To be honest I’m more confused now .. I am for sure want something that is a little over power and be able to dim it if it will be necessary, better than an option that I will be stocked with something that now giving me much lighted tank . regarding the dimmer I would like something that I can control remotely by wifi but in the other hand I would like some thing relabel. I love the look of good lighted tank closer to a day/cool white with a touch of warm white. I my opinion little touch of blue and red make a good appearance of the plants and fish , I now that is not necessary for plants growing but at the end visuality is important . btw I an not from us and I use not 110v I use 220v.
Voltage won't matter much on the ac end since so many are universal. DC knows no country so things like the Meanwell LDD's work everywhere...
I love the look of good lighted tank closer to a day/cool white
The Bridgelux or my luxeon fresh fish satisfies that.
You do need to keep in mind that white LED's have a ton of blue.
7000k/660nm is also a crisp white color w/ lots of pop as well.
with a touch of warm white.
Which was the point of the 3500k COBs.. A size smaller than the 6500k's and 4 vs 6 for the cool white ones..
You may only run them 10% during peak photosynthesis (for looks) which is why I boosted the 6500k's
6 of those alone should give you lots of PAR.
Point is at $3 each they are a bit err disposable. Yea need to by 4 $7 drivers as well but the ps stays the same.
$40 color add on.. FEW if any would argue about adding warm whites to a cool white array...for the plants .
Many 3500k leds in the past had HORRIBLE color rendering but by using the Thrive line you shouldn't have that.
You should build it so there is a gap beteen rows so worse comes to worse you jut fill it..
Best thing about DIY, allowing for expansion..
__..add any ancillary colors you like here.__
Bluefish mini is a nice controller but very limited in programming morning noon sunset night type.
Uses the cloud and has been reliable for me. Installing via Blynk was a nightmare though.
AFAICT most of those Chinese strip dimmers can be hacked like the TC-420. Just add a wire to the gate of the MOSFET and you get 5V PWM output.
If necessary you can convert 5V PWM to 0-10V analog.
Oh another option is a boost driver.
Can convert a 12V switching power supply to up to 86V @500mA for only $10..
so 2 cobs per driver.
Power on with dimming: PWM DIM~DIM- >2~8VDC or open circuit
Not really much of a difference over separate LDD drivers though.
PWM To Voltage Converter Module 0%-100% to 0-10V for Digital to Analog Signal