I just hung two of the 300 watt versions using these toggle anchors with hooks that have a matching thread size.. I agree that going into a joist is the best option but in my case they didn't line up so I would've had to mount a board to my ceiling. I watched videos showing these hold around 100 lbs from a ceiling so I just used them. They easily feel secure enough to hang the lights from.
Got a link to these? How long have you had them hung for? Any issues?
 

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Got a link to these? How long have you had them hung for? Any issues?

I bought them at lowes along with 1/4 20 eye bolts to thread into them. I have only had them hung for about a week, so I clearly can't attest to their longevity, but they seem plenty secure to hang the lights on.
I was about to mount a rail to my ceiling to hang my lights from but I watched multiple YouTube videos testing the load that these anchors can hold and decided the lights weren't even close to maxing out these toggles.
 

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what If where I need the lights there is no joist or stud
I agree that screwing directly into a joist is by far the best way to go, but I'd guess it's fairly rare that the joists line up with where they would need to be. Which only leaves the options of mounting a wood/metal bar to the ceiling to attach to (which in my case my wife didn't approve of) or using drywall anchors.
 

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Awww man, whata great thread, following. glad i found it. i have 2 of these that was over my 75 gal and now soon to be over my 120 gal. was just looking if i needed T5 supplements for SPS. No need for the extras i guess. Following.;Woot;Woot
 

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I may be a little late with my information but here goes.
I found a web site that tested par on several models and posted their findings.
They said at 24 inches depth directly under the unit at full intensity they read 350 par at 6 inches it was close to 1000. this was done with the unit 8 inches above the water. both channels on full. I hope this is helpful.
Link?
 

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sorry but i can't find it. It was a couple months back I was looking into these because I got one and was considering changing from t5s . The par numbers at depths starting at 6 inches to 24 and the fact they are dimmable on white and blue channels separately sold me. I'm drawing less than half of the current and my corals seem happy, so win win.
 
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sorry but i can't find it. It was a couple months back I was looking into these because I got one and was considering changing from t5s . The par numbers at depths starting at 6 inches to 24 and the fact they are dimmable on white and blue channels separately sold me. I'm drawing less than half of the current and my corals seem happy, so win win.
Oh nice, so you're using one now? What settings are you running?
 

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Hi guys. Great thread.

What would be the best settings for me.

Light is 22 inch above water level and is 15 inch to sandbed.

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That's fairly shallow water. I'd start very low and work my way up. I would start at 15% white and 40 % blue. Let your corals adjust for a few days unless you have a par meter. You want your sand bed near 140 to 150 .
 

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By the way I have corals I thought long dead from years ago coming back to life. That brown with blue had disappeared for two years and I have a Kenya tree that was given to me that I dropped into a rock by accident years ago that has just come out. I'm not really sure how it happens but it does.
 
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