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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-28-2016, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb Satellite Plus Pro PAR Data

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the delay, I said a couple months ago that I bought a brand new Apogee PAR meter with the sensor calibrated for LEDs. I'm just getting around to making new videos of tests. The first one is this light. You can check out the data.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-29-2016, 12:30 AM
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Thanks for doing the work, useful info to have.

Your last comment in the video aside, knowing the APR 3 - 6" off the axis would have been most usefull. That would indicate the spread and help people like me to decide if they want one or two, for say, an 18" wide tank.

The price also increases substantially for longer fixtures. When comparing to Finnex, one might consider that a double ramp timer is about $50 all by itself.
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In theory. I want to have an acrylic tank made with pedestals at different levels and off center etc... But I can't justify the cost yet. But if I had a 18 inch deep tank with different steps at every inch or something you could really see some PAR data.
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I ment an 18" *wide* tank. My biggest problem with Finnex, Current USA and such is the spread from a single fixture mouted directly on the rim. I have over a dozen Current USA Planted Plus and "regular" Planted Satellites (no PRO) because I end up using 2 or 3 per an18" front to back tank. With the PRO model being roughly 2.5 times the price of Plus, I would want to know the difference between the spreads.

Using graph paper with X and Y axis in inches under a clear bottom tank would solve a part of your delema. Or just a plastic measuring tape.
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Thank you for posting. Sure wish this would have been available before I purchased mine. Bought it thinking the ability to dial back the intensity would be nice so I could tailor it for my tank, given the "100+" par advertised at 12". Now I find myself using it at full intensity and shopping for an additional fixture because, as you found, it's putting out significantly less than advertised. I'll add that I emailed and called Current twice about this (thinking maybe I had a defective light) and never received any response.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-03-2016, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Wow I didn't know they advertised it at 100par at 12 inches... Yikes.
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I've been looking at them for a while but 2 x $240 for a 40B or 90P? And then again, DIY aside, what are the alternatives? Grrrr ...
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Yea, I'm 100% disappointed with this light. Huge waste of money.

The timer is cool. The remote control is cool. The form factor is reasonable. But, whatever. I spent ~$300 on a light for a 55G that puts out a comparable amount of light to a 2 bulb T8 shop fixture. I don't care how many bells and whistles it's got. I should've researched more, to find out that the advertised PAR values are 100% total crap. It's my own fault. To be honest, if they advertise this at 100+ Par at 12", and they advertise the regular Satellite (not pro, not plus) at 15.... Then what PAR is that one getting? 1? 2? Maybe a whopping 5? Highway robbery.


@DMtankd , I'm doing the same thing you're doing. I spent $300 on a light that needs to be supplemented. Lovely.

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I didnt watch the video, but the comments are not good. I was planning on buying these for a non-planted, and I still will, but if the par is as far off as you say, then I feel bad for those who spent money on it. I have a Ray 2 that (As far as I know, without a PAR meter) puts out a ton of light, for ~$160.

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