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LED DIY fixture question...???

has anyone used these LED bulbs...?
http://http://www.miracleled.com/mir...A2ADAANAA6ADMA

thank you for any help you may be able to offer...
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The posted link doesn't work "error 404 page not found". Search results show a few different bulbs from the same manufacturer, so I can't really guess as to which bulb you're referring to.

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There isn't enough information given about that bulb to even guess how well it would work. If someone has tried it, that would be the best source of information.

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what about this fixture..? has anyone used it..?
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48" - 52" Freshwater Bright LED by Beamworks
The Beamworks Freshwater Bright LED fixture provides a high quality, energy efficient light fixture that replaces the typical single tube fluorescent light. Use the 10000K white LED during the day and the Actinic Blue 460nm LED during the night. The Beamworks LED is a sleek and contemporary light fixture that will make any other aquarium light look dull. Long lasting LEDs with no bulb replacement required.
Extendable brackets - 48"-52" (120 - 132 cm)
Super energy efficient freshwater aquarium lighting. No bulb replacement required.
Features:
Dimensions - 47.75 x 5.00 x 1.00
Brackets add 0.65" in height
Includes 174 LEDs
900 Lumen
Super energy efficient .06 watt LEDs
162x 10000K LEDs
12x Actinic 460nm LEDs
Uses 11 watts
Slim and contemporary light design
2 mode on / off function for day and night use
Extendable bracket - 48"-52" max extend
Splash guard
110V - 220V
Listing includes:
1x 48" LED light fixture
1x Power supply (North America power plug)
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Generally, you are going to have less than stellar results trying to grow plants with random eBay lights. There is a nice lighting thread here discussing what works in the stickey. We also have a few vendors, like Finnex, that provide a good value line of LED that are proven to grow plants.


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In order to know whether or not the Beams Work fixture will suit your needs, we'll need some tank specifics.

What are the dimensions of your tank?

What plants do you hope to grow?

Will you be using CO2 and dosing ferts?
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Generally, you are going to have less than stellar results trying to grow plants with random eBay lights. There is a nice lighting thread here discussing what works in the stickey. We also have a few vendors, like Finnex, that provide a good value line of LED that are proven to grow plants.


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thank you, just read the stickey...
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thank you, just read the stickey...
No problem. I hate to see people potentially waste money on eBay. Plenty of good products out there, but plenty of it is junk too.
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In order to know whether or not the Beams Work fixture will suit your needs, we'll need some tank specifics.

What are the dimensions of your tank?

What plants do you hope to grow?

Will you be using CO2 and dosing ferts?
i have 3 tanks, they are as follows...
19.9"w x 10"d x 10.5"t (betta tank)
23.5"w x 12"d x 15"t (betta tank)
last is a standard 55 gal tank (goldfish tank) not set up yet

the plants will be a combination of the following...
micro sword
anubias nana
cryptocoryne
water sprite
anacharis
caboma
java fern
nymphaea / lotus lily

not using CO2, YES dosing (plant tabs)

currently using marineland natural daylight F15T8 15" bulbs (2 per tank)

i am looking for something a little more energy efficent and this be able to the have light i need for the plants.
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No problem. I hate to see people potentially waste money on eBay. Plenty of good products out there, but plenty of it is junk too.
i did read a comment about the fixtures i am looking at to be very similar to a marine land fixture.
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A Fugeray would be perfect for your needs then, in that case.
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A Fugeray would be perfect for your needs then, in that case.
i JUST got done reading about the Fugeray website.. LOL...

would i need the Ray II for the 55 gal? or will the Fugeray do just fine?

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If you are not injecting CO2, for any size tank, I would go with a Fugeray and not the Ray II.
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You can get by with a cheap Beams Work Double Bright fixture on your tank that's just 10.5" tall. That'd put you in the realm of low light. Would be okay for Anubias, some Crypts, Java Fern, mosses.

But you'll honestly be disappointed unless you get something better - like a Finnex T5.
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