I've been out of the loop for a few months. What does "AI LEDs" refer to? Is that RGB LEDs instead of white LEDs?
These plasma bulbs last much longer than halides, though I don't know how long out of a 20k hour lifespan they retain a CRI of 95. The article mentions that they are $5k per fixture, though that's video/film-land pricing. And the ideal K for video/film is 5600K vs. 14K for reef-land.
I find it interesting that the aerticle says the lights go for roughly 1000$$ and the website that deehz posted had them starting at 3000$$. That's a pretty big price difference. I do not think they will be competing with AI LEDs anytime soon IMO. Pretty cool lights, but not for the price.
I saw an article a while back that had 1 LiFi fixture above a 120g and the light spread through the whole tank. For some reason I thought the price on the fixture I posted was around $1200 but i cant confirm that and no i cant find the article. Now if you buy the appropriate amount of AI fixtures to cover your tank your talking a little over twice the cost of a LiFi fixture. Either way, if the price is right I wouldn't hesitate to skip LEDs as an option. I still dislike the coloring of LEDs and I can't bring myself to justify the cost for something that isn't visually pleasing to me. In the meantime I'll stick with my halides.
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It would be worth the money if one of the plasma fixtures was only 1200 and could cover a 120 gallon tank. However, you might want to check out the website because I saw them "starting" at three thousand and I'm not sure if that was for the 24 in. Or 48 in. Fixture. Lastly I do not understand how you do not like the look of the LEDs I think they are fantastic! Especially with all of the color options you have with AI led fixtures, from royal blue to all white! IMO mh lighting will be a thing of the past, once LEDs drop in price! Ps. I am very biased because I plan on switching my mh lighting to the AI LEDs.
Well they both have there challenges, LED and LiP as far as the aquarium trade is concerned. The demand does not merit the supply, yet. I think they both in time will replace T5 and MH because they are both very efficient at using an electrical source, produce little heat, and they can recreate a broad spectrum of light energy. Actually, LiP energy output from what I have read over the months on it is that it is the best man made light source that mimics the sun's energy, plasma. Not bad. Now if they can make it affordable to the public, I would buy one in a heart beat.