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Thoughts on Twinstar LED Light?

I'm thinking about upgrading my Finned Planted+ on my High Tech tank to something better. I just recently came across the Twinstar LED Light (Twinstar LED Light ? Aqua Forest Aquarium) which looks basically the same as the ADA Aquasky.
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I just ordered one and it is scheduled to arrive next Wednesday. I will let you know what I think.
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can you dim this fixture? it seems like it puts out a lot of light and there is no way to manage how bright it is?


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I just ordered one and it is scheduled to arrive next Wednesday. I will let you know what I think.
Which one did you order and from where? Planning on getting the 600e myself. Looking forward to your review.
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I really want to like this light but, I have ordered one and was not pleased when it arrived. The acrylic leg was broke free on one end because the screws used were to short. They shipped a replacement and the second one arrived in the same condition. Two in a row with a broken base.

This is the weird part, both lights were packed very secure and no apparent drop damage to either shipping box.
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I really want to like this light but, I have ordered one and was not pleased when it arrived. The acrylic leg was broke free on one end because the screws used were to short. They shipped a replacement and the second one arrived in the same condition. Two in a row with a broken base.

This is the weird part, both lights were packed very secure and no apparent drop damage to either shipping box.


But would you say this light is better compared to the Finnex Planted+? Aside from the broken acrylic leg?
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But would you say this light is better compared to the Finnex Planted+? Aside from the broken acrylic leg?
It's hard to say. I own two Planted+ and I think it may produce a little more PAR. I purchased this one for a new 45P set up. As far as form factor it is way better looking on a rimless tank.
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can you dim this fixture? it seems like it puts out a lot of light and there is no way to manage how bright it is?
It does not come with an ability to dim nor any controls. You must use a timer in order to turn it on and off (or unplug it)
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that sucks... i am not aware of LEDs of this style that you can dim...


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My first impression of this light is mixed. It does produce more light and (better?) light than the Fluval Fresh and Plant 2.0 but is has some oddities. Either the brightness or the color of the light makes everything in the tank seem richer or more colorful. There are no controls on the light and no instructions came with the light. Not even a basic information about the light.
It barely fits my rimless 90cm by 45cm by 45cm tank. The legs are longer on the inside of the tank and leaves a few mm of gap on both sides. This gives me the impression that the light could fall into the tank rather easily. I went to look for instructions to see if it is waterproof (like the Fluval) and found there are no instructions. I have no idea what would happen if it did accidentally fall into the tank. I put it over my 36" by 12" acrylic tank and do not like it due to the stand raises the light about 4" above the tank and I get a lot of light that reflects off of the top pf the tank and light spills over the front due to the narrowness of the tank. I purchased the light from Aqua Forest Aquarium and am happy with the company (so far).

This light is best for people who:
1. do not have a need to dim their light and use a timer to turn their light on and off.
2. have a wider tank (18") or do not mind light significant light spillover.
3. want a very bright and colorful light.
4. want a wide dispersion of light source. This light is about 2" wider than the Fluval.

I hope to take photos this weekend and will post.
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this light sounds awesome...I want high light to grow all my colorful exotics.....its full spectrum with high par...you guys really think its brighter than the fluval 2.0?! wow...that fluval has over 100 par at 12 inch depth
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If i could give this fixture less than 1 star i would. Purchased it several months ago and from the start it has often refused to turn on. Arrived home today to discover a dark aquarium. Its not working for good now. Never been damaged, although after inspecting the fixture some of the screws are rusted, none are matching, as if it was reassembled. Contacted aquaforest aquarium and really hope they will replace it. Ridiculous.
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After my first attempts at aquascaping a few years ago with lights that had no dimmers compared to my current aquascaping with lights that do have dimmers I doubt I will ever buy a light without dimmers again.


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After my first attempts at aquascaping a few years ago with lights that had no dimmers compared to my current aquascaping with lights that do have dimmers I doubt I will ever buy a light without dimmers again.
UK Aquatic Plant society forums did mentioned a dimmer for the Twinstar ES series available last Oct. So I wrote to Twinstar Europe on Facebook to inquire if it would be launch soon for ASPAC.

I've received a reply last week saying that they do have it but it's a non powered passive dimmer. (No idea what that means...) I've requested for a photo of the product but haven't received it yet. I wonder if they are hinting that you can use any 3rd party passive dimmers.
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