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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-18-2013, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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LED Strip Lights?

I'm thinking about building a LED fixture for a 40 breeder, and deal with these LEDs through work.


Has anyone tried putting together a fixture using a light like this? Running the numbers through Hoppy's calculator I end up with a low light at 2 strips, medium light at 3 strips, and high light at 4 strips. Would be a pretty simple setup and wiring.

And has anyone tried setting up a system with colour-changing LEDs? Like the ones with a blue, green, and red diode installed on a single chip? Seems to me like you would be able to 'dial in' the exact spectrum you want, and with a bit of programming could have your lighting change through the day to simulate a period of light. Lots of blue early in the morning, simulate a sunrise, to full intensity in the afternoon and fading out in the evening back to blue. I've seen reef guys get pretty advanced with this programming, could be cool on a planted tank as well.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-21-2013, 03:40 AM
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249$..............? yikes!!!

try here, same thing much lower price!


i'm useing the 10 strip set (12" 12 diode per strip) with remote.75 gal

mid-day in a bright room(white)

light blue mid-day in a bright room (sorry the tanks a little cloudy, it was still cycling)

i realy like this lighting, full spectrum white to red, and you can up & down the RGB (look close at the remote)

+ the shimmer effect from LED 's is killer

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forgot to add some spec's

waterproof, 5000K/310 lumens, PER 12" strip
6 Strip Multicolor LED Kit with Remote (expandable to 10 total)$79.99
i added 4 strips for 39.99- total $119.98

not sure of the operating Temp, but they get only slightly warm (75-80 deg) maybe............
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-21-2013, 04:36 AM
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Wouldn't you have problems concentrating the light towards the substrate?
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-21-2013, 05:00 AM
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Rapidleds.com get yourself some 3v cool whites of 10000 3v royal blues of 460 or 450 red at 620 660 is good as well ratio 2 whites per blue is what I used for a 55g. Running great and plants are thriving I have 12 chips all together
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Forgot to add you can get a dime able driver and fine tune the colors
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