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Finnex Ray2 Aquarium LED Daylight
- Finnex High Output Unibody Ultra Slim LED, High PAR
- Daylight: 7000k Dual LED Strips
- Dimensions: 24" Long x 3" Wide x 1" High
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This Contemporary Ultra Slim designed LED fixture features a series of intensive PAR LEDs to promote Marine and Freshwater growth. All models feature a moisture resistant PC Splash Guard to protect against water mishaps. The durable high output LED bulbs are built to last 40,000+ hours. A unique leg fixture allows this LED light to mount on various sized aquariums and sump setups. To extend LED bulb longevity, the circuit boards are built with high quality aluminum and the fixture itself acts as the heat sync to allow ample cooling and superior heat dissipation. 1/10 the power value of standard incandescent lighting and equvilant to three T5 bulbs. The Ray II comes in different lengths as well as Dual High Output LED combinations. Users have the options of a 16", 18", 24", 30", 36" and 48" fixture to meet their aquarium needs. Models are either equipped with a Dual 7,000k LED combo, 10,000k + Actinic combo or Dual 450~465nm High Intensive LED strips.
The Ultimate Unibody High Output Slim LED Light
This Contemporary Ultra Slim designed LED fixture features a series of intensive PAR LEDs to promote Marine and Freshwater growth. All models feature a moisture resistant PC Splash Guard to protect against water mishaps. The durable high output LED bulbs are built to last 40,000+ hours. A unique leg fixture allows this LED light to mount on various sized aquariums and sump setups. To extend LED bulb longevity, the circuit boards are built with high quality aluminum and the fixture itself acts as the heat sync to allow ample cooling and superior heat dissipation. 1/10 the power value of standard incandescent lighting and equivalent to three T5 bulbs. The Ray II comes in different lengths as well as Dual High Output LED combinations. Users have the options of a 16", 18", 24", 30", 36" and 48" fixture to meet their aquarium needs. Models are either equipped with a Dual 7,000k LED combo, 10,000k + Actinic combo or Dual 450~465nm High Intensive LED strips.
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Talk about dividing the light from the darkness! This Finnex LED fixture certainly will do that.
This is my second Finnex light fixture. The first one is a 16 inch Fugeray+ that is currently being used on my 5 gallon planted tank. I was pleased with that unit, so I went ahead and decided to look at the 24", Ray 2 model and considered it with another brand.
I bought this to replace an Orbit fixture. The Orbit is a high quality unit made by Current USA. It is very bright, but generates a lot of heat and is not very energy efficient. The Orbit uses high output, bent-tube fluorescent bulbs. The entire 24" fixture is cooled by an electric fan contained within the unit. Very nice system. However, I felt that it was time to replace it with something that runs cooler and that is more energy efficient. I looked at two fixtures: Finnex Ray2 Daylight and the Current Satellite for Freshwater tanks.
The Satellite is also an attractive fixture. And it comes with a remote control that you can use to control the system. With the remote, you can dim the output, and you can change the output light's colors. This is a great feature to have, and makes the system very versatile. For example, you can adjust the color of the light to enhance the appearance of your fish.
This Finnex fixture is the high-output version, designed to provide as much light as possible for the given tank size of 24 inches. The LEDS are 7000K, and there are many more of them than you will find in a Fugeray+. For most normal situations, the Finnex Fugeray (Planted +) would be sufficient. For example, if you do not pump CO2 in your tank, then the Fugeray would be the ideal light fixture for you. However, if you inject CO2 and you want to grow Dwarf Baby Tears, then you need this light. You need the Ray2 DS. This is the brightest fixture being made by Finnex. My plan is to grow Baby Tears and Needle Leaf Rotala. Plants that require high levels of light.
Why did I choose the Finnex over the Current Satellite? Because of the higher light output of the Finnex. The Finnex comes with all 7000K LEDs. It was designed specifically to help the hobbyists grow plants that demand high light, in a tank that receives supplemental CO2.
If your plants do not require high light levels, then perhaps the Current Satellite would be a better choice for you. The price is roughly equivalent. And, it is fun to be able to use that remote control across the room and play with your lights. With the Satellite, you have more control over your lights. It is not as bright as the Finnex, but it is more entertaining. Even if you have plants that require a lot of light, as long as you do not inject CO2, you should be fine with the Satellite. The Finnex is a better choice if high output is your main priority. Aesthetically, the Finnex is a better looking fixture. Both lights are terrific and will add to your tank's appearance. The tank mounts, or legs, on the Finnex looks much better than that sliding bent wire contraption on the Current. I very much prefer the ones on the Finnex. It has quality plastic screws (to avoid corrosion) to clamp on the edge of the tank, for those who have rimless aquariums. The Finnex company put a lot of engineering in the design of the mounts. Whereas the Current put their money on the remote control and multiple color capability. You cannot go wrong with either one for most normal situations. It just depends on what you plan to put in the tank. Both companies have good tech support. John at Finnex actually helped answer my questions when I bought my 16" Plant+.
Because of my choice of plants, the Finnex was the better choice. The light quality and the intensity will allow you to grow the most demanding plants (light-wise, that is) on a typical 24" tank. I have not tried these fixtures on a deeper tank, but you can go to YouTube and check out the reviews of people putting them on large tanks. I do not have any large 75+ gallon tanks at the moment to do any test on. You cannot go wrong with this 24" fixture. I cannot imagine a situation in which you will be under-gunned (underlighted) when using this on 20-30 gallon tank. And it's better to have a little too much, than too little. There are ways to cut down the light reaching the bottom of the tank. Just the plastic hinge on a glass canopy can block quite a bit of light. So, if you have to, pick a little bit more light than you think you need.
UPDATE (4/21/2014) The light is actually a bit much even for a 30" tank. The fixture is only 24" but it put outs a lot of light. The abundance of light is such that it does encourage algae to grow. The plants are growing very well. But so is the algae. Nitrate never measures above 5ppm, so the algae is not out of control. The tops of the rocks are covered with algae. And this happens even when the top of the water is completely covered by Salvinia and Frogbit. Salvinia covers the water, several layers deep, but the penetration of the light is still significant. It will grow even the most demanding, light-hungry plants. But watch out for algae. Great light, but may be a bit much. I will try cutting back on the amount of time that it is running and experiment.
Another great feature of this light is that its PAR rating is slightly higher than other lights of similar design. The quality color, lighting and strength is already turning plants like my ludwigia and water wisteria beautiful shades of pink and bright green.
Great for the price, quality, power. An easy first or second choice, for any beginning or advanced planted aquarist.
Finnex got the light back to me in just over a week. I never got any further communication from them, they didn't say what was wrong, but the light actually turns on now which is all I wanted! It appears they repaired the original unit, but with no accompanying paperwork I can't say for sure. Although my experience with the warranty return was positive, it sounds like it isn't the greatest in some situations. I may have gotten lucky. I'd recommend checking out the comment left on this review about a less positive experience to get a better understanding of some of the more shady aspects of the warranty.