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About them black boxes

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by ashburn2k, Jul 29, 2017.

  1. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

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    Posted this in my tank journal, but thinking this is where it should belong

    the battle of cheap chinese black box LED

    180w remote control vs 160w manual control

    180w
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/180W-LED-Aq...133245?hash=item1ebd7d6f7d:g:DV0AAOSwmIJZeZYH

    160w
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/WELLPAR-165...503293&hash=item2a4d626923:g:RuQAAOSwOgdYoneG

    There are a lot of simlear generic brands on ebay/amazon, but the major differences are their watt label and 180 tends to come with a remote while the 160 are mostly manual dim dial.

    180w on the left turned on at full, while 160w on the right is only turned 100blue and 30white

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    Both lights at 100%, but I had to turn exposure down so the photo won’t look overexposed, 160w at rightside outperform 180w at left.

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    180w led layout

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    160w led layout

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    160w led top with dial control and two power plugs

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    180w led top with no controls but one power plug.

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    Bottom line, stay away from 180W led boxes as most of them are remote controlled and it will not let you manually control blue/white channel separately. And they have less par than the 160w.

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  2. Flagg37

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    Did you happen to see how much wattage they were actually drawing?
     
  3. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

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    Nope, I don’t have anything to test them out.


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