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samamorgan 04-20-2012 09:23 PM

Finnex FugeRay Product Review
 
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First let me start with a disclaimer: This is not a review of my experience, positive or negative, with Finnex as a company. This is a review of a product i currently own and have experience with, and does not reflect on Finnex or their other products.
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Now that that's over, lets get on with it. I purchased this fixture after a member in this thread pointed it out. "LED fixture that gives out medium light and only costs $40 shipped? Sign me up!" i said. Ordered it Tuesday and to my surprise here it is at 10:30am Friday morning. After getting it out of it's cardboard shipping box, this is revealed:
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Pretty standard packaging, nothing special. Fairly well protected for shipping with the bubble wrap and foam padding.

Here it is all unboxed and laid out for your viewing pleasure:
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No extra frills or crap; just a light, some legs, and a power cord. I like the power cord with the supply inline instead of at the plug, makes it so that big power supply isn't in the way of other things plugging in. The cord is a little short though (~3.5ft), not a problem for me but it might be for people with taller stands.

Putting it together was pretty straightforward. The legs just fit into two grooves that run the entire body of the fixture. No screws or fasteners to mess with, just slip it in and friction takes care of the rest. Nice way to do it. All put together:
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Putting it on the tank was also very straightforward. Slide the legs to adjust for tank width and set it on the rim. The light has a switch on each end, one controls the white emmiters, and one controls the blues. This allows for moonlight after the photo period. The luttle extra blue kick is nice when the whites are on during photoperiod as well, brings out colors nicely. Tank shot with full lights on (12"x12"x12" rimless cube @ 7.5 gallons):
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And moonlights only:
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My only complaint about this fixture is the moonlights. They're the perfect intensity for nighttime, but they're blue. Moonlight isn't blue. This is my big gripe with almost all moonlighting on the market today, blue just looks fake.

Other than the moonlight issue though, the light is a good one. Color rendition is great, fit and finish are great. Couldn't do better for $40 bucks shipped. We shall see how it grows the plants, maybe i can put in a Marsilea quadrifolia carpet in this thing finally? The website states that this puts out 38-42 PAR at 10" from the source, which is right in medium light. Time will tell.

Lowe 04-21-2012 02:23 AM

Nice informative write up and your issue with the 3.5' power cord is noted. Looking forward to your growth observations.

DogFish 04-21-2012 02:34 AM

Subscribing!

I like the look a lot better than the Clip light that came with my Finnex. Looking forward to see your plant growth success.

Lludu 04-21-2012 03:29 AM

I'm glad you did this review after me mentioning the light. It looks great on a 7.5 cube too. Thanks for the write up Grumpy Dwarf, much appreciated. Let me know how growth goes, I made a note of plants to add to my tank in the nano tank section... hoping this light will work for all those plants.

samamorgan 04-21-2012 03:42 AM

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Originally Posted by Lludu (Post 1829027)
I'm glad you did this review after me mentioning the light. It looks great on a 7.5 cube too. Thanks for the write up Grumpy Dwarf, much appreciated. Let me know how growth goes, I made a note of plants to add to my tank in the nano tank section... hoping this light will work for all those plants.

If the par values are true on the manufacturers website, this should grow any plant. Might have a small amount of trouble getting some stuff to fully carpet, but maybe not. If so, two of them would fit on a 7.5g cube with plenty of room to spare, and that would up the lighting significantly.

I will definately report back about growth in a week or two. The stargrass was working OK under the ecopico, though a bit leggy. I was only using one strip with the ecopico though, two was too much to control the GSA without me having to add Co2, and this is my low tech tank. I think this might get it to spread out the leaves some more instead of directly up. The stargrass in my main tank has leaves that are easily 3 times longer than the ones in the shrimp tank.

Lludu 04-21-2012 04:30 AM

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Originally Posted by samamorgan (Post 1829050)
If the par values are true on the manufacturers website, this should grow any plant. Might have a small amount of trouble getting some stuff to fully carpet, but maybe not.

