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 DIY Cheap High Power LED aquarium lighting

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Madmax0r
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PostSubject: DIY Cheap High Power LED aquarium lighting   5/5/2011, 7:12 pm

Howdy everyone,


I have discovered something that might be of interest to the community today. I was making a trip to the Home Depot today and ran across these light fixtures:






They seem to be fairly well constructed and they are only $39 dollars. Another good feature is they can be interconnected end to end to span any length. Each LED is nearly 2 watts so you could get up to some serious light levels with only 2 or 3 units.

I plan to try this myself soon when I have a need for the lighting
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PostSubject: Re: DIY Cheap High Power LED aquarium lighting   5/11/2011, 11:13 am

Do you think the LEDs at Home Depot would hold up to moisture if placed under canopy?
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PostSubject: Re: DIY Cheap High Power LED aquarium lighting   5/11/2011, 11:54 am

good Q^
depends though....would you be keeping then in a canopy?
or over an open top tank?
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PostSubject: Re: DIY Cheap High Power LED aquarium lighting   5/11/2011, 12:00 pm

Well, i have two tanks i would like to try them on. A 125g with canopy, and 180g open top predator tank. Just wondering if they can take the moisture. They don't look much different than the LEDs i put in my nano, and paid way too much for.
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PostSubject: Re: DIY Cheap High Power LED aquarium lighting   5/11/2011, 12:00 pm

With one small strip of LEDs in my nano, my corals have grown like crazy.
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PostSubject: Re: DIY Cheap High Power LED aquarium lighting   5/11/2011, 2:58 pm

what kind of LEDS
and what corlz do you all have in that their pico?
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PostSubject: Re: DIY Cheap High Power LED aquarium lighting   5/11/2011, 4:40 pm

You know, very seldom have I had a light fixture of any kind fail because of moister. even if it gets splashed sometimes (by a big pacu...)

If you want my opinion Ill bet it lasts longer than you care about... and they are super cheap. I dunno Im gonna get some of these pretty soon just for the heat issue alone
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PostSubject: Re: DIY Cheap High Power LED aquarium lighting   5/11/2011, 4:43 pm

they are defiantly better sealed up than a florescent light fixture and I have had some of my fixtures for 15 years
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PostSubject: Re: DIY Cheap High Power LED aquarium lighting   5/11/2011, 4:44 pm

Good point, believe i will try them too. Why not.
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PostSubject: Re: DIY Cheap High Power LED aquarium lighting   5/11/2011, 5:15 pm

I just love how you can buy a few, and if you want to add more, just buy some more and chain them together and aim them at your corals or whatever you want... if your broke, buy some now and buy some later... It seems pretty awesome to me
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PostSubject: Re: DIY Cheap High Power LED aquarium lighting   5/12/2011, 8:27 am

2 watt LED's are nothing more than night lights you need atleast 3 watt also
what is the par? par is much more important to growth then wattage.
I have LED strips over both the 180 and 40, each strip is almost the equivalent to 2x10k T5 bulbs, my LED's have no problem reaching the depth of the tanks.

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PostSubject: Re: DIY Cheap High Power LED aquarium lighting   5/12/2011, 8:32 am

What should the par be for a 2ft. deep tank?
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