View Full Version : MH lights

11-21-2007, 12:12 PM
where do you guys get your mh? i wanna get a 48 250w mh set up- i heardsome one at themeeting say they can get them for $500.

11-21-2007, 01:23 PM
For 500 bucks? Thats gonna be hard unless you find a used one. You can prolly find a no name brand on ebay for 500. Is a retro setup out of the question? It would be lot cheaper that way.

11-21-2007, 01:37 PM
If you go retro, you can get a pair for 360.00


11-21-2007, 02:00 PM
I don't know anything about this fixture..

but there is a huge thread about it on RC..


11-21-2007, 02:15 PM
Holy Crap!!! What a deal! Wish I had a tank now...

11-21-2007, 09:32 PM
You get what you pay for, there was a big discussion on Reef Central about those having all kinds of problems.
Just like everything in life right?

11-22-2007, 06:29 AM
Yup. Pretty much rolling the dice on Aquatraders lights. Plus theres hardly any Customer support. Besides, the reflector on the MH doesnt look very efficient. Actually all of the plug and play type lights all have sub par reflectors. Except Sfligo fixture but they are $$$ for sure.

11-22-2007, 08:51 AM
Yeah, I have heard some negative things about that fixture as well.
I just thought I would throw an inexpensive alternative out there. I guess you can improve the light, if you are so inclined to read 4 splits worth of replys on that thread.
Just trying to get involved.

11-22-2007, 08:58 AM
wow, just finished reading the thread o.O

retrofit is out, i suck at wiring lol.

guess ill just browse marinedepot

11-22-2007, 10:11 AM
You could get the fixture and buy some IceCap ballasts with the quick connect plugs. That will save you $40 per ballast. You can get the IC ballasts for less than $100 each. At least that's what I paid for my 250's

11-22-2007, 10:59 AM
I have had this lite for 2 months or so and it has never elevated my tank temperature by more than 1 or 2 degrees. My PC's ran a lot hotter than this lite. It comes with 15K bulbs and has been a great starter for me. The only changes I can see in the future with it will be Phoenix 250's 14 K. So far I am really pleased with the lite and am buying other good stuff with the money saved. The only difference is mine didn't have a separate switch for the fan that the guy in the RC thread described. Hope this helps

11-22-2007, 11:24 AM
I like the look of those odysea, the fact whole fixture costs less then some brands of electronic ballasts alone! makes you wonder

11-22-2007, 11:28 AM
im tempted to buy an odyssea just for parts:smash:

11-22-2007, 04:52 PM
I guess the questions with odd brands would be:

1. Is anything UL listed?
2. How attached to your livestock are you?
3. Whats your margin of error like?
4. How many flammable items are in the immediate vicinity?

I looked at a ton of cheap fixtures and DIY ideas until I decided to just flat out buy my coralife PC setup, it was worth the $$. The aquamedic I'm now running needed a bit of work to clean up and rewire but nothing terribly nasty and it was worth it... I've seen a lot of horror stories from cheap light fixtures which tells me they arent worth it.

I'm a big fan of DIY I really am, and eventually this aqua medic fixture will receive some modifications to make it just more uber slick and it'll work perfectly! Costs might be higher for better quality, but if you dress a turd up in gold and silver... it's still a turd.

11-22-2007, 11:23 PM
This looks cheap (you might get what you pay for):


11-22-2007, 11:35 PM
but if you dress a turd up in gold and silver... it's still a turd.

Yeah we know we all saw your avatar ;) LOL I crack me up, hehe