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DIY light

So why am I not building my own light out of a couple of these?

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I don't know, it may be worth a try if you're good with wiring. You'd probably need a rectifier to convert an AC current to the appropriate DC voltage as these things are designed to go on a car. I took a look and although I can't find these specific lights, these car-mounted fixtures seem to have 6000K spectrum as standard so it should look alright colorwise. I haven't seen anyone ever using anything like this though so I have no idea what it would look like or if they would work. You could look into those cheap outdoor floodlights which I believe are less expensive. A number of people around here use those as an inexpensive alternative to LED fixtures for high-tech setups.
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That light is something I used on a motor bike of mine just recently. They were $15 on amazon, probably cheaper from China. They are quite simple to wire for 12V DC (any power brick really). As for usable light, I'm not sure. They may output a lot of lumens but not a lot of par? I am unsure of the translation and details, but you can definitely try it.


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I'm going to give these a shot.
here is my plan, three over a 20l and then put strips of RGB LEDs between them so I can adjust color and some brightness.
Wiring these up etc. is no biggy, I'm good with this stuff!
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I'm going to give these a shot.
here is my plan, three over a 20l and then put strips of RGB LEDs between them so I can adjust color and some brightness.
Wiring these up etc. is no biggy, I'm good with this stuff!
So lets see..
http://www.aquatraders.com/LED-Aquar...f-p/56545p.htm
60W for $70 (1.17 W) vs
http://www.carhidkits.com/index.php?...FQmpaQodV2UASQ
$23/27W= .85 Watt (no ps but one can be salved from a computer) and more mounting hardware..
Only takes $10 in ancillary parts to make the Beamswork cheaper..
Of couse w/ 3 you get 35% more "watts"..

Keep in mind the beamswork has a nice place for strips. You can mount them in between the 2 rows..
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...=627826&page=3

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Hey, I wanted to try one of these lights on a small tank. Did this work out for you?


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