light suggestions for TL550

Discussion in 'Boyu TL450 and TL550 advice' started by NADEEM, 29 Aug 2012.

  1. NADEEM

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    Hello everyone.my boyu TL550. Has the std lights in and seems very dull to me.
    Does anybody know of a lighting unit, either T5 or MH that neatly fits onto the top of this tank once lid is removed?

    Or, has anybody done a led diy into this tanks hood? How many leds are needed? How many drivers? What colour leds look good and how many of each colour?what does a led diy roughly cost for this tank? Do you get a heat sink that can fit into the tanks canopy.

    Sorry for so many questions. I would really like to upgrade the lights on this tank and looking for the best option.I know led's are the stuff now but I'm clueless when it comes to them, been on rapidled website and damn I have no clue what I'd need to buy. I have only lps and leathers in this tank,would like to perhaps have a clam.no sps for me. But I want really nice colour light that makes the corals colours pop.

    Please help
    Thank you
     
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  3. Ayoob

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    Speak to Hadi as he might know what you would need from rapid. Led would be your best choice as Mh do push up temperature easy and then you would require a chiller
     
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    @hadiosbourne could you please assist and advise me here

    Thanx
     
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    Intrested in this to
     
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    LED'S - best mod I have ever doen to my TL 550.....just do a search....a couple of guys have done this mod to the TL 550 - simple and easy to do!
     
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    Hi PM me your number. Can hook you up complete LED unit for tl550 from a non sponsor;)
     
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    Thanks for the replies guys, will have a look
    @mornewil , pm sent
     
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    want to share the details please?
     
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    I have done a led upgrade on my TL550 and I agree that it is the best upgrade that I have done.
    Depending on what you want to keep there are a few options.
    I would say about 20-24 3watt leds is a good idea depending on there strength.
    Still not a lot available in SA so ordering online is probably the best option.
    There are a few sites out there such as rapidled aquastyle and ebay where you can get them.
    I got mine from these guys, this is a nice option for the 550 and it has bridgelux leds which I have been pretty impressed with. http://www.aquastyleonline.com/products/Aquarium-24-LEDs-DIY-Kit.html
    Let me know if you need any help or advice.
    Look the tank in my signature if you want to see how they look on the tank.
     
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    Morne good idea. You could also consider, if you prepared to remove the hood
     
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    thanx Mc, i see the heatsink on this DIY Kit is 12cm x 3cm x 40cm , does this fit into hood nicely, you used 18 x bridgelux leds? correct? this kit has 24. its cheaper than CREE as well hey?
     
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    morne, that LED unit is very smart, but yes hood will have to be removed and its much more expensive than a DIY led job, or am i wrong in saying this?
     
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    True but if you going to add a bh1000 I think the odds are not so bad because you are going to remove the wood. I say leave Diy and get the unit morne has in mind. I do think that unit is a really good price
     
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    The hb1000 can be fitted without removing the hood, just mod the hood slightly and then the hb1000 should fit.
    I really like the LED unit Morne has, so seriously considering this option but wanting to see what other guys have done with DIY before i make final decision

    only thing that concerns me about removing Hood is wont it look ugly and untidy at the back section?
     
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    Check with an electric shop. As far as I know you get a replacement tube that is made up of LED's, not sure how it works though
     
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    Fitting the heatsink was one of the problems I had, I managed to cut the fins a bit shorter and it worked fine. I used the 18 and left one of the PL tubes in and then later removed the tube and added more leds.
    I think you may be able to fit the heatsink in by removing both tubes and the reflector plate under it, I would probably do it this way if I were doing it again, as the leds dont need a reflector and it just gets in the way.
    The two drivers fit nicely in place of the two flourecent ballsasts.

    The reason I like it in the hood is unless you add a cover to the back compartment those wires and skimmer look a bit messy.
     
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    You can but they don't match the power of these high power leds like the 3w leds.
     
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    What is the space avalible in the hood?
     
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    I haven't measured it exactly and it also depend if you remove the reflector plate.
     
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    roughly?
     
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