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Featured Ati Sunpower, dimmable or not???

Discussion in 'Help and Advice' started by jamesfirth1, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. jamesfirth1

    jamesfirth1 Registered

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    Just looking at getting a ATI 8x24w sunpower unit, but I'm unsure if I should get the dimmable or standard, I have heard there has been a couple of problems with the dimmable units, but I do love the dusk till dawn look.:-d

    I've already spoke with a couple of people and there is mixed reviews.:whistling:

    Does anyone run the dimmable unit, and how have you found it? I've tried looking through a few tank threads, but its difficult to find the lighting.

    Thanks James
     
  2. Carlos

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    Never had a problem with my dimmerable unit James and loved it mate. There will always be some ppl that have problems as with other equipment like the vortechs being loud with some and quiet with others.

    Carl
     
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    Cheers Carl, I have been looking through old thread and I thought it said you had one, have you bothered with burning the tubes in then? or are you dimming them from day one?
     
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    he changed for cand,,i mean led's ;)
     
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    Remember they are the future........just not yetHysterical
     
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    Had 2 James, 8x24,8x54....both been great...
     
  7. Carlos

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    Ignore Nev James :taunt:, I burned them in mate, I read somewhere that it was best to before using the dimmer able part, I think I did it for the first 3 days mate.


    :whistling:
     
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    I've had a ballast fail (powermodule) and was an absolute nightmare to fix, as it was in the worst position it could be of the 4, behind the main wiring route to the other ballasts. Other than that, the dusk til dawn effect is great.

    The plug, fan transformer and adaptor they send is utter rubbish though. I chopped the lot off and wired into a plastic adaptable box, along with the GHL relays with just a single plug and input from the profilux.

    Hw do you intend to control yours?

    Re burning in, always burn in for 100 hours minimum to preserve lamp life and ensure maximum output from the tubes. It ensures proper distribution of the phosphors within the new tubes for an even light output - ths won't happen unless the tubes are run at 100% initially
     
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    if your buying new then you will have no problem exchanging if your unlucky enough to have a fault within 12 months.
    mine had a fault with the control panel which left it unusable at 3 months old, a quick call to the suplier and the new one has been fault free ever since.
    great light and the dimm is worth it alone. :smile:
     
  10. jamesfirth1

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    I will do the same and burn them in then.

    I'm looking at the sunpower, with the built in controller. +1 on burning them in then.

    Great news, I'm looking at both, I've seen a second hand one going, but I'm also considering a new one.
     
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    Def get a dimmable one. I thought I wouldn't use the feature much, but its really good.Diddnt burn anything in though....
     
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    +1 dude.
    have mine coming up over an hour and also setting over an hour, everything in the tank knows whats happening to.
    just set at 80% for a week for a slight burn in.
     
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    It's as good as an led dawn to dusk dimming imo
     
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    Hey i like the LEDs, there upgradeable aswell so when fancy new technology comes, you just swap the bulbs . Not cheap tho
     
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    Looks like I'll bite the bullet and go with the dimmable one then. Can you set how long you want to ramp it up over, or is it pre-set, so could you ramp it up over a couple of hours?
     
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    Yep, your in control of the timmings. :smile:
     
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    Cheers for that.
     
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    Also note that any electrical equipment will have by law two years garrenty

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    I've got a 8x39w dimmable and I've had zero issues, had it 6 months now. Less of a shock to the livestock. Before when the lights clicked off the leopards hit the sand spooked and other fish darted. Now it gradually dims they're out until the light completely fades.
     
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    Fly in the ointment time..............I know Lee on here is having a load of bother with his dimmable ATI unit at the minute.

    Could just be a one off though.
     
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