Led Lighting DIY

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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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4.2watt /m
4.8 watt/m
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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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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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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Andre what does 48b stand for?
 

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Ok cool well it does come in the dimmable kit.
 

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