LED build progress (pic updates)

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LED build progress (pic updates)

Postby gammer_100 on Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:17 am

As a few of you know I ordered 108 3watt bridgelux Led's from aquastyleonline.com to replace the halides and ccompact florescents over my 125 gallon.

I pre tinned the leds
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I then went and made a fixture use five 6 foot long 1.25" c-channel and capped the ends with 1.5" L-channel
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I have all the Leds mounted onto the fixture and have the first series of 18royal blues powered up.
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I have 5 more series left to wire up. I was going to do more last night, but the miller lite wasn't helping out my wiring abilities after awhile :lol: I did however put the 18 leds that were lit up over my tank for a brief moment for comparison and they put my 175 watt halides to shame.. I am a little concerened that with the remaining 18 over that section if I were to put the reflectors on that I would most certainly cook the corals. The setup is dimmable, and the range is 100% to 40%.

If anyone knows where I can get some sunglasses for my fish let me know.. I have a feeling they are going to need it!! :lol:
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Re: LED build progress

Postby gammer_100 on Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:20 am

For anyone wondering the total fixture measures 72" x 12"

Led kit came from Aquastyleonline.com

C-channels were from Speedymetals.com

Both of these companies were great to do buisness with, and prices for both was unbeatable.
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Re: LED build progress

Postby gammer_100 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:15 am

updated pics from lastnight into this morning!

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Here's the light over my tank.. I wish that my phone could even pick up a hint of the corals' popping... because it is pretty intense.

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+1 for bridgelux LEDS!!
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Re: LED build progress

Postby cpandrewschmidt on Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:23 am

Looks awesome (and familiar :) !!! Yeah its crazy what the RB's do to corals, pics can't describe it.

I started mine at 60% power and coral growth has been steady. It might be too bright as some are either just getting nice crisp new growth or bleaching slightly. I can't imagine them at 100% power! Didn't use optics and don't think I'll need to as I crank them up.

Guess my point is you might want to try 50% power and ramp up slowly every week. I think these bad boys are brighter than we think! muwwhhaaa

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Re: LED build progress

Postby Uriel on Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:00 pm

That's sweet! How many LED's would I need for my 20g Long tank?
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Re: LED build progress

Postby gammer_100 on Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:11 pm

you could easily with the 36 3w bridgelux. Total build could be less than $175
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Re: LED build progress (updated tank pics)

Postby gammer_100 on Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:40 pm

The lights have been up for almost 2 months.. and I love it!!!!!! Rather LOVE IT!!!!!! haha... Here are some pics for you reef junkies! =D>

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Re: LED build progress

Postby gammer_100 on Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:41 pm

Side shot!!........
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**cough** still have those larger toadstool frags if anyones interested... [-o<
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Re: LED build progress

Postby beansandmia on Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:56 pm

looks real good. love the build on wrs. tank lay out looks nice also. some big softies. we went with 2 fixtures from john from fox valley reef for each of our 125s. hoping they will light it up as nice as yours does. did 2:1 ratio for 20k dimmable with 6 uvs in each. now we can compare lol.
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