MY 1.5m DIY LED Unit Build


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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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im also thinking of going the Improved living route, how many of each color did they send?
 
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Quick question. I see no heatsinks? Will there be a thin heatsink placed behind the leds?
 
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Quick question. I see no heatsinks? Will there be a thin heatsink placed behind the leds?
Heatsinks are there, the lights had to be soldered on individually
 
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Nice DIY. Is it finished?
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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im also thinking of going the Improved living route, how many of each color did they send?
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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