viparspectra timer control t300 review

VIPARSPECTRA Timer Control Series T300 Review

The VIPARSPECTRA Timer Control Series T300 is a full spectrum LED aquarium light that is perfectly suited for all photosynthetic corals. It was one of the 10 best LED aquarium lights we tested.

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The VIPARSPECTRA T300 comes equipped with an impressive 100 3W LEDs for a total wattage of 300. Compared to most other LEDs in this price range you are getting your money’s worth when it comes to wattage. It’s clear the manufacturer knows that pure wattage is not the only factor as the Viparspectra is built with secondary lens to allow for great penetration for high level absorption. This provides a full spectrum layout which enables an equal balance of PAR/Lumen output. Basically, means that the lens configuration optimizes the beams of light to provide full spectrum and even light levels throughout the tank.

The VIPARSPECTRA T300 comes with a wireless remote and a built in timer. The built in timer controls 2 different channels allowing you to control the intensity from 0 to 100 to simulate day and night conditions. The channels are broken down as follows:

Channel one: Violet/Indigo(420nm), Royal Blue(450nm), Blue(470nm)
Channel two: Green(520nm), Red(660nm), Neutral White(6500K), Cool White(12000K)

The ability to control the intensity makes it easy to transition your corals to the new light as you can slowly increase intensity overtime instead of a full blast with other lesser lighting systems.

There were a few things we found that the VIPARSPECTRA lacked. We missed the ability to daisy chain 2 or more units together to keep the wiring to a minimum. It also lacks shimmer and storm simulators.

Manufacturer Specs for the VIPARSPECTRA Timer Control Series T300:

– Dimension: 31.5 x 8.5 x 2.4 inches
– Weight: 15.5 lbs
– One light is ideal for 32×24” tank
– Max Coverage at 12″ Height: 40×24”
– Core Coverage at 12″ Height: 32×24”
– LED Quantity: 100pcs 3W LEDs
– Channel one: Violet/Indigo(420nm), Royal Blue(450nm), Blue(470nm)
– Channel two: Green(520nm), Red(660nm), Neutral White(6500K), Cool White(12000K)
– Actual Power Consumption: 212W Max
– LED Brand: Bridgelux/Epiled
– Lifespan: 100,000 hours
– Secondary LED Focusing Lens: 90°
– Cooling system: Quiet fans and Heat sink
– Input Voltage: AC100-240V
– Frequency: 50-60Hz

Pros:

Dimmable with dual channel control
Full spectrum and high wattage with consistent PAR ratings

Cons:

No daisy chain or shimmer effects

Verdict:

The VIPARSPECTRA T300 is a great option for those looking to upgrade their current coral lighting system to a more efficient and adjustable setup.

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