DIY LED kits

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Dre, 25 Mar 2013.

  1. Dre

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    Hi guys I spoke to a guy who I buy my HID kits for my car and he imports LED.

    I want to see if he can get us a DIY setup for a good price. The problem is that I don't know what to ask him for. Please could someone give me a list of everything that would be needed for a DIY setup in order for us to get a price from him.
     
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    Has anyone done a DIY kit for the Boyu TL550. Could you please tell me what the kit would consist of and what results you got.
     
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    you would need to get 3 watt brightlux or cree leds
    mixture of blue and white
    10k or 20k white depending on what spectrum you are after
    and 455nm blues
    and then the drivers
    and heatsinks
    hope this helps
     
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    It does help thanks. I have No idea what that mean but he should know. Ha ha thanks.
     
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    Just a question to the LED guys: What makes a LED better for, lets say, deeper penetration? Is it the wattage or the K value or the nm?
    My tank is about 700 deep, so will 5w be better than the 3w in all the light spectrums?:(
     
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    The lenses you use. on 700mm you should use 60 degree lenses
     
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    I'm no expert on this but have done my own diy leds.

    5w are normally better but the lumens will tell you how strong they are to an extent, par and pur are actually the true measurement but they are hard to come by so the lumens will have to do.

    The k value does determine how deep it will penertrate but that is only because blue light, the higher end of the k spectrum penertrates deeper. The problem with that is you don't want the tank to look too blue and the blue leds of the same type seem to have a lower lumen.
    With a 700 deep tank there shouldn't be a issue with the rays not reaching the bottom so when you choose the k value it should be more for visual effect.
    I like leds in the 8000k region or a mixture of 10000k and 6000k

    nm is often used as an alternative way to describe the colour with 400 being the bottom of the blue end and 600 the top of the yellow.

    Here an interesting article on the different measurements of leds.
    http://www.americanaquariumproducts.com/Aquarium_Lighting.html
     
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