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    Quote Originally Posted by tat2z_21 View Post
    I agree with you 100 percent. I believe that even though Cree is the Ferrari of LED's, I find that other Manufacturer's meet the requirements and will work just fine. I was only mentioning that the drivers were not 100 percent dependable. Right now I am using 56 Phillips Luxeon 3w and 3x 100w multi chip EPILEDS on my tank andit doesexactly what I need it to do.
    My intentions are to swap out the drivers whenever I have the chance for a better set.
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    This is a very helpful (and compelling) post for DIY LED. Where does one start with DIY instructions? How did you DIY'ers learn about the design, right materials, and assembly? Forgive if I am overlooking another page here at RF that might exist on subject. Thanks in advance.

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    Look to one of our sponsors Reefled lights.

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    for me it's simple aesthetics...
    if im going to spend a crap ton of money on a reef system,
    then i want a LED fixture that doesnt look like it was made in my garage,
    and except for a handfull of DIY builds, they mostly look like home made crap.
    And with the advent of replaceable LEDs and drivers in alot of the nicer manufactured fixtures,
    I would rather enjoy the sleek look of an attractive light fixture.
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    Valid point Skimmy, but most tanks have hoods and the light build hides pretty easy inside it. I wouldnt mind looking at manufactures models if they werent 5 times the cost of diy and then alot of them just dont do the job, so its a bit of design flaw and then crazy prices that turned me away for years now.

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    I had done a DIY for my 75g and that worked really well, now that I am upgrading to a 600g tank, I dont want to tap that many holes, or run that many little wires. There comes a time when I have to ask myself how much is my time worth and spending a few weeks playing with leds, and getting cramps in my fingers isnt worth it.

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    by the time if you see a used post for led, would you buy the DYI ones? I would buy the mass produced one over the homemade kind.
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