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Add wide angle optic to a Deep Blue Solar Flare?

For those that aren't familiar, the Solar Flare is a 3 watt LED on a flexible arm - here it is at Ken's: http://www.kensfish.com/aquarium-sup...-daylight.html

Great light format for a bowl or small tank - but it is at bit of a spot-light flamethrower, here is a thread by OVT that includes PAR readings:
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ht=solar+flair

SO I got to thinking - the DIY LED guys have to put little optics in front of the raw LEDs - could one be put on the lens of this Solar Flare to make it a wider angle coverage? I've never built an LED light so I don't have any parts laying around to check it out.

The stock lens on the light is flat, as you can see here:



What do you think?


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It's hard to tell from the picture, but the widest spread you'll get is generally with no optic at all. You could try removing the optic altogether. Even the widest optics (like 80 degrees for instance) produce a bit of spotlighting if there's only 1 LED


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You are a genius! The very front of the light (a thin bezel around the lens) unscrews and the optics fall out. It's a pretty impressive hunk of glass (or acrylic, not sure) - not just a little lens.

This leaves your average LED mounting star in a nice hood - and give a great wide angle much muted light! perfect for a bowl!


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