DIY led question

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  1. reefer101

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    Good morning people

    I would like to do a diy led lighting for my 60+L tank this december. The tank dimensions are L-47 W-31 H-45.

    Question is how many 3watt leds would I need?
    TIA
     
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    Depending on heat sink size.
    4 rows with 8 in each would be nice.
     
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    the first question you should be asking is what you plan to grow/keep in the tank, then arrange lighting around that. Much like asking to buy a car at a car dealership. Unless of course you are looking to upgrade your system at a later stage, and you run dimmers for the current LED diy magafty you attempt to make.
     
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    Mainly softies...
     
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    Would also like to have a clam
     
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    what brand led's are you using?
    what drivers are you going to use?
    also will you be using secondary optics?
     
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    All equipment will be from improvedlivingpe I don't see brand names on their leds and drivers.
    The leds will be:
    Royal blue 450-460nm
    Cool white 6500K epistar
    Maybe violets also
    How many degree optics would you recommend?
     
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    Improvedliving only does epistar

    Not the greatest but it can work if you have enough of them.
     
  10. Dexter

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    I use those exact LED's. Sorry to say this but i love them. I grow absolutely everything under them. Softies, lps, and sps. Nothing wrong with them if you do it right.
     
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    Yes. But to get the same par as Cree you need to use more LEDs.

    But that's a debate for another time
     
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    They are so cheap to add more you wont even notice the dent in your pocket
     
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    Thanks guys
    How high from the water should the diy unit be hanging?
    What degree optics will I be using?
     
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    Sorry to ask this but where is the best place to buy LEDs in Gauteng?
     
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    Try Mantech or Communica.
     
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    Communica do not carry 3W leds suitable for reefkeeping.
     
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    According to Communica they only have "Normal white 3W"

    Why do I get the feeling the sales assitant was a champ......
    @Dexter where did you buy from?
     
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    Improved living pe
     
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    @NewbiePta improvedlivingpe ships so you can buy everything need, from them
     
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    led select capetown under bid or buy. they stock cree aswell.
     
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    yes, 3 * 1W on single strip.
     

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