LED grow lights ?

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    I haven't tried those exact ones, but I did add some red and blue LEDs when I wired up my lights. I also used the 3W red and blues and then a few of the 10W chips for the 6500K lights. Growth was always best when the reds and blues were on. I had everything wired independently so that I could compare growth with and without. The only problem was always the added algae bonus with the blue lights.
     
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    I have used both the 10w and 3w grow LEDs and can say with some certainty that it is definitely improves growth. I can also attest to the blue LEDs promoting algae growth.

    The grow LEDs I use have a distinct pink colour so it may be a bit unsightly but once you combine it with some white 6500k LEDs it kinda gets overpowered by the bright white.
     
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    cool, will check the lights out as I see they are here in CT..

    Would a 10W growth LED be the same intensity as say a 10w LED daylight flood or perhaps less ?
     
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    then again most grow lights have the distinct pink colour thats why we combine them with white tubes/LED's
     
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    yes exactly, actually like the pink 'grolux ' colour as it brings out the colour of the fish and plants :)
     
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    Bought me one of these today @ R185 for a two foot 6500k unit for my future shrimp setup.

    LED-tubes.jpg
     
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    forgot to say fits in a normal Odyssea t5 unit. available in 2'3 and four foot sizes
     
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    Hi Paul. Where did you get these from?

    Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
     
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    http://www.clearskyleds.co.za/pETT8-600/Econo-Range-600mm-2ft-LED-Tube-Lights.aspx
     
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    Just to avoid confusion, those are direct wire retro fit tubes, not plug and play. Also, looking at the CRI it's clear that these are more for replacing old office T8's than something you'd want over tank.
     
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    Thanks RC, your answer beat my next question. Presumably this means you can't simply replace your current T5 lights with LED tubes and keep the same ballast ?
     
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    Strange very strange i got them in my t 5 unit and it is working.
     
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    I hear they usually explode and break into a fireball when off and invariably in the middle of the night :)

    for peace of mind just increase your household insurance policy ...
     
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    I know with ATI their new units which take your LED tubes are different units to the T5 ones..
     
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    @Paul, the tubes you linked to are single ended direct wire or also referred to as ballast-bypass LED tubes (atleast according to the specs they are). These need to be wired directly to AC on the live end of tube. The other end has dummy pins (no power). So, the one you bought ones you have currently working in your Odessey must be the new (direct-replace) plug & play type.
     
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    Hi RC yes sorry man mine is the plug and play LED T5 tubes
     

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