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Old 05-12-2012, 10:54 PM   #1
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My DIY 36" LED light


I bought my LED parts from Wingo LED.
I know nothing about electric except changing a light bulb, he gave me an hour private lesson of how to put the parts together which was really helpful, I also got help from a friend otherwise, I don't think I could've done it, big THANK to both of them. But after I finished, I learned something and it's great


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My friend suggested me to put a switch on the lights so I got these switches. I found the driver case has just enough room to fit the switch in there so I made a hole and put it in. It looks pretty good to me but really not sure if that's a good idea, hope it doesn't increase the heat.




After making many mistakes such as soldered the lights before glue it to the heatsink, soldered the wrong wires, took them apart redo it and went out of wires. Here is the finished light




I really like the outcome, looks very nice I was going to hide the drivers behind the heatsink by drilling couple holes but it was 2am already so I just tape them on top of it, didn't really look as bad as I thought so I think I will leave it the way it is. There is one problem, when I drilled the hole for the wires to out from the side of the heatsink, I didn't give extra room for the leg so now the light is half inch to the right but it's not a big deal, I might or might not fix the problem.

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Old 05-13-2012, 02:25 AM   #2
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Looks nice. Do you have a parts list and cost for the project? I was going back and forth about doing something like this for my 12" cube. What was the housing that you used?
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Old 05-13-2012, 03:06 AM   #3
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Thank you.
Like I said before I know nothing about electric, so I sent email to Wingo LED and asked him to quote all parts I need for 46g 36" wide and medium to high light from 24" and he sold me everything including the housing. All I know is there are 9 6700k LED and 5 12000k LED, total of 14 LEDs 3 watt each. Total cost was $205. switch was from Radio Shack $4.
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That looks like an awesome build!
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I would suggest you to 2 timers, so that you can run 1st string from 7:00am to, say, 10:00pm and the 2nd string from 11:00am to 6:00pm to create a more realistic day cycle.

Also what happened to your endplates, I don't see them in your pics?

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Old 05-23-2012, 03:14 AM   #6
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That looks like an awesome build!
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I would suggest you to 2 timers, so that you can run 1st string from 7:00am to, say, 10:00pm and the 2nd string from 11:00am to 6:00pm to create a more realistic day cycle.

Also what happened to your endplates, I don't see them in your pics?
I know you told me that but if I turn the lights on in daytime then when I get home at 7pm I can't enjoy the tank I also don't have a power outlet timer that allow me to program like you said.
Right now I have it on for 8 hours from the afternoon.
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