MY 1.5m DIY LED Unit Build

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  1. FoundNemo

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    Hi guys, so over the past couple of weekends I have been building a DIY LED unit, progress has been slower then I thought (this happens when building at a friends place and beer is involved) but here are some pics and steps up to where I am now.

    Parts ordered from Improved Living PE cost around 2600, this included a Powersupply, Controller with sunrise, sunset and moonlight (5 channel) 100x 3w LED's, 100x heatsinks & then 20 dimmable drivers, over and above this they sent some extra LED's ect for spare o and of course loads of instructions

    The above they calculated on my tank size of 1.500x450x450

    I have 5 channels with 20 lights per channel, this was pre-programmed for me by Improved Living

    So what I had to get extra mostly Builders warehouse
    Stick Like Sh1T glue
    2x Cans of Black Spray Paint
    1x Can of clear coat
    9 meters of trunking
    Black Silicone
    30 meters of wire

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    I decided on doing a perspex box instead of a aluminium frame cause I might want to go top less soon and suspend i, I worked out the sizes and had black perspex cut to size sizes are 1.400x300x50

    Unboxing & Pics
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    Then some random pics on the build

    By no means am I done, last night we completed 1 channel tested and good to go, I am confident 2 hours of work we will complete the other 4 channels hoping to finish this weekend

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  3. FoundNemo

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    some more......

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    And then of course some more
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    im also thinking of going the Improved living route, how many of each color did they send?
     
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    What is the length and width of the light unit going to be?
     
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    Quick question. I see no heatsinks? Will there be a thin heatsink placed behind the leds?
     
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    Will do a breakdown tonight of the lights and how many of each

    My tank is 1500x450x450
    My Light I made 1400x300x50
     
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    Heatsinks are there, the lights had to be soldered on individually
     
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    Are you going to have your drivers in your light unit or by your sump?
     
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    It will be located in black box together with the controller and psu in the sump area
     
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    Looking forward to seeing completed unit
     
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    Yeah so am I, must say fun build thus far
     
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    How high is the unit going to be above the water?
     
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    With my hood on its will be about 150mm above water line
     
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    @FoundNemo Hi, i did the same on a TL550 that might look familiar. :thumbup:

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    O snap dude looking good I left that tank in good hands
     
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    Nice DIY. Is it finished?
     
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    I wish, made serious progress but not done as yet, need a couple more hours

    In total i have used around 60m of wiring its madness, All 5 channels lights in and connected, box has been drilled, its just a question of now placing channels and tucking wiring and drilling my for my extendable arms

    Some pics again, it looks like a mess but its been well planned step-by-step

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    Light breakdown as follows;
    20x White 1
    20x White 2
    20x White 3
    30x Blue 1
    4x Blue 2 (looks purple)
    2x Green
    4x Magenta

    Total 100 lights for my size spaced about 50mm apart
     
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