How To Upgrade Viparspectra 165w to SB Reef Lights PCB Tutorial

Lazy Ass Reefer

First published at 19:36 UTC on January 31st, 2018.
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Just upgraded my Viparspectra 165w to the SB Reef Light PCBs. This was a fairly easy upgrade, however they use a different shape Molex connection so I had to splice my wires and use my old pin connections. It was nerve wracking but simple when using butt splices.

In my opinion, Viparspectra definitely seems to be on the "higher end" of the black box spectrum. The color and arrangement of the lights seems to be almost on par with SB, with SB having more true UV and better lenses for light distribution. I would say it's almost not worth it to upgrade if you already own Viparspectras and this upgrade would be a better choice for people who bought extremely cheap black boxes such as Mars Aqua, Galaxyhydro, etc.

Time will tell if this was a solid investment, though.

SB Reef Lights PCB Upgrade Kit: https://sbreeflights.com/sbox-upgrade-retro-kits/6-sbox-replacement-pcb-board.html

Viparspectra 165w Digital Timer: https://www.amazon.com/VIPARSPECTRA-Timer-165W-Aquarium-Dimmable/dp/B00UMXAR5S

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