Paul - Darren here - how's it going in the new digs. Had some beers with Chris last week and he said new house and tank is pretty cool. Send some picks when you get a chance. Hope you and Melissa are enjoying the new house.
Lumatek ballast and 14k Phoenix bulb rock. Going to order the second one next week. The dimmable function is really cool as well. Color is definitely more blue - makes the old odyssea look extremely yellow. I tried it with the odyssea bulb first - and it does actually make the odyssea bulb brighter and better. Was easy to hook up - haven't burned anything down yet. One of my corals that survived already appears to be opening up. Give my small piece of trumpet coral a day glow look.
Anyway - highly recommend buying one.
I think it actually made the reflection in the glass stronger - my six line wrasse that I have had for years was sparing with his reflection and then even jumped out of the tank - I found him sometime later - he was bone dry but gills were still pumping. Threw him in the water and an hour later - started swimming again. Friggen amazing.
Forget my last message to you. The vendor did not have the MOFSETS needed for modification. I just ordered one of the lumatech ballasts and a phoenix 14 k bulb from Marine depot. Should be here Tuesday - I will let you know how it goes. If you do find the parts needed for the mod - let me know - I think I'll still buy some for future use. My tank lighting has gotten very yellow in the last month. The weird thing is there are times of the day where the light looks very white and some times it looks very yellow ( no rhyme or reason to the timimng) - I wonder if there is such voltage variation that it can change the color of the light. My parameters are back to normal and looking good - so I will change the lights and slowly start building it back up after the mass extinction. Have a good new year.
Hope you had a good Christmas. Did you ever get the MOFSETS for the ballast modifications? I think I got a place that has them - talked to them earlier today, the guy said he would get back to me with a price. If I can get you four for $7-8 each would you want me to get them for you? I'm going to get four and do the mod. If it doesn't work I'm just going to get the dimable 250 watt lumatech e-ballast. We can use my ballasts as the guinea pigs. Let me know. Have a good one.