Post by devonjohnsgard on Oct 8, 2014 16:56:38 GMT -5
Before I pull the trigger on either the Grobeam 600 or one of the Aqua**** units does anyone have any experience with the Beamswork units? Specifically the "Freshwater Bright LED Aquarium Light 30" 0.5W HI Lumen 6500K"? There seems to be darn little technical data available. I couldnt find anything on the lumens, nor the PUR/PAR values. They are attractively low in price but without tech data I fear another case of you-get-what-you-pay-for.
I also just came from PetSmart - a large LFS chain here in California. They just restocked their aquarium lighting with something branded National Geographic LED Lights. They come in two and three rows of LED's. Since I dont really believe that NatGeo is in the business of building/marketing aquarium lights these must be another rebrand??? The prices are between the Beamswork units and the Grobeam 600 so if the PUR/PAR values are in the correct range could these be an effective emerging alternative just coming on the market?
They both look like more economical units. I personally haven't heard of either of them and I work in the industry. There's just new types coming out all the time.
The Beamwork LED I found was 10K, so watch for that. I believe these are the same as the Marineland double bright LEDs.
A review: aquarium-digest.com/2010/06/30/led-light-review-tmc-xg-1500-maxspect-more/#doublebright
The NG does look like it's from NG. At least their logo is the same. These look like LED tubes screwed into a fixture. This is more new to the LED scene. No fan needed, which is nice.
For me, I just think quality when it comes to aquarium lighting. It's one of the bigger investments for the tank, so I don't want to have to do it over and over. I also think how it's going to effect the tank. I look at amount of light, mounting, safety, and warranty. LEDs with a 3 month or 1 year warranty make me nervous.
Sorry I couldn't help more. They do look like affordable options, I'm just picky when it comes to LEDs.