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My new ATI Sunpower dimmable 4x24 light...

The light finally arrived today and it's definitely hands down the best light that I have ever owned. It's well built and easy to use if you're somewhat of a "techy" person.

Since I need to burn in the bulbs @ 100% for at least 50 hours, I hung the light 25 inches from the substrate. I'll keep it this way for 7 days so hopefully I do not develop any algae. My plants started to pearl like crazy within 10 minutes in my small 60-P (24 inches by 12 inches ~18 gallons). What's really nice is the fact that the entire aquarium is covered in lights so the plants no longer have to reach to the light source...they all straightened out within the first hour it seems.

Now I have a week to figure out what percentage that I'm going to run these on and how high off the substrate. Anybody have any suggestions on the percentages?

Any advice is appreciated.

Here it is when I first received it and installed it...the light was low in this pic since I was programming but has since been raised to 25 inches from substrate.



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Woah, nice setup and sweet light. Will definitely keep tabs on your tank progress. (love the wingtips too!)
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can you post pictures with 2 bulbs vs 4 bulbs at 100% ?
i'm thinking about htat fixture, the only thing i wonder it's the light output that seems crazy !!
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can you post pictures with 2 bulbs vs 4 bulbs at 100% ?
i'm thinking about htat fixture, the only thing i wonder it's the light output that seems crazy !!
At some point I will but for now I have it in my "burn in period" so I don't want to be messing with the settings.
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hmmm more ways to dump cash into the hobby.. .me likey!

are these standard bulbs?

what's the color temp of the default bulbs?

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hmmm more ways to dump cash into the hobby.. .me likey!

are these standard bulbs?

what's the color temp of the default bulbs?
It doesn't come with default bulbs...you need to select what you want.

I went with 2 Midday Sun and 2 AquaFlora.

Total cost with free shipping was $557 so not all that bad for what you get.
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i agree. im looking for the 48" version to run on my 55g. *grin*

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How many lamps per channel?




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How many lamps per channel?
Each channel controls two bulbs from me quickly playing around with it.
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My new ATI Sunpower dimmable 4x24 light...

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Each channel controls two bulbs from me quickly playing around with it.
Well it's hard to give a specific range due to a range of factors. I can tell you what I would try if I was in your shoes, i.e., varying the intensity up to 100% on Chan for 1~1 1/2hr, then Chan 2 kicks in when Chan 1 is @ 100% (no dimming) for the Midday burst of 5-7hrs. Then back to lowering intensity on Chan1 from 100% to off.

This might not work for you or it might. You gotta play around with it to see what works for the plants.



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Sweet lights. I've been trying to decide whether to get these or a Maxspect 8000k. (Also nice walnut wingtips. McCallisters by any chance?)
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Well it's hard to give a specific range due to a range of factors. I can tell you what I would try if I was in your shoes, i.e., varying the intensity up to 100% on Chan for 1~1 1/2hr, then Chan 2 kicks in when Chan 1 is @ 100% (no dimming) for the Midday burst of 5-7hrs. Then back to lowering intensity on Chan1 from 100% to off.

This might not work for you or it might. You gotta play around with it to see what works for the plants.

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Thanks, I'll give it a shot...pretty good idea.

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Sweet lights. I've been trying to decide whether to get these or a Maxspect 8000k. (Also nice walnut wingtips. McCallisters by any chance?)
Good call. I love Allen Edmonds...I have a few pairs that I alternate on the regular.

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline...40000000001_-1
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Same. I love my Strands.

Back on topic, do you think that the 24inch 4x24W would be enough to light a 30 gallon (36Lx12Wx16H)?
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you might want to go higher with it on burn in phase, these things put out a ton of light. I have my photoperiod set like this on my 36x6
2 hours 0-75%
4 hours on 75%
2 hours 75%-0

I had them staggered so one channel would come on for an hour, then the other would come on but it seemed to look more progressive to ramp both channels up together. you might try a blue special bulb, or even a purple special, they make the tank pop a bit more in my opinion.
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