Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
I think its worth the extra $30, as soon as I had my hooked up I was upset I didn't get the X. With that said its worked out fine and there is nothing wrong with it but if you do want good low level dimming than you want 12-bit. Definitely a good idea to read the manual.
Yes all channels have there own setup, you can have different levels on different channels. There is only one level of ramping, it will ramp up to sunrise and down to sunset, they share the same settings. The thing that scares me on the X is changing those values on the 16 channels. If I have to turn from 0 to 3500 that's a lot of turning the dial, just turning to 255 takes to long. Hopefully you can adjust by 10's as well. You can use all or none of the channels for moonlights its up to you. In the end I feel this is a set it and forget it type of controller.
The worst thing about the storm for me is I'm unable to see the different looks my LED's produce. For example I have 2700k, 6500k and blue LED's. I can set it so both 2700k and 6500k are turned right up, but if I want to see the difference between just the 6500k its very hard because by the time I turn the dial down to zero the transition is so smooth I can hardly notice a difference. I just hooked up my DIY controller which has sliders and now I can instantly go from 2700k and 6500k to only 2700k or 6500k and then add full blue and wow what a difference. I never realized this before, I didn't think there was much difference. So if you have 6 different color LED's and you want to tune it to a specific look it will probably be very difficult. Hope that all makes sense.
I'm using the LDD-700HW, 9 of them in total. 2 of them are for moonlight LED's and the other 7 have 4 9w LED's hooked up to each. This is way to much light though so I'm only running half power. My power supply is a NES-350-48. What's the difference between my drivers and the L series you are going to use?