RSM 250 improved living leds

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Hi all, I have recently bought a RSM250 and running T5s but they need to be replaced.

I see that improved living PE sell a kit that comes to about 205w.

Just wanted to find out if anyone else has done this conversion.

Or if they have done any other led conversationother than the Improved living kit.

Mainly wanting a system that can connect to the switch panel on the side and dosnt require cutting away at the hood or damaging.

All feed back would be appreciated!
 

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Hi,

I cut out the hood and added 2 x Radions, the Improved Living kits are great
 

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I found the Improved Living kit to be a bit white for my liking, but can always use it as a base and swap out some chips. Not sure if it will be on the panel on the side though, as it comes with quite a bulky external power supply normally. I did fit some completely DIY LED’s on an RSM130 and that is working well. Tried to mimic the Radion AB+ spectrum and the corals seem to like it, they open more than they’ve ever opened, maybe you can do the same on an rsm250 and just scale it up. The 30w Cree chip I got from LED Select on Bidorbuy, but you can probably get off ebay, or just replace that with 10x3w Royal Blue to keep overall spectrum the same. The other chips are all 3w chips, and those are a combination of chips from an old IL kit and new chips from LED Select. Think there are 2 UV and 4 Violet chips. The ‘Blue’ is currently Ice Blue, but got some Cyan to swap out 4 out of the 6.

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You get these drivers from LED Select, which can run 12x3w. They are quite small and should fit into hood, then you just connect the 220v output to the cable that goes to the timer on the side.

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Personally I would keep 2 of the T5 tubes, maybe put ATI Blue Plus or 1 Blue Plus and 1 Purple Plus on the 2 outside ones (if they can run separately). I found on my big tank the look when you combine T5’s and LED’s to provide a good balance between shimmer and coverage.
 
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Personally I would keep 2 of the T5 tubes, maybe put ATI Blue Plus or 1 Blue Plus and 1 Purple Plus on the 2 outside ones (if they can run separately). I found on my big tank the look when you combine T5’s and LED’s to provide a good balance between shimmer and coverage.
Thought about this but am to scared they will melt my legs mounted next to them in the hood?

I have purchased the improved living kit and will let you know how it goes.
 

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