Viparspectra vs NiCrew vs Red Sea

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So, I'm looking to upgrade my lighting on my 92 corner. My local LFS really recommends the Red Sea LEDS (50 or 90), but at a cost of $700-800 for a pair, that seems to be a lot of money. I keep looking at the Viparspectras and their long history of success, and also the Nicrew lights. Both of them would be about 50% of the cost of the Red Sea's.

So my question is, are the Red Sea's really worth 2x the cost? I'm right the tank has shrooms, zoa's, and some Frogspawn. I'll probably keep it more of a softie/LPS tank going forward. There is a possibility of some SPS, but it would not be the primary focus of this reef.

Thanks for any insight.

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It depends what you're after. All of those lights mentioned will work and grow corals (SPS included) but the Redsea will have a lot more controllability and programmability. The Vipar and Nicrew have some basic controls for on/off timer and that's about it.

The Red Sea ReefLED will have more of a metal halide shimmer also which a lot of people prefer.

There is another option if that's what you like, check out Popbloom RS90

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I've never used Red Sea lights so I can't give any insight into if they're worth it, but I have been using Viparspectra lights for about 2 years now. The only complaint I will give about the viparspectra is the lack of control, I would love to have ramping up and down built into them. For me personally if I was looking at the cost of the Red Sea I would consider other manufacturers as well.

Since you said you are upgrading and are considering Viparspectra and Nicrew, if you don't mind me asking what do you have now? I like my Viparspectra lights for the price but I can't see them being used as an "upgrade".
 

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I've seen the Red Sea 90 in person at my LFS since that's all they run. It's an awesome looking light and it looks very much like metal halide (more so than any LED I have seen or used) Their price point is prohibitive for me though.
 
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I've never used Red Sea lights so I can't give any insight into if they're worth it, but I have been using Viparspectra lights for about 2 years now. The only complaint I will give about the viparspectra is the lack of control, I would love to have ramping up and down built into them. For me personally if I was looking at the cost of the Red Sea I would consider other manufacturers as well.

Since you said you are upgrading and are considering Viparspectra and Nicrew, if you don't mind me asking what do you have now? I like my Viparspectra lights for the price but I can't see them being used as an "upgrade".
My tank came with 2 Current USA strip lights and I've added a Nano Nemo Light that I had. The Current USA lights are very weak.
 

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So, I'm looking to upgrade my lighting on my 92 corner. My local LFS really recommends the Red Sea LEDS (50 or 90), but at a cost of $700-800 for a pair, that seems to be a lot of money. I keep looking at the Viparspectras and their long history of success, and also the Nicrew lights. Both of them would be about 50% of the cost of the Red Sea's.

So my question is, are the Red Sea's really worth 2x the cost? I'm right the tank has shrooms, zoa's, and some Frogspawn. I'll probably keep it more of a softie/LPS tank going forward. There is a possibility of some SPS, but it would not be the primary focus of this reef.

Thanks for any insight.

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The main difference is mounting height and spread. Red sea lights can be mounted closer to the surface without hotspot issues vs vipaspectras need to be 2ft above the water to fix the issue. Nicrews also don't have the best spread unless you mount them higher. The red sea also doesn't give the disco ball effect. The red sea also has shimmer lines more like the kessil.
 

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My tank came with 2 Current USA strip lights and I've added a Nano Nemo Light that I had. The Current USA lights are very weak.
I have a Current USA strip on my 55 and while I like the controllability, the intensity is awful. I will be upgrading soon I am sure. Not sure what direction I am going to go though. I am thinking Kessil, but as you said the cost is prohibitive.

I got this for my 32 Biocube and I am very happy with it. It, lacks the controllability I want, but the intensity (especially the blues) is spot on. My corals and fish look fantastic under this light.

 
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