Led Lighting DIY

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  1. Duimpies

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    Hi Guys
    I am in process of setting up a new tank:
    DT 1500 x 600 x 600
    Sump 1200 x 600 x 600.

    Came across a website where one could do your own DIY Led setup. They offer white aquarium Led strips 14000k and blue aquarium strips 20000k. A person buys them per meter. ... Seems to cut ones cost down by a lot...

    My question would be how many strips would i need, i was thinking of 8 strips, 4 blue, 4 white with length of 1400mm. Or would this be to bright, maybe 6 or 4 with a 50/50 ratio. Or should the ratio diff?

    Here is the specs of the light, just in case its need to determine the amount of lighting:

    White :
    5050 chip, 60 Led per meter, 14000 Colour temp/k,280 lumen/m, 4.8 watt/m

    Blue:

    5050 chip, 60 " " " , 20000 Colour temp/k , 170 Lumen/m, 4.2watt /m


    What other fitting would i require as well
     
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    These strips are no good for corals.

    To demostarte, Im running 144w of led's on a 4 ft tank. So if i were to use this lighting on my tank id need 35 meters and even then the lumen rating would still be less than what i have now....
     
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    is the watt actually per globe as there is 60 globes in a ,meter ?
     
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    In strip lighting the watts is per meter. the lumen rating is also per meter.
     
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    thats no good then .... damm thought it would be a bargain to make it up my slef .
     
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    i tried the strips, it didnt work for me, but if you put enough on it could work but you would need alot!
     
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    Butcherman is right those strips are not very powerful, specially for that size tank you would need a huge ammount of them. You need high power leds usually 3w leds are the common ones used.
    Rapid Led is a good option if you want to diy, these guys are also an option I bought most my stuff from them. http://www.aquastyleonline.com/categories/DIY-LED-Lighting/
     
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    Thanks Mc

    I am on the link youve sent me , which one would i selct ?

    120 Led kit ?
     
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    120 would be perfect
     
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    perfect
     
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    in terms of the LED drivers , which option ? 2 X or 5 X
     
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    Yes the one one with the meanwell drivers.
     
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    Depends on how many heatsinks you are going for, that kit looks like it doen't come with the heatsinks. I would probably go for the two.
     
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    there 3 options of the mean well drivers :

    2 x mean well
    5 x meanwell eln 60 - 48d
    5 x meanwell eln 60 - 48p

    not to sound stupid, but what do they do
     
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    Its basically what powers the leds the 2 option is just a more powerfull driver so you need less of them. Leds are wired in series and there a certain limit per driver driver so if you had the 5 option it may be easier to spread them over multiple heatsinks.
     
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    the 48d - dimmable using analogue 0-10v (0%-100%)
    the 48p - dimmable using digital PWM (Pulse With Modulation) control, with this you would need a micro controller like the Typhoon
     
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    Andre what does 48b stand for?
     
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    @Mc, I don't know, but my guess could be also the dimmable option that contains both analogue and pwm built in. Don't quote me but its very possible. I always only worked with PWM only
     
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    Ok cool well it does come in the dimmable kit.
     

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