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Just got two on amazon and its working well. Not as bright as my finnex DS its replacing but the changing 24/7 mode is very nice. Not too red of a sunset which i was worried about. What i love is that i got two and can control them with ONE remote!!! Also you can control the 24h colors if you are not happy with the spectrums.
One month edit: After using it for a month i have to say this light is great. Plants are growing well and the RGB LEDs make colors pop nicely. Im in love with my guppies all over again and my red cherry shrimp have never looked redder. I got a cover for the tank as its recommended so the light is not exposed to access moisture and splash. This should make it last longer. I edited the light cycle so it has 6 hours of night darkness which is great. Extended the daylight bring cycle to 6 to get more growth out of the plants. The rest is a slow morning and evening rev up and down which looks great and now i can finally enjoy my tank all day!!! Recommend 100%
I bought this light to grow plants in my 60 gallon. Its bright enough to provide moderate light to the 2 foot bottom depth and I like the preprogrammed 24 hour cycle. Lightening and cloud cover functions are a bit silly in my opinion but the rest of the customization settings are a great feature. You're able to even customize the 24 hour setting with some effort. I like the slim profile, its very light weight, and the legs inserted easily and it sits firmly on the tank rim above my glass covers. It runs fairly cool and the remote works well. After just a week the plants in my tank are greening up and starting to put up new growth. My only major complaint about the product is that it seems for a few dollars more they could put an IP rated cover over the lights making them safe from occasional water splashes and such, this product does sit above a box of water for its life time. It would also be nice if they gave a breakdown of which spectrums and what intensities the light emitted but I guess that varies on the application. All that said, for the price, you won't find this same light or customization in any pet store unless the light is on clearance. Its bright and the set and forget feature is gold.
I’ve only had it for a few days, but I love it so far! It’s super sleek on top of my 20 high. The default 24/7 mode is pretty nice, however, I spent a little extra time making custom settings to give the plants more time under max light and 6 hours of darkness. I like how it ramps up or down towards your next setting so the fish get a gradual change instead of a rude awakening.
This light replaced my older fluorescent canopy lights. So far, no algae blooms and my fishes are happy with the 24/7 mode. The default 24/7 mode has a nice dawn to midday to evening transion. The light level at max is definitely enough for a low to medium level plants on a typical height 55 gallon tank. New growth from the plants looks healthy. I have amazon sword, ludwigia, vals, crypt, and anubias nana in my planted tank. The remote is okay, but I don't use it very because I am using the defaults. The build quality is good, but the 48" model will flex slightly in the center if pressed down. Since my tank is on a tall stand, I don't have any concerns about anyone/kids damaging it. The power cord to the power brick can be longer which makes clean wire routing a bit tougher.
I feel that I took a gamble purchasing this lamp and boy did it pay off. I set up my new freshwater planted tank about 1.5mos ago with this light and its doing great. The materials feel high quality, light output is excellent, and I really enjoy the control with scheduling the day/night cycles. The lamp adjusts colors depending on the time of day which is awesome. It provides more red colors for sunrise/sunset with a bright white daylight and blue tinged dim night time. I have it set to provide 4 hours of total darkness. Its an excellent buy!
This is lovely light for low and mid light plants aquarium.It is programable and adjust.You will see it has 24/7 light setting by default.Use that one you will have good light for low- mid light for plants already programming.If you want to adjust and save that setting for mid light plant, you can do so by increase blue and red up few knot at lowlight time ,like 9am or 6pm and save it in quick setting .or you can adjust what ever color light you like for each 3 hour time length. Remember ,you plant need more red, blue color than yellow and white.When you got the final adjust after while in your test, matching with your plants grow in tank beautifully ,then you can save it save it on M1 to M4..These 4 memories allow you to have 4 different setting for 4 of your weather seasonsBeside that 24/7 ,you will find some light effect to show off your tank with cloudy mode, thunder mode, sunny mode, or moon light mode.You also can black out your tank light 6 hours by set it up by instructions for the fishes resting or max out your light at top peak hour for your plant need. You should pay attention while setting this light up.Some setting may create algae. What i do not like for this model is its leg losing.The creator should have legs lock in place ,rather than losing up and moving all around when some thing thing touch it. They do not make the light cover to prevent water splash or moisture and ask us install it to the place which free of splash, moisture and excess humidity instead.The price is kind of higher than other good brandname like Beamswork with almost the same quality and function of light.They should sell cheaper.
I know ,technology will keep up BUT By then we might need another of their light.Happy planting and fish keeping!
This Finnex light is thin and sexy. It looks great sitting on my 55 and wow does it put out the light! The 24-hour preset cycle is perfect and made it so I didn't have to fiddle with setting up a 24-hour cycle. That being said, I could if I wanted to! One thing to keep in mind, this is an IR remote and could interfere with your Roku or TV type device :)
Update after 5 months - fish and plants are thriving as well as another tank that has 2 Marineland LED fixtures. The default red "sunrise/sunset" interval is a bit too long for my taste, so I custom-programmed it for full dark from 9PM to 6AM. Put black tape over the blue "program" light because it's too bright even for a nightlight - shines through the open door into the hallway. Instructions are horrible! Go on line to find out how to use the remote - keep looking, I had to combine 3 or 4 because each one left out something the others included. After it's programmed, it's great - slow transition up to full light, then 6 hours full, then 3 hours of ramping down through sunset & dusk to full dark. It's very lightweight, and sits above the aquarium so you can lift the cover for feeding/maintenance without having to move the light. Great illumination - one unit shines on the whole surface of my 29 tall, unlike the old wide black unit I had been using, which only shines straight down. Good value for money.
Bought this light a couple weeks ago and it has been working like a charm! Love the customization that can be done and the set and forget peace of mind. Remote seems to be of good quality and the light is thin but sturdy and will look good on any tank! Best though if its on a covered tank according to the other reviews i have read prior to buying. If i should encounter any issues, i will update. So far though im happy to say ots the best light i have had, and would recommend to anyone looking for a way to make their tank stand out! Plants are showing good growth, and no algae present so far. But even algae can be fixed with settings and light intensity. Colors really stand out with this light, my fish look brighter, the castle i have in there looks like the details stand out more as well. With my previous light ( simple white led and blue option one) my tank disnt look as good.