Just thought I would share something i've been working on in my fishroom. I haven't been happy with my lighting and never really finished it in my room, it's been kinda a "hodgepodge" of what I had laying around. Options I looked at were either too expensive to rollout to all 20 tanks, to inefficient and hard to work around, or cheap but didn't last. Well I came across a product by Bridgelux called there EB (gen 2) line of led strips, saw some others use them on here, and figured I would try them. these strips are similar to the cheap led strips a lot of us have used in our fish room but about twice as efficient. These are high powered led strips, but unlike most high power LEDS no heatsink required which is a HUGE cost savings I mounted them to the top of PVC gutters. Now to cost.
I did my basic 2 light prototype for just under 20 bucks, including 2 30in pvc gutter pieces, led strips and a driver to run them. The brightness of the light is comparable to a T5H0 over each tank (20L so this is quite a bit of light honestly, way more than my prior lights that took twice as much power were putting in) these lights are extremely popular with guys making DIY "grow" lights, so they definitely can grow plants. They have been running in my room for 4 days now and so far seem to be working great. Going to give it a few more weeks and plan on pulling the trigger on the full room
Parts List for 2 30in Lights:
PVC Gutter from big box store (I got mine from home depot)
2xBridgelux EB 24in strips i used these (bxeb-l0560z-57e2000-c-b3
1xAPC-35-700 Mean well driver, this will run 2 strips wired in series, for the whole room I plan on using another driver to run everything off one driver, iíll go into that a bit more in the follow up to this, but its a HLG series from Meanwell.
Held to the gutter with a couple screws, was going to glue but this seemed better
Old version 1 Gutter lights (3x20in rigid strips, about 25 watter) on left, on right new lights way brighter and at 13.5 watts much much more efficent