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Originally posted by ElOsoDurmiendo
another thing to look into with the hf/ thunderbolt magnum kits is getting rid of the light kits that come with them and getting something more efficient. Ebay is loaded with 3watt 12 volt LED spotlights. Assuming various losses etc that would still mean that for every hour of sun you could run 4 lamps for 3 hours, or 2 for 6 etc. That doesnt sound like much but you could also run a lamp, portable scanner, charge a mobile and listen to a small radio for 3 hours off 1 hour of sunlight. There is a decent forum just for the hf panel kits, its a ning site. Will link when not posting from my fone
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edit on 11/12/12 by ElOsoDurmiendo because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by jaynkeel
On the led subject here are a few links to places I regularly use that have great prices and awesome support. Leds are so much better than incandescent/ florescent. And the sky is the limit to what you can create with them for lighting purposes. Not to mention their lifespan vs the other two. I grow coral in all my tanks via led they are very useful.
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Originally posted by rick004
reply to post by kdog1982
As far as I know it's not a good idea to run your battery right down to nothing ! You shouldn't let it get below 30% discharge I believe ?