Compact Flourecent Bulbs

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  1. Fishy Steve

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    Hi all

    What good options do I have if any? The ones that are currently in my AM37 give off a nice colour and are bright but I think they may be a little old.

    It takes 2 of the the 4 pinned 24w bulbs I think. I would like an Actinic and a 10-14k bulb.

    I would really like some ATI or GEISSMAN in there but seems like they don't to CF bulbs. Pity.

    Any help would be much appreciated
     
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  3. Fishy Steve

    Fishy Steve Thread Starter Hiden super user

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    89 Views and no reply. It looks like I will have to ditch the built in CF lights and go LED or something like that.
     
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    Perhaps explain (photo's) what you want to do and sure you will get replies... These guys/girls are all addicted to photo's...lol
     
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    OK some questions to you
    Can you fit a LED unit inside the hood?
    Do you want to keep the hood?
    Do you have a particular LED unit in mind?
    Or do you want to try DIY?

    All else, those CFL tubes are good on the AM37. It is a small tank, and most powerfull LED units will anyway be too strong.

    Smaller units, not sure which one will actually fit that tank.
     
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    Hey, I just want to know are there any decent replacement CF bulbs available
     
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    Answers and more questions in red :D

    Thanks for the reply.
     
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    I saw a beamsworks 9W clip on unit that looks cool but I doubt if that will keep SPS happy even on my little 37Liter.
     
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    yeah, will be.

    What is the actual diameters of those AM37 tanks. How deep is it?
     
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    I think it is 33cm deep. 40cm Long.

    I see there is an 18w beamsworks unit but its 5cm too long. I might have to phone a friend to get a proper LED custom setup going
     
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    One used to get LED PAR bulbs, I had one from rapidled but I see they dont sell them anymore. Pity cause mine broke and also looking for a replacement for my jebo that is more or less the same as your tank

    Other options but could be quite pricey are the ecoxotic stunners or orphek PR72 and nanoreefbox

    You can also DIY a unit there are some nice heatsinks to use from Rapidled the Onyx or from Ledgroupbuy the makersled heatsinks
     
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    Thanks @Toolboysa

    I will check out some of those options and consult with my DIY-electrically knowledgeable friend.

    I was thinking if I do go DIY would +-10 3w CREE LED's be sufficient? Or should I just cram as many in as possible with reflectors and a dimmer?
     
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    Thanks @Toolboysa

    I will check out some of those options and consult with my DIY-electrically knowledgeable friend.

    I was thinking if I do go DIY would +-10 3w CREE LED's be sufficient? Or should I just cram as many in as possible with reflectors and a dimmer?
     
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    Myself & @butcherman have both built our own led units so we can help aswell

    There are alot useable leds these days. Ill make a list for you when I get home tonight. Unfortunately these all involve getting it from overseas as we dont get these leds locally
     
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    If you drop the hood, then you can also look at Jungle Aquatics at their KEY Leds
    They will fit. But is not controllable.
     
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    Vertex Illumilux Marino Blanco 300
    at 17W will be perfect for that size tank
     
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    Oh that reminds me Jungle Aquatics also has the Zetlights & Maxspect nano leds that might fit
     
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    Also the Kessil led light fixture
     
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    Much appreciated.

    I am intrigued now. Looks like custom LED is the way to go.
     
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    @RiaanP The Vertex seems like a good make but 17w for that price seems a bit heavy. I guess all these little LED units cost a lot when you look at rand per watt though.
     
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    Id suggest look at about 15 3w leds. You can probably run it unlensed but if you want to run lenses 80/90 degree

    Having a dimmer makes life easier cause you can change intensity of led instead of playing with the hight above water level which can give you lots of light spill. PWM or Analog will work
     
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