Current USA TrueLumen Pro LED Striplight
Deep Blue-bad thread job
Posted: 2/4/2016 from San Clemente, CA UNITED STATES
At the end of the LED fixture is a whole for the mounting brackets to be secured--mine was either drilled wrong or the wrong internal thread diameter. I bought two units and one is not mountable. I tried the hardware from the other strip and still the same issue, it's not grabbing and it's not stripped, weird I know. I'll hit the hardware store in the morning to see if I need a longer screw for it to grab the threads otherwise I'm returning one. Check the unit the day you receive it to make sure the machinist wasn't high. The one I purchased is the Deep Blue color.
I get it, this stuff happens. Overall, the color is pretty good and intensity is decent. I'd rate five stars if I'd not had this manufacturing issue.
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Like T5's on steroids
Posted: 8/27/2015 from GERMANTOWN, TN UNITED STATES
Quality economical LED strips that work well in a canopy. Brighter than T5's but like them multiples are required for corals. They operate with little heat build-up. I am using four strips over my 75 controlled by their ramp timers.
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Great quality but PAR lacking.
Posted: 8/5/2015 from Wichita, KS UNITED STATES
I've been happy with the Current TrueLumen strips but there are a couple of issues. I've had all 3 colors and am currently running five 48" strips on my 155g 6' reef, some for almost 3 years with no problems.
Quality made. These strips are tough! Have dropped a few times and also dunked in saltwater- not even a flicker! Have had three for 3 years and no sign of wear or dimming.
Very little heat.
Great Coloration. The 12K is your basic white- to me, 12K should have a hint of blue and this has none- all white but not a big deal. The Fusion is blues and 12k's combined in a 1:2 ratio- looks very nice! The blues really make the corals pop- very happy!
Controllable. These work well on a couple different controllers.
Value. These strips are a good value when purchasing 1 or 2. Past that, you may want to look at a different light (see cons)
The biggest con is the PAR output. These lights looks bright out of the box but PAR readings are a different matter. I measured three 48" strips at full intensity over a 48" tank. PAR levels were about 90 midway. I also measured 5 48" strips on a 72" tank and got about 110. I would expect more PAR from these. They work well with softies, LPS, and some anemones but just won't cut it for SPS.
Not sure what the other reviewer means by great shimmer but these have very little. I also run Kessils on my tank and these produce fantastic shimmer. The strips offer maybe 10% of the Kessil shimmer.
Power Supplies are too expensive. You can only run 2 48" strips on a single power supply (at the tune of $45).
Overall a good quality light and can work well for certain tanks. Don't produce the PAR needed for hard corals though, even with multiple units.
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Posted: 8/4/2015 from EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, NJ UNITED
I purchased this light along with the actinic blue and 2 marine fusions to replace my stock biocube 29. I'm very impressed with the brightness you get for the size and price of these lights. They put out relatively no heat. Very easy to install and add that great shimmer effect. LPS corals are doing great. Highly recommend adding blues for a crisper look for reefs.
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