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Old 02-17-2015, 03:20 AM   #1
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Beamworks LED Pent Hi reviews?


I am thinking of buying Beamworks LED Pent Hi for my 20G high planted tank. It has 80x 6500K LEDs that are .5 watts. I am hoping I can use it with an external timer. I particular like that is only $50. For my budget is $80.

If you have used it, what are the pros and cons?
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Maybe jeffkrol will chime in. He is a wealth of information on lighting.
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Yeah, that will work well for a 20H. It can grow algae, too!
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Never used it but one of the cons is going to be poor color rendition. But according to the DIYers it's not too hard to add some RGB into the mix. You may have enough in the budget left over to do that.

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Old 02-17-2015, 05:16 AM   #5
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I am thinking of buying Beamworks LED Pent Hi for my 20G high planted tank. It has 80x 6500K LEDs that are .5 watts. I am hoping I can use it with an external timer. I particular like that is only $50. For my budget is $80.

If you have used it, what are the pros and cons?

Their digital timer (pick th correct model btw) though pricy for what it does.. is a nice option and easier than a DIY solution.
http://www.aquatraders.com/Digital-T...VO-p/59052.htm

It is a lot of light for a 20....

some shots of a Beamswork that aren't too over exposed or post processed..
http://www.bcaquaria.com/forum/plant...-review-68018/
http://www.wafishbox.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=113012


The 6500k is a bit blueish and lacking slightly in red, but at your price point not too many options.
GREAT color comes at a price.. like this.. btw you could dig through fll bay. They do have this model for a lot cheaper..
http://www.marinedepot.com/ps_viewit...FZSKaQodHK8A7w
More great color, lots of features..good power levels for a 20 ;
$100 plus
http://www.marinedepot.com/ps_viewit...FQguaQodx5sAyQ
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Old 02-17-2015, 03:11 PM   #6
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Yeah, that will work well for a 20H. It can grow algae, too!
Yeh I know. I will be injecting Co2 with DIY Co2 citrus, which got on line.

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Those lights aren't the same as I am looking at. What I am looking at has has 80x 6500K LEDs that are .5 watts.

I figure dosing with iron I can bring the red out. Down the line I could easily splice in some reds. What kelvin rating would have some red in it.

I haven't had any luck in the past finding lights on no ebay links allowed I shall have to search later. Got to rush and get the tank up.

Meanwhile will put my 2 T5NO light strips over it. Will have 1 colormax bulb, 1 10,000k bulb, and 2 6500k bulbs. Just they are 30in thus will hang over it.
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Those lights aren't the same as I am looking at. What I am looking at has has 80x 6500K LEDs that are .5 watts.

I figure dosing with iron I can bring the red out. Down the line I could easily splice in some reds. What kelvin rating would have some red in it.

I haven't had any luck in the past finding lights on no ebay links allowed I shall have to search later. Got to rush and get the tank up.

Meanwhile will put my 2 T5NO light strips over it. Will have 1 colormax bulb, 1 10,000k bulb, and 2 6500k bulbs. Just they are 30in thus will hang over it.
first one is the .2W emitters. I don't considr them much different spectrum wise... Second:
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Beamworks has 130 leds, .5 watts 6500k


There are different row/diode count configurations but "tone" will be similar overall

for reference the one you linked:
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Super energy efficient 0.5 watt high output LEDs
80x 6500K LED
Use 40 watts approx
*Specs may slightly vary from actual
NOTE: one more PAR figure for the .5w Beamswork emitter type. Yippee

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Surface: 144
Middle: 84
Substrate: 44

I also measured the front of the tank at the substrate.
Finnex: 23
T5: 9
Beamworks: 41
The Beamworks did very well here. It is very wide and has 5 rows of leds.
http://www.wafishbox.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=113012
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Old 02-17-2015, 04:49 PM   #9
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first one is the .2W emitters. I don't considr them much different spectrum wise... Second:

http://www.wafishbox.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=113012
Thanks for making that clear. I agree the 2 look the same. I still like the beamworks strip.
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Old 02-17-2015, 05:51 PM   #10
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One of the few LED lights that actually "gets it".. At least in my mind.
Nothing against Beamswork (who are caught in the 6500K "rumor" of plant lighting)
Unfortunately it is pricy ..

JUST an FYI no more no less:
http://www.fluvalaquatics.com/ca/fre...rformance-led/
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Old 02-17-2015, 06:24 PM   #11
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The Beamswork is a bit yellow-green The fluorescents are the most green.
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Wow!! That looks better than Current Plus LED. I saved a pic of it. I love gathering info. If I don't use the info I can at least share it with someone.

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The Beamswork is a bit yellow-green The fluorescent are the most green.
I started with undercounter fluorescent. They had a yellow hue. I"v look at pics tanks with beamworks. Seem better than with fluorescents that I used.
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What color temperature were the undercounter fluorescent bulbs? If they were below 4500K, then they will be yellowish.
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I was thinking for Red I could add a LED Neon Strip and hide under the hood? Opinions?
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:08 AM   #15
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30 watt flood lights. 18$ a piece. Not bad at all. Everything is growing and that's without co2
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