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PostSubject: Beamworks LED?   Beamworks LED? Icon_minitime2/29/2012, 8:58 pm

Anybody ever try the Beamworks LED light fixtures? I have seen them on eBay for $69 for 4 ft fixture. It has 162 white LEDs and 12 blue moonlights. I have a 5 ft, 100 gallon and I'm looking to replace my power compact that seemed to have burnt out...
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PostSubject: Re: Beamworks LED?   Beamworks LED? Icon_minitime2/29/2012, 10:20 pm

i have a 36" one. i like it, thought about getting more. i have had it on a 4 ft tank, mines 129 leds and it lit the tank decent. i think they sell a 60" one

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PostSubject: Re: Beamworks LED?   Beamworks LED? Icon_minitime3/1/2012, 10:28 am

I have one arriving today. I purchased a 36" reef bright model. It is supposed to be quite a bit more powerful than the freshwater bright leds as each LED is 1W but there are fewer of them. Check the lumens output as there is a pretty big difference between the freshwater bright models (.06w per led) and the reefbright (1W per led). If you are accustomed to pretty strong lighting and/or have a deep tank I would pass on the lower end models. The reef bright model is supposed to be comparable to the marineland reef bright units which are about twice as expensive. If I like the output I plan to get another 36" unit to spread across my 125. The T5's I have on it are decent but are only 4 ft and leave the ends of the tank a little dark and I am not 100% satisfied with the color output of some of the bulbs I have tried either. I got my LED from aquatraders which most people seem to have a love/hate relationship with but I suspect some of the auctions on ebay may be coming from the same place...the price is about the same it seems either way. I'll post some pics when I get it set up. I have some pics a guy sent me that has the same lights on a 90 gallon bowfront and they looked amazing IMO.
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PostSubject: Re: Beamworks LED?   Beamworks LED? Icon_minitime3/1/2012, 6:44 pm

First impression....kind of uncertain. I just unboxed it and set it up on one end of the tank. The white produced from the LEDS is very white which is what I was wanting (something close to 10k). I have the lights about 4-5 inches above the water surface and the shimmering is really nice....if you place the lights right above the water the focus of the beams from the LED is too strong and you can see a light beam shooting down through the water. If your tank is really wide you may need more than one fixture front to back as the LED unit is only about 5 inches wide and has a fairly narrow path it illuminates. I am probably just really used to my T5 setup so it is taking some getting used to. Construction wise, the fixture seems to be fairly well made...at least as well as any other name brand. Two of these fixtures side by side (for a six foot tank) with perhaps a 60" T5 in the back would be ideal IMO. I'll try to get some photos tonite.

Attached some photos...I had the light close to the water on the center brace in the first few pics and you can see the beaming as the spread produced by the leds is pretty tight (FWIW you can get different angles lenses for LED's really cheap but I am not sure how you would go about retrofitting them but I may eventually look into it). I moved the light to the center for some of the other photos before moving it to one side and back to the front. It does take some getting used to as the T5's I had before did a decent job of flooding the tank with light where these look more like focused spotlights. There are alot more shadows in the tank even under the lights which imparts a sort of deep water effect that some may like. At a bare minimum I will probably add another 36" unit and then either a few T5's or something similar along the back or maybe the cheaper freshwater bright unit they sell for the back. I am not a big fan of moonlights and have never used the ones on my T5 fixture. I would have preferred if they had substituted the blue LED's with some in the 6500k range as I think the colors would have been a little better.

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PostSubject: Re: Beamworks LED?   Beamworks LED? Icon_minitime3/1/2012, 8:43 pm

Overall it looks good. You can definitely see the beaming. The fixture I was looking at has a lot more actual LEDs, but puts out less lumens like you mentioned. Im curious if since there are more lights would you be able to see the beams as much? My tank is standard depth. Not a tall tank, but it's 5 ft long and I haven't found a light for that size. I've been running a 4ft power compact.
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PostSubject: Re: Beamworks LED?   Beamworks LED? Icon_minitime3/1/2012, 8:44 pm

It shows the colors of the fish nicely.
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PostSubject: Re: Beamworks LED?   Beamworks LED? Icon_minitime3/1/2012, 9:07 pm

The beaming went away when I lifted the fixture about six inches above the water which is about where my T5 is located. I got both of them going at the same time now and like the color/lighting balance alot more.
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PostSubject: Re: Beamworks LED?   Beamworks LED? Icon_minitime3/2/2012, 10:13 am

I wanted to order 2 fixtures for my 75 gallon planted but aftert talking to few people i decided on T5 HO fixture. If I didn't have plants i would of bought one.
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PostSubject: Re: Beamworks LED?   Beamworks LED? Icon_minitime3/2/2012, 7:22 pm

I went ahead and ordered the 4ft freshwater led. I'll definitely post some pics when it comes in.
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PostSubject: Re: Beamworks LED?   Beamworks LED? Icon_minitime3/2/2012, 11:26 pm

Looking forward to seeing some photos....the one you ordered has the 6500k lights which is kind of what I wish the reefbright model had instead of the blue LED's.
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PostSubject: Re: Beamworks LED?   Beamworks LED? Icon_minitime3/7/2012, 6:48 pm

I got my light in today and I'm pretty disappointed. It's no where near as bright as the power compact I had on it. Still pretty undecided I'm going to keep it or return it...
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PostSubject: Re: Beamworks LED?   Beamworks LED? Icon_minitime3/7/2012, 8:45 pm

Sorry to hear that. Do you like the colors put out by the LED's? Is it just not reaching deep enough in your tank? I like mine so far but have been thinking about selling it and doing a DIY LED build for the entire tank just so I could have one big fixture.
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PostSubject: Re: Beamworks LED?   Beamworks LED? Icon_minitime3/7/2012, 9:15 pm

The colors are great. Just seem to be a lot of dark spots. Just not as bright. It might just take some getting used to. I'll try and take pics and load them.
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PostSubject: Re: Beamworks LED?   Beamworks LED? Icon_minitime3/7/2012, 11:43 pm

pics would be nice.
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PostSubject: Re: Beamworks LED?   Beamworks LED? Icon_minitime3/8/2012, 9:53 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Beamworks LED?   Beamworks LED? Icon_minitime3/9/2012, 12:19 am

That is very nice

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PostSubject: Re: Beamworks LED?   Beamworks LED? Icon_minitime3/20/2012, 7:38 pm

Did you keep it? If so how's it going?

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PostSubject: Re: Beamworks LED?   Beamworks LED? Icon_minitime3/20/2012, 7:55 pm

I did end up keeping it. I Love the colors, however there is some dark spots in the corners and back of the tank. Took some getting used to. I might buy another smaller one just to fill in the dark spots in the future.
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