I have a 75 gallon standard tank and currently have the oh so loud Current Nova Extreme fixture with 4 T5-HO bulbs - 2 6700K and 2 10,000K which seems to be working for me - plenty of pearling on my plants, but most-likely not enough light for some of the foreground species I would like to try.
So, I decided to take the plunge and purchase the new Marineland Plant LED (here is a link to the product page http://www.marineland.com/sites/mari...l.aspx?id=4653) because of the light spectrum and I wanted to try an LED. When it comes to lighting, etc. I'm just a little overwhelmed with the DIY stuff. I ordered two because they looked kind of dim on the pet solutions video.
However, they had a light on the tank that didn't go edge to edge as they were using the extension feature. I bought the 48"-60" light as my tank is 48" long and I wanted the full spread.
My lights arrived today and like a kid on Christmas morning, I excitedly opened the package and placed it on the aquarium immediately. The lights were light and slim and made NO noise... but, it just wasn't bright enough. I am sure two of them would be great on a tank with low light plants, but for my aspirations, I just don't think this is gonna cut it. To me, it seemed about as bright as my 2 bulb T5NO strip light I use for accent lighting. The shimmer effect was there though and it was beautiful. Ooo shiney!!! Anyway, since these are new on the market I thought I'd put in my two cents. While sleek, quiet and pretty - just not enough light for $459 (that's the price for the 48"-60" fixture at Pet Solutions but it's above $500 elsewhere).