I bought the light because it's sleek, packed with features, and puts me right between low and medium light on my tank, which is what I'm aiming for. Once I got it I thought it was kind of silly to have all of the dynamic weather effects and nearly infinitely adjustable colors with no automation. Plugged into a regular on/off timer it was kinda lame. I had a spare Arduino lying around and realized how easy it would be to control the fixture if I could figure out the IR codes. So here we are.
The light is about as cool as you can get in this price range, and our controller is endlessly more customizable than what current plans to offer (when it finally hits the market). I have yet to find another solution as cost effective and loaded with features. Once it's all said and done, I will have around $175 in the setup, including the 48" light fixture. I don't think you can get complete automation, dynamic weather, and full spectrum RGB LEDs in any other setup for even twice that price.
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