Pre purchase plans
I have done considerable work on this idea. Let me share my plans before I put out the green. This is my first engineering project since I had a major stroke in late 2017.
I have decided to base the light on the MAKERLED slim hood kit, 48" in length. I'll put 2 of the frameless fans on top. A cool diode is a happy diode. Bridgelux says you can run these strips with no heatsink, but a study of the specs reveals major performance problems at elevated temperatures. For mounting the strips I will use thermal double sided tape and bolts with plastic washers. I will use Makerled's adjustable hanging kit to suspend the hood.
For the light selection, I am going to follow Fissure's example. 2 groups of 6 rows. My thought is (3) 560mm 5.7k, (2) 560mm 5k, (1) 280mm 4k, and (1) 280mm 5.7k X2. I will separate the groups in the center over the tank brace. I am open to suggestions. At full drive that is 22,600 lumens.
On to the drive. A Rosewill microATX case with two fans. A Meanwell LRS power supply, 24V @ 350W. 12 Meanwell LDD-1500H drivers mounted on Coralux 5UP boards. A cheap 12V 5A power supply for the fans. Until I can get around to hacking out an Arduino controller, A TC421 controller.
I open to suggestions before I heat up the credit card. Does this sound good? Is this enough light for a high tech tank?
I will document every part of this build if anyone is interested. Thanks for reading!