Late Merry Christmas!
Just got back home from a long break visiting family and I was excited to see that my LEDs had arrived in the mail! I immediately got to work modifying my desk lamp.
Here's all the parts: Cree XR-E Q5 LED, Driver, and Heatsink
This is the lamp I modified, replaced all 21 weak LEDs with the single cree.
Installed the driver in the base of the lamp.
Light by itself.
And the finished light above my tank!
I meant to take a picture before modification to show the little amount of light that the lamp alone provided, but I was impatient and hasty and wanted to get to work on it! But trust me it's WAY brighter. I'm excited to see the plants really start growing in now.
In my other pictures for lighting I was using the lamp and a halogen, which is bright and good for pictures but doesn't provide useful light for the plants to grow. Now with just the single cree it outputs 10,000K light, which the plants love! It also has a wider angle of light to cover the entire tank evenly, unlike before I modified it when it mostly just covered the center of the tank and couldn't reach the outer edges. All in all, I'm very pleased with how the lamp turned out
Since I left for the break I noticed that the plants in the back started to die off because of the transition between immersed to emersed, which I expected. But it is showing signs of new growth which is good and it should start to take off soon with the new light. If too much of it dies off I'll just keep trying with trimmings from my main tank.
Anyway, I'll keep you guys updated on how things are going and once it starts to fill in nicely I'll get some pictures up. I'm hoping to start working on a miniature canister filter system soon for when I get ready to fill it with water, so when I start working on that I'll get pictures up to show how that's going.