Join Date: May 2012
Location: Portland Oregon
Marineland hidden led. My assessment...
Started off with one and that was great for low light but my stems suffered. Waited for another sale and picked up another one. They are the 17" model and are elevated above my tank instead of underwater. It's a 10g rimless box of shrimp water. I have the two of then connected side by side. The little bracket/housing it sits in is L shaped. Put the two together and they make a nifty light bar!
Mine is sitting roughly 10 1/2" from the substrate. The website has posted specs at 25 PAR @ 12". So i am going to call it 50 par combined. Added bonus you can adjust the angle on the lights independently. Granted they are a bit pricey but I waited around till they were on sale.
After adding the second unit my stemmed plants have really been taking off. Which encouraged me to re-scape and try my hand at a hairgrass carpet.
Dent in the wallet....
$60 something after tax. That is for both lights.
Now onto the negatives.... I really wish they added a dimming feature. They already have the "moonlighting" feature. It would be great to have a timer built in or even an attachment for replicating light cycles. The clear plastic tubes the strips are sealed in are designed for submergence. Mine sitting above tend to collect hard water on the plastic. The switches kinda suck and the suction cups are okay at best.
Now for the best part! The modding side of the coin.
You can totally pop the tubes out and easily retro fit them into a preexisting hood. I think they are standard diameters even. The clips to hold then are the same. Makes for a semi-cheap moderate light led upgrade. One step further would be to remove the strips from the tubes and mount them in a proper suspended light housing.
Well there are my feeling and thoughts on this product over the course of 4 months using them.
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