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hello everyone, I'm at it again. I recently shut down my ADA 60H reef and will be turning it to a planted tank. THe light I had was meant for a reef so I sold it and decided to try out the makersled kit that they sell at ledgroupbuy. After seeing theblondskeleton's post, it made me really want to try it out.

I picked it up from LEDGroupBuy along with a bunch of their LEDs.

I also picked up a few LEDs and other knickknacks from

I'm running
12 cree xt-e neutral white
8 cree xt-e royal blue
2 philips rebel cyan's
2 ocean coral whites from ledgroupbuy (has a red, blue and cyan)

These are running off 2 inventronics 700ma drivers and they can be dimmed.

With 60degree optics on the whites, and at the height I plan to hang the light, I can hit as low as 20 umol of par up to 120umol depending on how high I turn the light on.

This whole project has been a real pain in the butt, I went cheap and bought crappy drivers from aquastyleonline and they blew out super quick, and took a few LEDs with them, it actually happened twice! I should've just gone w/ the inventronics to begin with, they ended up costing the same after ridiculous shipping from China.

Anyways, on to the pics

Initial LED layout, 4 more LEDs would eventually be added. I learned from the light I built my GF and by looking at the commercial fixtures like the AI Sol and Ecotech Radion that having a lot of leds closely grouped together allows for better color mixing and gives you the ability to fine tune the exact spectrum of light. You end up using a lot more LEDs but it gives you a nicer look in the end IMO.

First test

and completed!

I plan to hang this light from a metal light pole so I drilled holes into the heat sink and hooked on some keychain rings to hold the hooks I'll be using.

Overall, the kit itself is very nicely put together, fit and finish are great. I ended up spending way over my budget due to the crap drivers and blowing out 8 LEDs but it was a good learning experience. However, if I knew I was going to drop this much money, I would've just bought the new AI Vega Color or the Ecotech Radion and have all the controllability and programability too. Oh well.

Thanks for reading!

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the blues are dimmable so it won't be too blue. This light should be able to run over a reef too if I so choose, just need to add a few UV leds
Several other places are carrying them as well now too. I think you may have a few to many blues unless you really want a 9-11K look. I have a set with 12 XPG neutral white and 5 RB the neutral whites are driven at 700mA and the 5RB at 500mA... It's too blue for my tastes...
Do either one of you have pics of these set up and in use yet? I am close to pulling the trigger on a similar build, but i have been debating on which LED's i want to use. And really my choices were pretty close to what you both are doing, or i was thinking maybe going with just the XPG nw's.

Its going to be a nano build, either over a 10g or an 18g that has a similar foot print as the 10, but is just taller. I plan on growing emersed out the top of the tank with driftwood, and low tech no co2 for now. Im planning on going with 12 3w LED's and controlling the light output with fixture height and dimming, but having the ability to go higher light if i want.

Anyway, not trying to hijack your thread, sorry! Would just love to see what this looks like set up over plants and fish...
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