reeftankguy

CADLIGHTS 12G

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My newest project...

 

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A CADLIGHTS 12G :D

 

Proposed Mods...

 

20 Cree's... 10cw's and 10rb's (50/50)

4 Pucks (adjustable)

1 Big Dell Fan (thermostat controled)

 

All placed inside a Aluminum Pendant I started last night... The black cage will hold the pucks...

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This is the pendant with the heat sink... Notice it ports out the side vents...

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More to come after it progresses...

 

Jon...

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Interesting. Very industrial.

 

What can I say evil... except...... That I get the materials free from work... :P

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What can I say evil... except...... That I get the materials free from work... :P

Never would have guessed that, lol. Interesting indeed.

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looks like it can take a bullet :) or 2

 

cant wait to see how those LEDs light up the tank

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Finally got everything moved over to the CAD 12g... No Cycle and everything is doing great a week after...

 

Still working on the LED pendant though...

 

FTS

 

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Well I finally finished my LED build! Below is a list of parts and pic's and a FTS with the LEDS on...

 

Parts and tools Assembly List

• Custom Aluminum Pendant (Assembled with Rivets and Screws (Aluminum)) FREE

• Heat sink (Custom fabricated by my company machine shop) FREE

• 10 - CW Cree XR-E Q5 Stars $107.04

• 10 - RB Cree XR-E Stars $89.88

• 4 - 3023-D-E-1000P Wired BuckPucks, 1000mA with Potentiometer $79.96

• 1 - Tube Arctic Silver Thermal Compound $6.99

• 1 - Drill Press (Used one from work)

• 1 - 18-8 SS Round Head Phillips Machine Screw 4-40 Thread, 3/8” Length (100 pack) $3.75

• 1 – Nylon 6/6 General Purpose Flat Washers (100 pack) $2.48

• 1- Tap and Drill Set $22.61

• POTRANS 24VDC , 12.5A, Fan Cooled Power Supply $24.95

• 22 Gage wire - 3pack Red,Black,Green 25ft each , Radio Shack - $7.85

• 2 Power supply cords - Free from work

• Wire Nuts, 50ct, TrueValue - $4.00

• Solder and soldering gun – Already owned

• Assembly Labor – Priceless!

 

TOTAL COST = 386.79+

 

The LEDS and Pucks and PSU...

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The Misc. Parts

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Template on HS to punch for Drilling

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HS Drilled and Tapped

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ALL LEDS Mounted in 50/50 Patern

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LEDS all Soldered up!

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TEST BURN!

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FINISHED!

 

FTS's...

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This is Great! Looks alot Brighter and Better in Person!!!

Very happy with this Build and the light output! Highly recomend this DYI project to all!

 

 

UPDATE 6/30/2009

Well I have decided to Build a different Enclosure... The Current one is just to much Bling, Bling! Plus it looks bulky... Just recieved my .25" Plexiglass and am going to build this one...

 

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Well Here is the Finished product...

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Bottom shot...

 

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FTS with room lights on and LED's on Max power...

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FTS with room lights off and LED's set to Half Power...

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FTS...

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FTS...

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Nice. Now get it added to the LED project list

 

Thanks Evil...

 

Hmmmm.... Thought I did.... Or did I do it in the wrong one :o

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Thanks Evil...

 

Hmmmm.... Thought I did.... Or did I do it in the wrong one :o

 

No, you did. I just caught it after I saw this.

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For others to see, how much did the build cost ya?

 

Thanks Yamato, guess I forgot to do that... I went ahead and added it to the Parts list in the OP...

 

But total cost was $386.79

 

Jon...

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Jon, Im so doing that, the leds look awesome, and really changed the view of stock lightning...

congratzz.. best DIY ive seen so far.. =)!!

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All these people with DIY LED set ups are really making me want to make one. Your looks really nice, I like that style too, manly.

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Jon, Im so doing that, the leds look awesome, and really changed the view of stock lightning...

congratzz.. best DIY ive seen so far.. =)!!

 

Hey Nappy... You need to think about doing yours! Thanks for the Complement!

 

All these people with DIY LED set ups are really making me want to make one. Your looks really nice, I like that style too, manly.

 

Thanks Jacob...

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me likey.....sometimes i miss my cadlights 12 :( but i don't miss the heat the MH fixture i had over it put off LOL

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me likey.....sometimes i miss my cadlights 12 :( but i don't miss the heat the MH fixture i had over it put off LOL

 

how many watts was your mh? i am getting a cadlights 12 and will be getting it with a 150watt mh most likely. i know im going to have to get a fan at the very least to keep the heat down, but evaporation worries me too.

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it was the coralife clip-on (like the jbj)....think it was 150w?

 

i made a clear plexi cover drilled w/ a bunch of hole & those stick-on rubber feet at the tank perimeter to elevate it slightly off the tank to keep fish in & also had a 6" desktop clip-on fan to keep temps down.....lost about 1/2g a day in evap

 

clickable thumbs:

 

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hi again, just wanted to ask ya a couple of questions...

 

Is there much much difference from the stock lightning?

What other benefits have you seen from the leds? heat-evaporation-wise...

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