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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old 03-04-2016, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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Is a Kessil overkill?

I'm setting up a 125 soon and it's 72x20x24. I was thinking about doing 3 Kessil A150 Amazon Sun. That would put coverage for each light at 24x20x24, which it sounds like they can do.

Is this stupidly overpowered for a 24" deep tank? Am I wafting my money? What are some other options? I'd strongly prefer pendants over a 72" strip of lights like a Finnex or something. Are there any other LED pendants worth looking at?

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Take a look at aquatic life Halos. I have 2 over my 48g and love them. Better color than the kessils.





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Maybe take a look at the AquaticLife Halo lights?

I went through this whole debate a couple months ago but did end up getting BML strips. The Kessil was really nice and I ended up buying one to test and then returned it. Like others have complained, the lack of red in the spectrum was not hte look I was looking for.

I almost bit the bullet and went Halo after this thread on here but ultimately decided to go BML. I would definitely take a look at the Halo lights though if you are looking for a pendant. They are also 20% off for a couple more days.

edit: bsantucci beat me to it. It was his tank I saw that almost made me go Halo. Looks really nice.
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Hi, just to mention that BML do not produce aquarium lights anymore.

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Maybe take a look at the AquaticLife Halo lights?

I went through this whole debate a couple months ago but did end up getting BML strips. The Kessil was really nice and I ended up buying one to test and then returned it. Like others have complained, the lack of red in the spectrum was not hte look I was looking for.

I almost bit the bullet and went Halo after this thread on here but ultimately decided to go BML. I would definitely take a look at the Halo lights though if you are looking for a pendant. They are also 20% off for a couple more days.

edit: bsantucci beat me to it. It was his tank I saw that almost made me go Halo. Looks really nice.
Hah yep. I should be made their spokesman for this forum!

I really do love these lights though. Plants are growing great, especially since I dumped the eco complete substrate for florinvolcanit, but that's another story.

The Halos for sure have a great red spectrum. The coloring you can get is great. Plus the master light has the controller built in, you don't need to buy another controller like Kessil. So for your tank, you'd need 1 master and 2 slaves if you want to go with 3.
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$900 for 6' of light is more than I was hoping for. I know Kessils are a few bucks more than that (would be about $1000) but at least you can sometimes find those used.

Are there any other decent pendants? I'm considering the Halos now, but I'm not sure about the color temp. I really like a daylight/crisp white kinda color and that looks kinda yellow from the picture.

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You could also look at the Radion xr15fw. Very nice light, but you'll still be looking at around $1000 for three of them.
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$900 for 6' of light is more than I was hoping for. I know Kessils are a few bucks more than that (would be about $1000) but at least you can sometimes find those used.

Are there any other decent pendants? I'm considering the Halos now, but I'm not sure about the color temp. I really like a daylight/crisp white kinda color and that looks kinda yellow from the picture.

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You can change the spectrum with the controller on the Halos. Give me a bit when I get home from work and I'll post it swung to the whiter spectrum for you. I have mine a tick towards warmer as that's my preference.
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Cool! Thanks @bsantucci.

Is there a decent 72" strip light that's decent? They seem to be much cheaper (and less bright/well-made, but I can live with that).

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Take a look at aquatic life Halos. I have 2 over my 48g and love them. Better color than the kessils.





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Hey sorry to side track but you think one will be fine for a ADA 60p 17 gallon? I cant afford two lol

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Hey sorry to side track but you think one will be fine for a ADA 60p 17 gallon? I cant afford two lol
What's the length? I'd say so though. I almost covered my tank with a single light and I am 36" long. I just had some dark spots in the corner so I picked up a second light.
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What's the length? I'd say so though. I almost covered my tank with a single light and I am 36" long. I just had some dark spots in the corner so I picked up a second light.
the 60p is 23.6 inch width and 14.2 height and 11.8 inch depth 15.9 gallons specs taken from ADA site

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the 60p is 23.6 inch width and 14.2 height and 11.8 inch depth 15.9 gallons specs taken from ADA site

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Yep, single light will cover that tank for sure.
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thank you and good luck op

BTW the lights on sale for $279 sale ends March 5

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I made the Kessil run in less than 12 parsecs.



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