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DIY LED Resources

I'm interested in what others have found works for them in regards to sourcing different aspects of their DIY lighting builds. Striplights, component LEDs, etc.

Do you have a favorite ebay seller, website, or online retailer who you trust?

Any favorite drivers, dimmers, power supplies, PWM or LEDs?

What websites did you use for validating/creating/testing your configurations?


I think folks want to play with DIY LED builds, but want to have a reasonable level of certainty that they aren't throwing their money away. The options available almost cause paralysis because there are so many options, and just need a helpful nudge in the right direction.
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Would be interested as well. I'm always after the Holy Grail of DIY LED's.
But one piece of advice....and speaking from experience...

It doesn't matter if you get the best LED, etc. It will always comes down to figuring out a way to get it to work on top of your tank. I've built a couple DIY lights and everyone has been a PIA to figure out how to get it to work on top of the tank.
Just my $0.02
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http://spectra.1023world.net/
http://www.bmlcustom.com/custom-led-strip/

And I'm sticking w/ Meanwell LDD series drivers. Dim to zero and cheap..5V PWM dimming so Aduino,Typhon,Corallux controller compatible..
Some restrictions on amp output and max voltage that I'd like to see gone..

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http://spectra.1023world.net/
http://www.bmlcustom.com/custom-led-strip/

And I'm sticking w/ Meanwell LDD series drivers. Dim to zero and cheap..5V PWM dimming so Aduino,Typhon,Corallux controller compatible..
Some restrictions on amp output and max voltage that I'd like to see gone..
Confusion on my part...
Are you suggesting BML as a source for info or parts ?

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Confusion on my part...
Are you suggesting BML as a source for info or parts ?
Info for spectral analysis using their "configurator"

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I have written some basic articles on DIY LEDs for aquariums (links in my signature).
Both the links that Jeff mentioned are of great help.

Regarding the drivers: Constant current (dimmable or non-dimmable) are almost out of the fashion now. I mean they work but are bulky and hard to put on a heatsink. Meanwell LDD-H are very small and very inexpensive. You can use 48V power supply to power them which are also inexpensive in comparison to constant current drivers.
I have used Meanwell 350W powersupply and LEDgroupbuy's 250W powersupply and they both worked great.

I have been using Cree LEDs for last three years. Never faced any issues. Philips is another very popular brand. Edison is something that I keep hearing about, time to time.

LEDgroupbuy.com and RapidLED.com are the two retailers I shop from.
I love MakersHeatsink. Very professional looking.

New Bluefish controllers are wireless and are amazing to use over a planted tank. I especially liked their Bluefish mini.
StormX that was released last year is also a good one. It handles as much as 16 channels individually. Makers controller and their 5up pro Driver works great in combination.

For connectors and small parts etc, you can use partsexpress.com You just have to know what you are looking for. It is kinda hard to navigate through such a big inventory. Search works great.

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I have been using Newark for components for about a year.
Super fast, reliable shipping.
Again, you have to know what you are looking for, their websites has good pictures and customer service is good.

http://www.newark.com/
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Have had good experiences with stevesleds.com and the luxeon LEDs.
Power supply I would go with meanwell products any day.
Digikey.com is a nice place for misc. things like wiring, connectors etc. and also vero leds and the like


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Coralux.net is a great resource for LDD drivers and multi-channel boards.
I also purchased a stormX, handles 16 channels of PWM dimming.
Cloud cover feature I can appreciate but lightning effect is missing something.
If I were doing another large LED build I would buy another.


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If you are really committed to DIY. I would look into the Allegro A6213 or A6213. @O2surplus introduced them to me and I built my own drivers. Don't try and rush the project. My first failed miserably with my wife asking why there was smoke coming from the aquarium. With a lot of research and patience you can build an amazing light. My build thread will be coming soon.
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Maybe an inappropriate comment but I finally change to an ADA Aquasky LED a few months ago and I have never had such a healthy tank in my life. (Matched with ADA tank.) Maybe you can save 80$ with DIY and even have fun making it. But then the real trouble may begin. Or maybe not.

From my point of view, I just want to enjoy the tank.

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