I to want to build out a planted tank light. About to order a build from Rapidled for a nano Reef. They have a superb reputation in the Reef community. Here is where I would really need the help with LED's is the color selection. Your idea about removing the lenses is great. So if anyone has some input here with adding color would help us all greatly. Another company sells heat sinks that have the channels already built in for a splash guard & I believe they are in black. Not sure if Rapid is doing that or not?
So good luck Oscar with your lights
Thanks Cocobid, hopefully it turns out well!
the heat sinks are big part of the build, I want to make sure that the LEDs are properly cooled.
I went to Tractor Supply today to buy some mini pig food and stopped by their aluminum section. They had a good range of products but I think they're too thin for my needs
most of the bars were only 1/8" thick, they had one that was 1/4" but it was too narrow
The prices were pretty good if I was only running them at 700mah, here are the narrower choices. I could have gotten two of these for $8
considering the LEDs are going to be running at 1750mah they're going to put out a significant amount of heat, since I don't want active cooling such as a fan I think a thick aluminum bar should do just fine.
I'll be ordering a 1/4" x 2-1/2"x72" bar from a local aluminum supply store and using that. Its going to run about $20.25.
However I was looking at the other choices, 1/4" x 2"x72" is only $16.20. Do you guys think that extra 1/2" will make a big difference? easy way to save $4
Also I think i'm going to be suspending the fixture from the ceiling (if my other half doesn't complain
) and i'll be using this wire