Do you have plans for a heatsink and a dimming controller? I think a makersheatsink slim would work well with your power output and give you room for auxillary LEDs if you are ever so inclined. For controllers there still seem to be few inexpensive options, but I've had good luck with my TC-420, and I think @jeffkrol
vouches for the TC-421 wifi version, though it needs slight modifications to control LDD drivers.
Thanks for your advices
For the heatsink i will go with a basic aluminium profile, this is an old tank (with a plastic top) that i will change in the future for a rimless one so not going nuts on the design for now (and no need to with those strips, but i really see the advantage of the channeled heatsink when going with many sources)
Controller wise, i did look into the tc-420/21 and the "mosfet gate" mod to control LDD but i think it should be pretty fast to connect an arduino for basic dimming, and not too long for a sunset/sunrise effect (got a tiny rtc)
Instead of getting 4 identical strips of 5700k, I would suggest getting 2 strips of 3000k or 3500k next to the 2 5700k so you can choose to vary the color temperature depending on the time of day, for instance 5700k at noon or afternoon, slowly changing to 3500k at night. Combining the two at 50% power will give you ~4500k like natural sunlight. If you really like the 5700k look, even two strips running at 100% 700mA will give you more than enough light.
That sounds like a good idea indeed but i am afraid i am going to "really like the 5700k look" as you said so 2 hotter strips sounds a bit much in that optic. 1 will be enough, but that means 4 LDD... decisions decisions ! Well done for having me doubting again
Too bad there isn't a colder version of thoses strips, that would have been gold !
A few DIY tips:
Make sure you're getting the wired version of the LDD modules. They're $1 more than the pin-style but better for your purposes.
Those power supplies don't come with power plugs so you'll have to make one from a PC power cable.
To eliminate most soldering you can use 3-terminal "wago lever nut" connectors to connect everything.
Great tip about the LDD, that would be the LDD-700HW then !
About the wiring, i got some braided cable sleeve and "superseal" connectors (rated for 14A so they should be ok)
Good advice and an example of the "devil is in the details"
Err I mention it, wouldn't say vouch for it..
Mentioned it was available and same mod can be done probably.
Unless you buy an LDD board to plug the "pinned" LDD's in it is best to get the wired.. LDD-700HW
IF You get a plug in driver board and do not use a controller you NEED one w/ the "usual" pull down resistor to be removable.
Otherwise they won't light..
Only jumper-ed board I know of..
Thoses board are not easily/cheaply available for me, so i'm going with the LDD-700HW
What is your input about SpringHalo's advice for going with 2x3500K + 2x5700K ?