All Reefbrite LED worth it?

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  1. Gonzo

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    So question for you all:

    Is going from T5's to an all LED Reefbrite lighting worth it? Here is the tank specs:

    1.) LPS, and maybe some clams, and Fish (of course)
    2.) No SPS
    3.) Tank Size: 60 x 24 x 24 or I might go 72 x 18 x 24

    I ask because I'm thinking of going all LED instead of MH's. Mainly from the electricty standpoint. If it is worth it, how many 48" strips and which types would I need to purchase?

    Thanks!

    -R
     
  2. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

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    From an electrical standpoint? Eh... IMO no. LEDs are efficient but they are not that efficient to justify the electrical savings cost vs existing hardware you already own. Now if it was a matter of buying new lighting vs new lighting, then perhaps.
     
  3. GreshamH

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    Crucial point is missing to this equation.... how many T5's are you currently running...

    For what you have described I would go with 4 - 6 of the strips with a heavy push for the 6 count (and get the brackets for them).
     
  4. eldiablosrt8

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    I cut my bill by 73 month with just my led change.....
     
  5. GreshamH

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    What did you change from?
     
  6. Gonzo

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    I'm currently running a 4 bulb Superactinics T5 setup.

    So if I went with 6 strips, that would be about 1200$ ?
     
  7. Gonzo

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    What did you change from and what is your current LED setup? If you changed from MH, how do you like the LED shimmer?
     
  8. GreshamH

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    My bill only went down $60 with removing 2x150w DE MH (eballast) and 4x 24" T5 actinics. I didn't replace them so the saving would be half that in my case had I went to RB's, about $30 a month.
     
  9. GreshamH

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    Dunno retail on them so I couldn't help you. Jess can tell you that. He runs six of them on his tank.
     
  10. Gonzo

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    Gresham,

    Did you not buy retail?
     
  11. GreshamH

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    no comment
     
  12. Gonzo

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    Well I was more asking if you did a DIY or went through craigslist. Not asking if you stole them :)
     
  13. GreshamH

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    Nothing stolen, not DIY and not purchased used. I have been employed in some form or another in this industry for a long time ;)
     
  14. jestersix

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    Gotta love having the right friends!
     
  15. GreshamH

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    :D I've known Joy since the late 90's....
     
  16. GreshamH

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    And I don't get them for free... I don't get a screaming deal, I know that. The mark up on those isn't like livestock, that is for sure.
     
  17. Gonzo

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    Gresham,

    How do you compare the shimmer from the MH's to LED?
     
  18. eldiablosrt8

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    Hey man if you wanna talk or check out tank call me 925 five four 8 1098

    Jess
     
  19. eldiablosrt8

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    I went from 2x250 n 2 vho
     
  20. Gonzo

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    Will do - thanks eldiablosrt8
     

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