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lumen max elite reflector

The 180 build continues with new lighting!  Speaking of lighting its kind of funny how lighting preferences can change.  When I first got in to the hobby I started with metal halide lights.  Then on my current 120g tank I switched over to T-5 lighting.  Now on my 180g build I'm going back to metal halide lights.  We all know that there are pluses and minuses to all of the different kinds of lights, but in the end I think buying preferences for lighting falls in to two categories; price and preference.  In my case I just prefer the look of metal halides.  T-5 lights are great and I haven't had any problems growing corals or keeping clams, but the lighting they produce seems a little flat for lack of a better term.  I'll admit though that I would like to try out LED lights, but the price factor comes in to play there.

Back to the topic at hand.  For my 180g build I decided to go with three metal halides.  After some research and price comparing I ordered three Lumen Max Elite Reflectors from ReefGeek.  The reflectors came packaged together in one large box:

lights1

Once I opened the box I found that each of the reflectors came in individual boxes, including a cool ReefGeek bumper sticker :).

lights2

Here is a couple of shots of the reflector in and out of the box (some cardboard was removed though):

reflector     lights4

To power the lights I purchased three Lumatek 250W 120/240V Dimmable /Multi-Wattage (150W, 175W, 250W) Ballasts.  The ballasts are mounted to the wall in the fish room located under the tank:

lumatec ballasts

The general idea is to stagger the lighting to simulate the sun going over the tank so the first light would come on, then the middle light and then the last light; they would power off in the same order.  I need to pick out which bulbs I want, but right now I am leaning towards Ushio 10k bulbs.  Before I do too much more with lighting though I need to build a hood..

Until next time,

Happy Reefing!


Posted: 3 years 2 months ago by Skipper #5287
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I'd like to keep it mh only (with some possible moon light additions). One reason I'm looking at the ushio is the color output, plus I talked to Sanjay and he had some good things to say about it. One big plus was the life of the bulb, Sanjay mentioned he was getting 18 months out of his bulbs.

One question: whats a good height for getting a good spread? The tank is a standard 180 and each reflector will be over one of the openings.
Posted: 3 years 2 months ago by alanmorehead #5285
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Lots of goodies!
Are you supplementing them with anything or trying to find a lamp that will run as MH only?
Posted: 3 years 2 months ago by maxst2 #5275
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I like shiny!



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