Will these LED's work?

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  1. Q89

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    I was thinking of DIY my little nano lights. I saw these LED's in the shop the other day and was wondering if they would work to keep stuff like shrooms and zoa's under?

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    Thanx in advance
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  3. Gerhard DP

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    I did some searching into leds and found that the ones used for marine tanks have at least 100Lm per LED so these might be a little weeak.
    No expert though.
     
  4. Tremayn

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    yeah, the LED's for marine purposes are very expensive
     
  5. Max98

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    The LED's used for corals are 100-140 lm per watt. The 3w leds are used so it is usually 200-300 watt per led. Then optics are used to focus the light more and get better par.
    Then fixtures with 12- 100's of these leds are used depending on system size.

    These will only be ok for moonlights or fish only.
     
  6. Q89

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    Thanx guys:thumbup:
     
  7. Tremayn

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    LED lights are just tooooooo expensive, but we all want to try it :p
     
  8. Max98

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    I am busy building my led pendants for my new reef tank. About half way now.

    It is a bit expensive for the initial cost but saves quite a bit in the long run.

    I am planning a 1.2M tank and to add less than 150W of led lighting. It should be more or equal to 250W halides that pull more than 300W(due to ballast inefficiency)

    So the power draw is half what a halide system would use.

    Then there is the bulb replacement. Halides will cost you R500 each year for a new quality brand bulb(estimate) where the LED's would last anything from 8 to 10 years on normal lighting hours.

    In the long run it pays to invest in led lighting imo.
     
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    Hey keep us posted bud. In terms of cost and how you built it.. Most importantly.. PICS :thumbup:
     
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    I will start a new thread for my new tank soon. Just need to figure out a few other details still.
     
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