Can anyone guess my latest DIY project

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by ThaneF, 1 Aug 2011.

  1. ThaneF

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    Right, the first item of my latest project has arrived, hoping the rest is going to arrive early next week :whistling:

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  3. danimal

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    I'm guessing LEDs
     
  4. ThaneF

    ThaneF Thread Starter

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    @danimal, you are 100% correct.
    Going to be retro fitting my RSM 130d with 24 cree (12x white and 12x royal blue) LED's... well at least that's the plan...
     
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  5. danimal

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    nice!

    how are you planning on attaching the LEDs? thermal epoxy or nuts and bolts?
     
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    ThaneF Thread Starter

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    The kit comes with thermal adhesives so I'm going to be using that. It's time for me to practice my soldering skills :p
     
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    awesome :) .. Have fun
     
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    you getting them from rapidled.com?
     
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  10. ThaneF

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    No, the LED's, drivers etc are coming from: ReefLEDLights | LED Aquarium Lighting « Reef Aquarium Lighting ReefLEDLights | LED Aquarium Lighting
    The actual LED's aren't that much cheaper than buying locally but the drivers are A LOT cheaper so I bought the whole lot from the USA.
    The heatsink came from: www.heatsinkusa.com/
    Took a week and a half for the heatsink to get here so if the LED's come the same route USPS priority should have about a week to go for the LED's... can't wait for the "twinkle" effect :thumbup:
     
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    very nice
     
  12. SHAYNE

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    sounds good? wil be tagging along to:thumbup1:
     
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    Nice, what has been the cost implication thus far if you dont mind me asking..
     
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  16. ThaneF

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    So I bought the 12x creed LED kit (12 Cree XP-G R5 Cool white, 12 Cree Royal Blue, thermal paste, 2x dimmable drivers etc) for $221 (with shipping)
    Heat sink 5.886" Wide x 20" Long Heatsink for $81 (with shipping)
    Not cheap but I'm hoping that I'll have fun with building the lights and get a great effect afterwards
     
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    Awesome DIY project Thane!

    Please upload loads of pics!!!!!!

    Those prices are not bad! I thought you had to import the heatsink, as you battle to find anything in decent sizes (150 x 200 +)
     
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    ThaneF Thread Starter

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    Hi @lIghty.
    I had to import the heatsink. As you said, to find decent sized heatsinks here is almost impossible.
    Will defiantly be posting pics as the products arrive and the project carries on
     
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    How are you going to drive the LEDs, some sort of microcontroller.
     
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    I'm not quite sure I understand you @lIghty but I'll try and answer you...
    I have bought two "drivers", 1x for the white LED's and 1x for the Blue LED's. If you are interesed the model numbers are: LPC-35-700 and [SIZE=2]LPC-60-1050 - they are both mean well products[/SIZE]
     
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    Awesome stuff I took on a very similar project a while ago lots of fun,
    and lots of swearing.:biggrin: Just dont be an idiot like me, make sure you don't have any shorts I managed to blow three of my leds.
     
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