Do keep in mind I'm not a novice to planted tanks. I kept a 75 gallon heavily planted with low light plants for about 6 years. I am not a stranger to pruning and maintenance.
That said, I am a novice to high light and higher tech systems. Thats why I'm wanting to move in that direction. I've never had the experience of seeing my plants pearl and I'm interested in maintaining that sort of system. I also want to use CO2 to achieve this. Where I work I have easy access to pressurized CO2 so thats another thing I have going for this tank.