RGB LED light, WOW!

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  1. brettb2020

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    iv been setting up a temporary tank for my live stock while my new tank gets set up. since there are going to be know corals in this tank i decided i would use LED's for the lighting.

    i had some RGB LED strips laying around that i bought a while back. it comes with a controller that is controlled by remote. picture below.

    for those who dont know what RGB is: it stands for Red Green Blue, the primary colours of light. you can make any colour using those 3 colours by mixing them. the controller controls the intensity of each of the 3 colours according the colour light wanted.

    now to the point. today i put my livestock in the tank. and WOW! the colour is intense!!! it is really amazing! And you can change the shade of light. to make white light you just switch all 3 colours on.

    after seeing this i decided to put some star polyps in to see how they like it.

    Iv been trying to take some pictures but I only have my phone at the moment and the pictures are to bad. will take some pics as soon as i get my camera back.

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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    This is really interesting.....
     
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    How much does one of those strips go for?
     
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    brettb2020 Thread Starter

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    was 200 for the controller and a 30cm piece of strip. i bought 2 extra strips for 60 bucks each.. that was about a year ago.. just looking on ebay now though, you can get a 5m strip with controller for about 200 bucks. 1 controller can run 10m of LED strip
     
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    very interesting, some more pic please
     
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    This is cool. Would like to see how the corals react to it.
     
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    Interesting Tagging along!!!!
     
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    Thats really cool :thumbup:

    But can you compare it to T5 lighting or metal halides?
     
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    see that you are online, can you post some pic for us
     
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    i think for a FOWLR its awsome and wont be to expensive. but for corals you gonna need some more power. you do get the high power RGB LED's. the strip I have is quater watt per LED. Iv seen 1watt per LED. if you have a couple metre's of that, it would work, but pricey. LED's are still expensive.
     
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    still cool, would love to see it in action
     
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    brettb2020 Thread Starter

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    guys il take some pics and a vid as soon as a get my camera back from my sister:)
     
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    DAMMIT BIANCA GIVE HIM HIS CAMERA BACK!! :p I remember you showing me this light strip many moons ago, i thought we were gonna use them as moonlights? Or for making sunsets in the tank? Can you bring this along tomorrow for me to play with when you come by?
     
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    get a par meter to see how well they really are.
     
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    Also tagging on this one, really interesting. Would love to know more
     
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    yeah remember talking about that. Would be able to simulate the colours and intensity of sunrise and sunset, wont be able to bring it tomoro. Iv just finished making a lil stand for it and iv stuck everything on,
     
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    im battling to take pictures that actually give justice to what iv said about it. you have to see it in person. i need to some how put t5's and then the LED's and take a picture of both and put them next to each other.

    the star polyps iv put in the tank seem to be loving it though. they open fully and the colour looks great. they not the most light hungry coral but its working..
     
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    Hi Brett

    How are your corals doing?

    Since you used the strip lighting, am keen to know, as i am thinking about doing this upgrade myself.
     
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    tagging
     
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    One of the ex sponsors here has recently replaced his flourescent lighting over his fish tanks with these, albeit the single colour ones. These little strips will not be sufficient to keep most corals, except perhaps in very shallow tanks, or the ones not demanding much light. Even for deep water corals like lps, the quantity (photons) of light might be sufficient, but I doubt if the spectrum would do.
    Notwithstanding the above, these might make for nice supplimental lighting.... And at around R200 well worth playing around with.
     
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