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    First DIY LED Actinic Build!!

    Just started work on my first LED build today.Lets see if learn on the fly works for soldering haha-and electronics in general-. The build consist of 12- 3 watt Royal Blue Cree leds on a 36 inch heat-sink with dimable driver with 6 80 degree optics. Tomorrow ill post pics of day one progress. Hope to have this thing up and running tomorrow.....

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    do you plan to add any cool whites?

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    No whites planned for this build, I want to run for actinic supplement for my MH. Im trying to build fixture to accommodate future upgrade in take size... its coming along nicely, i have to hit the hardware store today and pick up a couple loose ends and then i should be able to complete assembly and fire it up. hope this fixture works..

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    Is the heatsink a 36" x 1", sounds good. In my opinion the optics are not necessary for actinic supplementation. Because you are getting the majority of your par from your MH. This will allow for better spread of your LED's.
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    Very cool, looking forward to the pics of your project. So much more satisfying to design/build your own, is this one of Rapid's kits ???

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    ITs Done!!!! it is a rapid led kit but i ordered a longer heat-sink just to spread them out. i ordered the optics just because i didn't know what the spread would be....seeing the fixture on i don't believe i will add them to the led's. next step is mounting to my tank! I would like to pass on a good word to mike at rapid, he was a huge help with newbie questions and really did go the extra mile to help. i did however have a scare when i went to test the light. setting the power delivered from the driver i had a scare when the lights didn't turn on and had no volts on the meter..........i had 2 wires backwards and luckily caused no damage to light! pictures are currently being uploaded and will be in my next post, I am so stoked!

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    Let there be light!!!


    spacing the leds on the heatsink for best look

    getting the leds ready to glue to heat sink

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    getting the wires prepped for leds


    boo ya

    dimmer prepped!

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    testing driver output



    dimming dial

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    250+LED


    LED only

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    Looks good. Really like the pictures
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    thanks! i am very happy with how it turned out, although i will say i think it is a bit over powered haha

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    that just means you can add more leds later right how much you got into that puppy

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    haha ya the puppy came with the led kit... jk he is my 6 m/o black lap pup!

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