What’s the difference between the original Finnex Planted+ 24/7 model and the SE model?
The Finnex Planted+ 24/7 Fully Automated Aquarium LED SE model was released more recently, and it comes with a few changes. There are a few key differences between the two Finnex lights.
For one, the legs are different. The SE legs feature a new design that allows the light to pivot on hinges. In addition, the light sits higher off the top of the tank. These adjustments make it a little easier to access your tank, especially if you have a hood.
Another difference is that the SE actually has a period of darkness built into the automated cycle. The original Planted+ is on at all times (but, as you’ll see in the next section, the PAR during this time can get negligibly low). If you want to give your fish/aquarium time without any light at all, The SE has that built into the timer.
Finally, the SE comes equipped with “true red” 660nm LEDs.
Do you need these three components? Nope! (otherwise we’d be writing our review for the SE model instead!). They could be handy–the true red LEDs might be a little better for your plants, some people might want their tank lights to be completely off for part of the day, and the new hinge legs might make tank access more convenient.
But even without those features, the original Finnex Planted+ 24/7 fixture is a great investment.