|04-24-2012 06:52 PM|
Sounds like you are learning and on the right track. Stay away from any tricky WPG rules as you have pointed out a cree xml 3 watt is not the same as a cheap inefficient 3 watt LED. Just keep looking Im sure there is something out there that will suite you needs.
This one is dimmable
|04-24-2012 06:45 PM|
the xm-ls should be putting out 700+ lumens per(with the driver maxxed out) so thats quite a bit of light right there.
the real limmiting factor is that i want lunar phase simulation, and since the meanwells dropout at 5 or 10 percent with 12 emmitters on one driver that may be too much light for moonlight. I looked at steves leds and i dont think thier drivers will work besides at the prices i might as well get another meanwell.Also i do not want too many blues since i hear they cause algae. This is going to be a super high tech tank so i might add a uv sterilzer. Ive always battled algae probally because i insist on long light cycles(i like the aquarium to be on when i come home from work)ive remidied(mostly) this with afternoon storms. this will be my first pr. CO2 tank and i sooo want a carpet of glosso in the front. This whole setup is not going to be built till August since i am in Iraq. If this comes together like im planning the only thing that will have to be done to the system is trim plants in a year!
|04-24-2012 06:45 PM|
Dim4 is 85 bucks and can only do three. Also the bowfront has a divider in middle so i have to do leds in even numbers.
What is your light brain Arduinio?
|04-24-2012 05:15 PM|
You will get high light level if you use 1.5W LED per gallon of water so, if you have a 46G the most you should do is 60W-90W of LEDs assuming some LEDs you will run very low intensity for effect purpose.
|04-24-2012 01:23 PM|
Im with you on the moonlight I just have 2 white leds driven way low in my current tank that I really like. Rapidled has a 350ma moonlight driver. Have you looked at stevesleds, he has some cheaper drivers that I think are dimmable.
That seems like a more reasonable amount of leds, plus that will leave you lots left over for a real nice controller. However actually that only gives you 14 LEDs. You can get more on that meanwell driver so I would throw a couple more in. I think 20 or 2 rows of 10 LEDs spaced 3 inches apart with 5 inches between the rows would give you a good even spread.
Maybe this kit instead of the 6 led one, that would give you 20. since the drivers will run them you might as well, I believe in a little overkill, plus they are dimmable so you can pull them back. Just not 50 LEDs thats just crazy talk.
|04-24-2012 01:10 PM|
ok revised plan
6xcool white u bin xm-ls and(with 80deg optics) 2x warm white xm-l(no optics) from ledgroupbuy, driven with meanwell eln-60-27D from rapidled
plus this kit
wish i could find a low wattage cheap dimmable driver because all i want out of the second kit is moonlighting.
and of course since i still need a controller, i still have an excuse to buy an apex.
why do people always use blue for moonlighting when moonlight is bout 4100-4200 kelvin?
|04-24-2012 02:10 AM|
|carpalstunna||everything for my 55 will cost me about 150$ and I will have high light if I want it and will be dimmable down from there. It will take about 25 minutes of soldering/labor. It is really simple. If you have a clean iron and have it tinned it right it will be super easy. It is a good skill to have, no more need for wire nuts etc. You will have secure lasting electrical connections.|
|04-24-2012 01:59 AM|
As to worth, I invested about $150 in parts. $100.00 of that is now lighting my 70g tank quite nicely. Not purchasing one set of four power compact lamps and the energy savings covers what I spent on the LED stuff in nine months.
Every day after that I'm saving energy and cash.
|04-24-2012 01:46 AM|
For those who fear soldering... Please, have someone teach you.
Just having someone teach and letting you solder a few joints will give you the skill. $20.00 for a reasonable soldering kit and a few minutes with someone else to guide you and you'll have a life time skill and tools.
LED circuits are even easier than electronic kits. At Maker Faire events they teach kindergarteners how to solder. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wWcuGRFM9I
There are a lot (too many) learn to solder videos on You Tube. Some of the posters solder worse than my kid did two weeks after he learned - when he was nine.
|04-23-2012 10:40 PM|
thats a lot of light
let us know how the build is going though and what you decide
i have a 36" wide tank too!
|04-23-2012 07:10 PM|
|jcgd||I put 52 LEDs over my 72"x25"x22" tank. I'm hanging the light about 3' off the substrate (or more) and I think I'll have too much light with 40 degree optics. Half the LEDs at 1000mA, half at 1500mA.|
|04-23-2012 06:30 PM|
|carpalstunna||rapidled also has a solderless kit. No real DIY just assemble, they give you instructions and everything you would need. I wouldnt wait on the marineland one, it will most likley be worthless like their other LED lights. Check out ecoxotics lights or aquaray/grobeam, that is what I have currently on my tank.|
|04-23-2012 06:26 PM|
|Linsanity||I have a 46 bow in cycling for a week without a light, I really want LED but I can't DIY so I just wait for Marineland or other fixture to come out in May. $1K for DIY is way too expensive.|
|04-23-2012 06:11 PM|
|04-23-2012 05:30 PM|
|Hoppy||Read this and see if it helps: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/di...-tank-led.html|
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