BEST REEF LIGHT ON THE MARKET! By NE Patriots Fan on 4/2/2014NE Patriots Fan would recommend this product to a friendI bought a 48" Cebu Sun System with 2 x 250 Watt Metal Halides and 4-T5 from my local fish store a year ago. I LOVE IT. The corals have grown under this light better than any lighting system I have used before, especially my SPS. My pink birds nest Acros are growing like crazy. Nothing has given me better coral growth. I have been a reef hobbyist for over 16 years and have used Custom Sealife Power Compacts, SLS Tek T5 HO, Radion LED lights and now Metal Halide with T5. Metal Halide with T5 is an unbeatable combination. The halides give you a good shimmer effect to the water. The 10,000K bulb is high par and looks good with the 460nm T5 bulbs that come with it. What's nice is that you have a lot of control with this light as to how you want your tank to look which is a big plus. You have a power cord for each metal halide and a power cord for each two T5 bulbs. The two MH ballasts are small - about 7" x 5". I use one dual outlet Apollo timer for the halides and two timers for the LEDs. I warm up my tank with two T5 actinics for 20 minutes, then have the other two T5 bulbs come on and then about an hour into it have the two metal halide lamps come on for about 8 hours. There are two fans - they're not noisy - and are important for extending bulb life, especially for T5 bulbs. Fan cooling T5 bulbs makes a huge difference in their performance and life span. I have not had to change out my halides or T5 bulbs yet. The T5 Actinics really give the tank a lot of "pop". My green maze brain corals and my green frogspawns really show off well under the 460nm T5 lights. This is the best lighting system on the market right now for anyone looking to do a reef tank.
Big, bulky, PITA By K8808 on 3/21/2014K8808 wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI searched for quite some time looking for the number of cords for this unit prior to purchasing. I found one comment claiming it comes with one 10' lamp cord and assumed that it meant there is one cord. WRONG! Turns out there are 5 plug-ins, a HUGE ballast and there are no actual on/off switches for this light. To turn each individual light component on/off, you have to unplug it. The T-5's do not fully illuminate, the fans are very loud and there is only one LED moonlight on the left hand side to illuminate HALF of my tank while the other half is left completely dark. The glass cover is a pain to slide on and off to change light bulbs as you have to remove the legs and it does not fit under the metal lip that holds it in place. I had horrible customer service from Hamilton (once I actually got a hold of them) and was unable to return this light to Bulkreefsupply for anything more than store credit. If BRS had a 3-in-1 light with one cord and built timers (such as the Marineland model) I would be ok with that however they do not. If I could rate this product 0 stars, I would have. Very disappointed first time customer
Excellent light By Travo on 4/15/2013Travo would recommend this product to a friendNice fixture works great nicely built
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