LF simple refugium lightPosted:
January 12 2017 at 7:22am Mark Peterson wrote:
This hobby does not have to be so expensive and, backwards32 did ask for a "simple refugium light", right?
I'm not sure when Webster changed the definition of simple to the cheapest. I'll have to research that.
Simple to me means: Easy to mount/remove, not a lot of parts, reliable and long lasting, No tools required.
I'm just going to play the devils advocate here for a minute on this as I think if Mark is going to explain why he goes with the cheapest option, I should also touch on why some people would not go that route. This is not disputing that the HD special works and will grow macro. However, I have seen a significant trend in this hobby toward systems where the sump and filtration areas are just as clean and tidy as the display. So aesthetics play a huge role in these setups. While the HD special may work, it is not a pretty look and is quite bulky. The other trend I see is to replace high voltage devices around our aquariums will lower voltage DC devices to reduce the risk of shock. I've found the squeeze clamp mount to be quite hard to get to hold in a reliable way with the plastic trim on most sumps (Whether it's a tank turned into a sump or a more expensive manufactured sump with top bracing). I also find the galvanized metal used in the squeeze clamp and adjustment arm to be less than ideal in an area where salt spray is almost always present.
So does it work? Yes.
Is it pretty? No
Is it risky to have a less than ideal mounting system holding a high voltage electrical appliance over a water filled tub? YES!
Will it rust and corrode quickly? Yes.
Is it UL listed for use in close proximity to water? No.
Is the light designed for the purpose at hand? No.
Is it easy to get? Yes.
Is it inexpensive (read this cheap)? Yes.
I'll see if I can find any reference to simple meaning the cheapest option. My quick google search returned zero results.