Hence the reason they aren't used much for growing plants I guess...
No normally the Units are a bit out of the avg FW planted tank keepers budget. For example the 48 inch Solaris LED lighting system is OVER 2000.00. I bought my 48 inch T5 HO unit for 199.00.
I-4 48" 15K Solaris LED Illumination System. Supplied with Control Modular and Mounting Feet.
But it is Completely programmable including Simulating clouds passing in front of the sun. And moonlight. It is an AWESOME lighting system if you have money to burn!
Control Board/LCD Display
All units include the control board with LCD input module. The LCD display has a step through menu to program the Auto settings. There is also a manual mode to bypass the auto setting to temporarily adjust light output of each of the LED strings. (This feature is to observe the tank under different color variations like 6.5k or actinic blue only). The only way to interface to the control board is through the LCD push button display.
Auto Settings (these may change slightly):
Current Time 8AM
Sunrise Options Default Settings
Sunrise Start Time 8AM
Sunrise Time Length Blue 30 min
Sunrise Time Length White 30 min
Sunrise Time Length Night Blue Lights 30 min
Sunrise Time Length Night White Lights 30 min
Daylight % Blues 100%
Daylight % Whites 100%
Daylight % Blue Night Lights 100%
Daylight % White Night Lights 100%
% decrease from Daylight Full Brightness 0
Frequency between Clouds
Length of Cloud cover
Sunset Options Default Settings
Sunset Start Time 7:00 PM
Sunset Time Length Blue 90 min
Sunset Time Length White 30 min
Sunset Time Length Blue Night Lights 90 min
Sunset Time Length White Night Lights 30 min
Night Start Time 8:30PM
Length of Night Lights 700 min
Night % Blues 0
Night % Whites 0
Night % Blue Night Lights 10%
Night % White Night Lights 0%
Set for 28 Day Moon Cycle ON
If it will grow Coral, Plants are not an issue.