RSM 130d LED Upgrade

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  1. Wizard$

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    Hi All

    So about a 6 months ago I decided to upgrade from the stock lighting to LED, mainly due to the CFC lamps needing replacement every 6 months and the cost of the lamps, as well as additional lighting provided by LED's - I decided on RAPIDLED's solderless retrofit kit. I chose the the dimmable option, which required a controller, so I also purchased an Apex controller unit from them. Everything arrived neatly packaged about 3 weeks after payment. After connecting the leds to the heatsink, I just ran out of steam and left it all in the packaging, until December, where I decided to attempt again - so here are some pics of the process
     
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    The Leds wired to the heatsink - solderless so easier to assemble, but not a very neat appearance, and you have to make double sure every connector is properly inserted

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    Apex controller unit - only using one bus for controlling lights at this stage

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    Apex Energy Bar - 110 V only, with my cheap plug adapters - need to source some 110 v compatible equipment

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    220v to 110 V power converter - purchased off gumtree.

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    Apex display unit

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    RSM Lid with cover and lamps removed

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    Back of hood, after removing cover and disconnecting and removing ballasts

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    Looking great!

    Keep the pics coming!

    Let us know what you think of the controller.
     
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    Existing LED driver - they recommend that you leave this in, most probably if you purchase the non dimmable leds - I don't use these anymore. I have heard of guys tweaking the voltage on this driver to get a brighter blue from the leds - the standard setting is very low

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    @Wizard,

    If you don't mind me asking, how much did the whole conversion cost including shipping etc.?

    I'm also considering to convert my RSM250.
     
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    Pulling additional wires through for dimming capability, after drilling small hole behind timer

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    As I got stuck into the process I took less pics - bit of a faff getting new led drivers to fit in space, and making sure wires properly connected with those american easy connectors - this was after everything was fitted and closed up again - heatsink was tight fit.

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    Testing to make sure apex controller properly connected - unbelievably bright!

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    Fitted to tank - very bright - you can see the blue/white configuration as reflection on water and on couch.
    Have reduced to run at 60%, will slowly ramp up

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    Last pic - conclusion - upgrade relatively easy to do, easier than I thought, and I have no electrical background. Very happy with LEDs, surprised at how much heat they still generate though. They give a wonderful shimmer in the water which I never had with the stock lighting. The apex controller - easy to use - connected to my network and the software picked it up straightaway - right now I am not using the energy bar, only the ph meter, temp meter and the one variable channel for the lighting. The programming of the channel for the lighting was also pretty easy - after a short google search I found an example and just changed it slightly and it worked perfectly. I downloaded the app to my iphone and that worked as well so no problems there. All in all very happy so far.

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    Wow, you make it look so easy! Nice upgrade!
     
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    Total cost incl shipping $854, and I think I paid about R100 at post office. Fortunately I purchased when rand was at approx 8 to the dollar. The controller alone was $499, and shipping $65
     
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    I could have just bought the Apex controller without the energy bar at $249, which in hindsight I should have bought (can power off 12 V DC), which I could then connect to a 220 V UK spec energy Bar.
     
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