For those of you using Nicrew Led strips, you know some of them are pretty decent , however for smaller tank sizes one Stands head and shoulders above the Rest in regards to output.
That is this series.
The 18-20 size is rated at an Honest18w 1800 lumens. These strips use the 5730 SMD led, the most powerful compact SMD led each is rated .5W and 50lumens.
This strip has a theoretical output of 22.5 watts @2250 lumens!
I have taken mine apart and measured current and voltage on this strip. It is tuned to 80% of max , I assume for longevity as leds do not like heat. The strip itself is fairly thick aluminum panel that the smd circuit is printed on for good heat dissipation.
MY issue is the RGB leds on their own are not well thought out and look janky at night and green does not do a lot for photosynthesis.
So I ordered some grow spectrum smd led chips to swap out the greens, looks scary but doable.
So carefully I unsoldered the green leds and swapped them out for PINK grow spectrum Leds.
Last pic is Rear Strip RGB with front strip RGP.
Each strip is on a separate ramp timer. Eventually I will be combining the front and rear strip white leds and routing them together on one timer and combining the other colors onto 1 timer. Just waiting for 60w power supply to arrive that will power both strips timers etc. I have been an electronics hobbyist since the 80's so this not exactly rocket science
The toughest part is desoldering and resoldering smd chips without special soldering iron.
Anyhow for now I am pretty Happy with the outcome so far.