Decisions decisions...how about some help?
by, 03-08-2011 at 11:51 PM (927 Views)
Itís about time to replace the lighting over my 45gal cube the ballast is starting to go I believe. So my major decision is going to be between MH and LED, my budget is about $550
If I go will MH I will be getting a Sunlight Supply Lumen Max Elite HQI and Lumatek DIMMABLE 250W / 400W Metal Halide Electronic Ballast which I will be running at 250w with a XM 10k plus the 2 t5 actinics I already have. Total cost ~480
If I choose LED I will probably go with a MaxSpect G2-400-110W. Total cost ~480
The dimensions of the tank are 24x24x18 I believe. Right now I have a 150w MH hanging 6Ē above the water and my reflector isnít the greatest its producing a sort of spotlight in the center of the tank, because the Maxspect is only 40x18cm Iím worried I will get spotlighting with this as well I know for sure I wont have this problem with the MH, not to mention the MH is upgradeable to 400w with this ballast if I ever upgrade Iím all set
Another reason Iím considering waiting is because this LED technology is still very new in the hobby and it seems like something new is coming out every 3 months. And i donít want to be stuck with old new technology in a yearís time
If anyone has comments, concerns or wants to suggest products Iím all ears!