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Old 30-10-2008, 09:46 PM   #1
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Default Rising energy bills? Some tips to save power...

http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2008/7/short

This is an article from advanced aquarist web magazine.

This article contains a review of a product Kill-A-Watt Electricity Meter along with useful pointers to reduce power consumption. IMO, very useful article as the pointers to save power(and possibly reduce our electricity bills) not only apply to the marine aquarium but to our daily lives as well.
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Old 30-10-2008, 11:04 PM   #2
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http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2008/7/short

This is an article from advanced aquarist web magazine.

This article contains a review of a product Kill-A-Watt Electricity Meter along with useful pointers to reduce power consumption. IMO, very useful article as the pointers to save power(and possibly reduce our electricity bills) not only apply to the marine aquarium but to our daily lives as well.
Good link, never thought of insulating the hose running to my chiller.
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Old 31-01-2009, 05:00 PM   #3
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very interesting article
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Old 29-05-2009, 04:29 PM   #4
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Thanks for the link. This will really help.
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Old 17-06-2009, 09:56 AM   #5
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great link, now can start to shave some $ off my utilities bill
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Old 17-06-2009, 11:12 AM   #6
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Hearsay change our MH to LED light can save, anyone got any eperience in LED?
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Old 29-06-2009, 02:36 PM   #7
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Hearsay change our MH to LED light can save, anyone got any eperience in LED?
Yup.. That's true.
LED lighting units are expensive but definitely have the potential to lower your energy bill, especially if you use a chiller, or air condition your fish room.

Thanks for the link...! Save our pockets and save earth too..
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Old 27-07-2009, 11:43 AM   #8
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Hearsay change our MH to LED light can save, anyone got any eperience in LED?
Bro what is MH light? Sorry, new term to me

Any bros had experience with LED lights on plants? If it's suitable for plants, I may want to consider LED but than i need to know how to DIY a LED light setup. Am setting up a few tanks at home soon thus whatever savings will ocme in handy.
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Old 03-08-2009, 01:35 AM   #9
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eh mh is metal halide. led lights on plants are not recommended. as they offer only a single wavelength of light. if u were to use led on plants go for the rainbow led which would allow plants to efficiently utilise all the different wavelengths.

apparently red light is best for plants but whose to say right?

led lights gives very high lumens and is very energy saving as it takes less energy to power a single narrowed portion of the light spectrum but ultimately MH is the best as they give u very high energy levels for a wide variety of the light spectrum, also give u the shimmering effect :P (some ppl are crazy about it haha for me i just open the curtains lol) hence mh is more energy inefficient.

MH is very hot as well. hence for plants u would need to add in an exceptionally higher rated chiller hence increased energy expenditure as well. for leds due to their high energy efficiency they produce very little heat. hence can get a lower HP (horsepower) chiller.

e.g. led lighting usually utilise hundreds of small leds bulbs or a few 12v rated bulbs. all these lights turned on for a whole day is warm to the touch. Metal halides on the other hand, due their high energy inefficiency meaning lots of energy gets converted to heat. (energy is neither created nor destroyed) is searing hot after a few hours. temperature his 4 digits 0.0

so in the end its up to u and the depth and BREADTH of ur pocket. and well the passion of aquatic scaping in ur heart

happy planting bro
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Old 07-10-2011, 10:43 PM   #10
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Here's what I gathered so far :

METAL HALIDE

~Pros
-SUPER intense
-Able to keep any coral/invert.
-Dont take alot of canopy space

~Cons
-Create a lot of heat!
-Consume vast amounts of power
-Raises electric bill most
-Can not touch the bulb
-Less Colors to choose from if only have one
-Cost the most $$$
-You rely on one bulb (sometimes)

T5

~Pros
-Less expencive then MH
-Dont generate as much heat as MH
-Cost less then MH
-More color to choose from
-Dont consume as much power as MH
-Can keep most corals
-You can touch the bulbs
-If more than two different bulbs, you can simulate dawn and dusk

~Cons
-Not as intense as MH
-You have more than one bulb to worry about
-Choosing the right bulb can be difficult at time

LED

~Pros
-No need to replace for up to 5 years
-Create very little heat
-Are not as bulky or big as MH or T5
-There LEDs! I mean c'mon! Thats awsome!
-Can keep a large amounts of different kinds of coral

~Cons
- Can be Expensive (if you want to DIY red/blue/white blubs)
-Can be confusing to a beginner
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