Twinstar LED

Discussion in 'Aquarium Gardens' started by Aquarium Gardens, 26 Oct 2016.

  1. alto

    alto Member

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    Location Location Location ;)

    LED
    Ecotech Radion XR15FW Pro G4 $465

    And then mount in some fashion

    RMS Hanging Kit $60
    OR
    RMS-15 Mounting Arm $123
    OR
    RMS Mounting System (better light placement - more suitable for rectangular vs cube tanks) $182

    BUT I still need the rails
    RMS Track 30.5inch $73

    Ecotech Reeflink $150
    (Apex goes up rather $$)

    Then I've a 90cm x 45cm tank so will actually need 2 XR15FW for more consistent coverage

    (note these are best price rates & not my local)

    In the end I decided to give Ecotech a miss (especially as they were somewhat evasive regards light tech inquiries)
    I'm waiting to see what Twinstar might offer - if they arrive o_O
     
  2. Andrew Butler

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    Has anyone any experience to report back on these lights?

    How would you do this and do you have an example of a product that would enable this?
     
  3. Ryan Thang To

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    I was told that the new led s type can be dim

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  4. Andrew Butler

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    Where abouts are these available? Not finding them on twinstars website.
     
  5. Ryan Thang To

    Ryan Thang To Member

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    Im looking to get one soon so i call up aquarium garden and dave told me that it be available in a few weeks. Give him a call for more info
     
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  6. Andrew Butler

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    Spoke with Dave and it seems there is a dimmer coming out but a little error has been made so it will not fit the new S series due to the connector being a different size. If you have an E series though sounds all is good. Won't be for a few weeks yet though.
     
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  7. Andrew Butler

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  8. Aquarium Gardens

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    Hi guys,

    The twinstar LED S model have arrived. They look great, see below for pictures. The metal brackets certainly look and feel the part. We will be running 2 x 600SP over our largest 5ft display aquascape, due to be aquascaped on the 11th November (please see thread regarding this event).

    They are not on the website at the moment but we can take orders over the phone, or of course in store.

    The models we have are 600S, 600SP, 900S, 900SP. The price has increased on this version of the light. The 600S and 600SP is £259. And the 900S and 900SP is £349.

    As already mentioned, the new dimmers only work with the E series currently. Dimmers for the S series will be available soon and can be purchased and added to your S series light at a later date.

    If anyone would like a dimmer for their E series light, please give me a call as we have these in stock now.

    The SP models come with the hanging wire, however you will need to source a light hanging kit (we can supply the EA lighting hanging kits) or you can hang from your ceiling.

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    Cheers :)
    Dave
     
  9. Halley

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    Where can you get the light holder in the last picture?


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  10. Aquarium Gardens

    Aquarium Gardens Sponsor Staff Member

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    We sell the Evolution Aqua Lighting hanging bars as seen in picture below. It attaches to your cabinet either at the side or rear. Then simply hang you light from the bars above.

    Give us a call if you are interested :) They are not on the website just yet.

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  11. roryf

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    Hi, @Aquarium Gardens , I recently bought a Twinstar 900e for my EA Aquascape 900 tank, would you say this light is enough to grow high light plants?

    Cheers, Rory.
     
  12. Aquarium Gardens

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    Hi Rory,

    Yes. The lights are considered high lighting - strong enough to grow advanced/demanding plants.

    Cheers,
    Dave
     
  13. Rob Wilkinson

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    What are the core differences between the 600E and 600S models (other than the bracket and the price)?

    Thanks
     
  14. AndreiD

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    I'm interested to buy a 600E and from what I know the 600S is more powerful then 600E
    600E has 33 w
    600S has 45 w

    I'm waiting for more info from those who bought one
     
  15. Ricardo Romão

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    More powerful does not mean better :)
    It depends on what are you looking for. What is your tank size and which kind of planted tank do you want to setup?
     
  16. Barbara Turner

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    With reference too.


    The truth is that LED's are cheap, two most expensive parts are the LED drivers and the case.
    I've just ordered 200w of LEDs from Taiwan with postage for just over £2.
    They don't have the volume to amortize expensive tooling that would bring the cost down.
    Dimmable drivers quickly get very expensive look at the meanwell website,

    Even tropica recommend starting at lower light levels then increasing as the tank matures.

    I'm not sure I would class the twinstar lamp design as beautiful, I'll post some photos when I finish my mk2 design, combination of bent plywood and parts machined from aluminium billet, I do have the big unfair advantage I'm not on a budget.
     
  17. Ady34

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    Hi, have the sp models had the dimmer capability added yet or is this still only available for the e series?
    Thanks.
     
  18. Andrew Butler

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    If you buy the separate dimmer then yes; it's been out a long while.
     
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  19. Ady34

    Ady34 Global Moderator Staff Member

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    Great news and thanks for the reply.
     
  20. Siege

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    Yes been out for a while now or look at the Hinterfield controller. Details in the sponsor site thread ‘any one tried...’

    Dave on honeymoon at the moment, back Monday, hence no reply from AG.
     

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