Well this is what I'm shooting for in my 7.5



Flora:
Dwarf Hair Grass (Eleocharis parvula)
Java Moss (Taxiphyllum barbieri)
Narrowleaf Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus Narrow)
Vallisneria Corkscrew
Stargrass (Heteranthera zosterifolia)


The DHG will hopefully carpet... but I hope that light will be enough to do so, though I might have to add DIY Co2 or something to help grow these... not sure.

sayurasem 04-21-2012 04:38 AM

Man I thought this is the Ray2 lol

samamorgan 04-21-2012 05:28 AM

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Originally Posted by sayurasem (Post 1829131)
Man I thought this is the Ray2 lol

From what i can see theyre the same light, the ray2 is just longer. They both use the same LEDs, have the same unibody construction, and the same legs.

Lowe 04-21-2012 06:06 AM

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Originally Posted by samamorgan (Post 1829175)
From what i can see theyre the same light, the ray2 is just longer. They both use the same LEDs, have the same unibody construction, and the same legs.

The Ray II's are longer but also have a higher light output due to the amount of LEDs.

http://i41.tinypic.com/35a1vs6.jpg

sayurasem 04-21-2012 06:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Lowe (Post 1829206)
The Ray II's are longer but also have a higher light output due to the amount of LEDs.

Oh wait.... let me get this straight. Ray2 has higher light out put because there are more LEDs or more watt on each LEDs? I'm confused... I thought Ray2 is more brighter because higher watt on each LED not just because more LEDs crammed together into same amount of surface.

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Originally Posted by samamorgan (Post 1829175)
From what i can see theyre the same light, the ray2 is just longer. They both use the same LEDs, have the same unibody construction, and the same legs.

So is this true? they are same light, just Ray2 has more LEDs put closer together in a fixture?

edit: what the! Lowe you'r a SCAPE member too?

Lowe 04-21-2012 07:15 AM

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Originally Posted by sayurasem (Post 1829222)
Oh wait.... let me get this straight. Ray2 has higher light out put because there are more LEDs or more watt on each LEDs? I'm confused... I thought Ray2 is more brighter because higher watt on each LED not just because more LEDs crammed together into same amount of surface.


So is this true? they are same light, just Ray2 has more LEDs put closer together in a fixture?

edit: what the! Lowe you'r a SCAPE member too?


The fugeRay has significantly less LEDs. When I say light output, I'm focusing on PAR values. The FugeRays are indeed shorter fixtures, feature less LEDs, and in turn carry a lower wattage as well. Our sample 12" Fugeray/Ray ii had these readings 10" from substrate to light:

12" FugeRay Sample: 38-42 μmol/m2/s at base
12" Ray 2 Sample: 92-102 μmol/m2/s at base

After meeting a few of you at the MAX, we decided to get involved with you guys! Were you one of the attendees? Check your group to see what we have planned. Aren't you the fellow waiting for the 3' fixture?

OP sorry for going off topic~ Hope this info helps

sayurasem 04-21-2012 08:06 AM

Oh I see! ok I'm all clear now. No I wasn't at MAX xD. It just I'm interested on low wattage fixture right now because my landlord complains how the electricity bill went up or something.

samamorgan 04-21-2012 10:03 AM

Yeah after he mentioned that i checked it out. Here's an easy way to compare it: FugeRay emmiters per foot: 44, Ray II 18" and 24" emmiters per foot: 96, Ray II 16" emmiters per foot: 66.

That means that the 18" and 24" Ray II would have about 2.2x the output as the 12" FugeRay. The 16" would be somewhere in the middle at 1.5x the output. That would make the Ray II about perfect at the 18" water depth level if im not mistaken. I still cant make sense of that PAR value graph on the Ray II site though. Wish these came in 30" lengths, i'd try one out for my 20 Long rimless. Oh and dimmable, that would be orgasmic. Thought that wouldn't be very hard to wire. I did take the fixture apart to check out the internals, i could rewire this thing pretty easily. I'm contemplating switching out two of the blue moonlight LEDs for white ones so it's not so blue at night, would just take a heat gun, some reflow solder paste, and a few extra 3014 SMD LEDs.

Lludu 04-21-2012 01:41 PM

Oh same don't tempt me on resoldering moonlights... not when I have the equipment for it next to me minus LEDs... lol

samamorgan 04-21-2012 08:29 PM

I wouldn't recommend trying unless you know how to reflow solder. It's very hard to solder SMD properly with a soldering iron.


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