|01-25-2013 10:22 AM|
Doing LED lighting on the cheap
Let me know what you end up doing I ordered 2 20w 7000k for my 72g I was hoping that would be good with low light. I planned on adding two 10w floods to get a good spread of light. Maybe I should order a couple more 20w?
|01-19-2013 01:58 PM|
OK, so I ordered two 20w floodlights off [Ebay Link Removed] Specification says 6500-7000K
Shadows and shimmer
Very little heat given off
Not powerful enough - I have to get them right down to the surface, which limits the spread
The colours seem a little washed out compared to the Aqua-glo T8s I was using before, which made reds and blues really stand out.
I do like them though, so I was thinking to get a couple more stronger ones and use as the two middle, where the 20W would be outside. I'd also put one of the T8s near the front just to enhance colour.
I was wondering whether to go for the 30W or 50W for the middle ones - what do people think on a 60cm deep tank? Also, I don't want to overlight the discus
|12-14-2012 08:07 PM|
I've looked at the 50W grow panels that come up for sale on ebay, they might work.., most of these square panels are 12W and like 225 bulbs., but I doubt any of the grow panels get the depth penetration of the Cheapo floodlights and spotlights.
I proudly own a 30w and a 10W round model and love them both. The best part is no 1000% mark up because it is an "aquarium light".
|12-14-2012 03:55 PM|
i have 2 10W LED Floods and 2 20W LED Floods (to be tested).
The 10w are a great inexpensive lighting option for shallow tanks like a 5.5g, 10g or 15g but be aware:
|12-14-2012 03:29 PM|
If you're looking for something compatible with your hood I would go DIY LED arrays or CFLs. For CFLs just grab a bathroom vanity fixture (~$3 online) and mount that into your hood. DIY LED arrays use the same arrays as the flood lights and cost the same $/w to setup but can have a much slimmer design which would allow them to fit into most all hoods - of course you'll have a bit more wiring and drilling to do than floodlights.
Here I have 300w of LED over a 100g via 6 separate 50w arrays, with fans they take up 1 3/4" in height - in my hood (not shown) I have two fans mounted in the ends which means those on top aren't necessary which lowers the profile to ~1".
Example of cheap CFL lighting -
Of course the flood lights are great as well - I have ten and no problems so far. There's a California distributor on fleabay who sells them for $11.5/10w with free shipping and a 1 year guarantee. Good lights to have around in general IMO for non fish related stuff as well.
|12-14-2012 01:41 PM|
I bought the Beamworks 600 I think from Ebay for $45 36" LED with moonlight, looks awesome in the tank for about $150 cheaper than the Marineland Version.
Not sure if it's the best think for a planted tank but My plants are doing fine.
Ive used 3 shop lights with 100W equivalent CFL's before and my plants did amazing.
Just saying you dont have to buy expensive name brands my 55Gal has a T5HO dual 48" fluorescent bought at a hardware store for $35-$40 (bulbs included) and spray painted black
|12-14-2012 12:04 PM|
|jbrady33||Depends on the led fixture, my Fugeray is under a hood and barely gets warm. Some big high powered custom made setups need cooling fans. Either way they are cooler than any other type.|
|12-14-2012 11:21 AM|
|12-14-2012 08:29 AM|
|charlie_bebop||Can you put those LED floodlights under a hood? Ir do the generate too much heat?|
|12-13-2012 09:13 PM|
I just found this thread about AHSupply, who is known for inexpensive but effective PC lighting options, getting into the LED game. Very interesting.
|12-13-2012 04:35 PM|
|jarvitron||If it has tiny 5mm LEDs on it -- it's not good for growing anything. The end. Tiny LEDs, even when corncobbed together into a super duper ooper lamp suck. I have 4 3x3watt GU10 LEDs over a 24" tall tank (it's a tall hex) and it gives me low light at the substrate (bulbs basically on the top of the tank cover) and two of the 10W flood fixtures above my 20L (about 18" to substrate). Stick with multiple (DIY or purchased) 1W/3W LED arrays or the 10/20/30/50 floods, they're built with new high efficiency high output LEDs, and not with chinese VCR leftovers. Mine were 2wire ungrounded, but the case is built with gaskets and grommets to make it "outdoor safe".|
|12-13-2012 10:30 AM|
The cheap Chinese led floodlights off eBay are awesome. I replaced my cfl with a floodlight led on my 10g I saw noticeable growth within a week. I was not seeing this kind of growth before with a cfl. I paid 12$ shipped. I had to wire my own plug on but that only took a few minutes.
For a 75g tank the 10w fixtures will not penetrate very well. I would suggest 3-4 20w fixtures or maybe a couple 30w fixtures.
Here's a couple threads on led floodlights
Hope this helps
|12-13-2012 09:51 AM|
Algae Beater, that tank is fantastic - love the plants out the top
|12-12-2012 08:57 PM|
i lit my little 10 gallon for under $50
a modified version of such a setup would work for a 75
|12-12-2012 08:52 PM|
|Edub||Cheap gu10 led bulbs may be an option, I've got the 3w models (3x1w LEDs) and they make a ton of light. So much so that I'm now forced to find a co2 solution|
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