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malibukay

ok so ive decided to go with DIY LEDs and give a shot at doing so. ive never done any DIY before, but have faith in myself this time, hopefully it turns out great!

 

ordered all the items today, now i cant wait!

 

thanks evil and everyone else with all the help involving LEDs!

 

i decided to go with 3 XR-E royal blue CREE and 2 Q4 white CREE

 

now how to set them up?

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alfiefive
now how to set them up?

 

Very carefully!

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malibukay
Very carefully!

haha :D

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madfx

What driver did you end up going with for the 5 LED build? Are you planning on mounting them directly to the fixture and letting it act as the heat sink?

Definitely interested in seeing this one progress. I was thinking of the same DIY 5 LED setup. Seemed to come in around the price of a PAR bulb, but with more work required for the added benefit of being dimmable.

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alfiefive
What driver did you end up going with for the 5 LED build? Are you planning on mounting them directly to the fixture and letting it act as the heat sink?

Definitely interested in seeing this one progress. I was thinking of the same DIY 5 LED setup. Seemed to come in around the price of a PAR bulb, but with more work required for the added benefit of being dimmable.

 

I'm skeptical as to whether a DIY LED build is cheaper than picking up four more warrantied strips from Ecoxotic for ~~$100 bucks. What's the price tag going to be? Out of curiosity.

 

You will definitely know exactly what you are getting, which is a huge plus, and you'll potentiall have a more attractive fixture. I guess I'm interested to know the benefits of a DIY LED on this particular tank. I didn't see the need, but I miss obvious things all the time and would love to know what your thoughts are :D

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I'm skeptical as to whether a DIY LED build is cheaper than picking up four more warrantied strips from Ecoxotic for ~~$100 bucks. What's the price tag going to be? Out of curiosity.

 

You will definitely know exactly what you are getting, which is a huge plus and have a more attractive fixture. I guess I'm interested to know the benefits of a DIY LED on this particular tank. I didn't see the need, but I miss obvious things all the time and would love to know what you're thoughts are :D

 

I agree for the most part, that's why I'm sitting back and letting malibukay be the guinea pig here, haha.

 

I think the 5 strips would do fine in most cases. The added benefit you'd get from a DIY fixture would be the ability to control the color and intensity (whites and blues separate and dimmable) and having optics to focus that light. I know 1w LEDs are capable, but the ones I used had optics installed. You lose a lot without them.

 

When I priced together a basic DIY setup with separate dimming capabilities it came out to roughly ~100.

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alfiefive
I agree for the most part, that's why I'm sitting back and letting malibukay be the guinea pig here, haha.

 

I think the 5 strips would do fine in most cases. The added benefit you'd get from a DIY fixture would be the ability to control the color and intensity (whites and blues separate and dimmable) and having optics to focus that light. I know 1w LEDs are capable, but the ones I used had optics installed. You lose a lot without them.

 

When I priced together a basic DIY setup with separate dimming capabilities it came out to roughly ~100.

 

Agreed 100% on how dimming and separate whites and blues would be amazing. For the way I have set up my tank, my solace is in choosing which strips to run, and when, but without any additional dimming, etc. Thanks for the insight, very helpful!

 

Personally, I want to see the DIY LED setup for this tank and then ask for one to be built for myself :P

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malibukay
Agreed 100% on how dimming and separate whites and blues would be amazing. For the way I have set up my tank, my solace is in choosing which strips to run, and when, but without any additional dimming, etc. Thanks for the insight, very helpful!

 

Personally, I want to see the DIY LED setup for this tank and then ask for one to be built for myself :P

Yeh I figured I could use the strips but wanted something a little more custom and to my liking. I was planning on using the arm to install the LEDs originally but I ended up buying a heatsink, I'm gonna have the heatsink attached to the arm and have an acrylic build around the heatsink to make it nice and neat, I want clean lines. Right now I just purchased a meanwell to drive these due to the fact that I had a budget which wasnt very high lol but I hope if all works out and I like how this turns out I'll upgrade to 2 separate buckpucks to have the option to dim. I'm waking or everything to be delivered! Can't wait to start this!

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malibukay

quick update:

 

so im waiting for cycling to finish =/ but most of all for my LED supplies to arrive so i could start building my light!

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Monochrome5

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaait a minute... You actually started a tank? I call shenanigans.

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malibukay
Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaait a minute... You actually started a tank? I call shenanigans.

I know I thought I had enough haha its just so addicting! I saw how your anemone tank is coming alone, I like it!

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malibukay

got most of my LED supplies today, still waiting on 2 more CREE and my solder iron to be delivered, most likely monday!

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alfiefive
got most of my LED supplies today, still waiting on 2 more CREE and my solder iron to be delivered, most likely monday!

 

Awesome.

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malibukay
:lol:
Awesome.

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Drift Monkey

LEDs FTW! Just don't post any more pics as .tiffs...:lol:

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malibukay

waiting for the last of the LED supplies to come in so i can start the build =/

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Drift Monkey

Don't you just love waiting for equipment...:rolleyes:

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malibukay
Don't you just love waiting for equipment...:rolleyes:

BLAH! haha ;)

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malibukay

received my soldering iron today, still waiting for my 2x CREE white Q4 =/

 

rapidled sent me 2 orders in the times its been taking this guy off ebay to send me 2 LEDs WTF! =/

 

i should have just payed the extra few bucks and bought from RapidLED...

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received my soldering iron today, still waiting for my 2x CREE white Q4 =/

 

rapidled sent me 2 orders in the times its been taking this guy off ebay to send me 2 LEDs WTF! =/

 

i should have just payed the extra few bucks and bought from RapidLED...

 

When you get this project underway you better post PICS!!!!!

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malibukay
When you get this project underway you better post PICS!!!!!

no worries! im deff gonna post pics, yours is coming along nicely! im gonna go snap a shot of the current look right now ;)

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sogreedy23

nice so you're sticking with the LED build? they aren't fs anymore?

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malibukay

heres a few pics of how it looks right now, i havent really had an algae bloom? :huh:

 

nice so you're sticking with the LED build? they aren't fs anymore?

yes i am =) i got motivation from glazer, and i figured once its finished ill have the satisfaction knowing for once i did something DIY :happy:

 

another one...

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.Newman.

that looks like sweetness to me.

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malibukay
that looks like sweetness to me.

thank you =) i just really cant wait to build the LED, unfortunately thats going to have to wait till friday =/ i work nights at a hospital, and i know that the rest of my supplies will be delivered tomorrow while im sleeping during the day haha =/ just my luck... -_-

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