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    Looking for quality DIY LED

    Hi all. I am researching my next build Thinking 180 reef mostly SPS. Looking for quality DIY LED kits. Any recommendations?

    http://shop.stevesleds.com/SPS-Grade...8794102421.htm

    An example. What are everyone else's thoughts or suggestions?


    Tom

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    I can only recommend one brand. Radions.

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    I had good luck with Rapid LED. They have some very DIY resources if you're up to the challenge. I built some DIY strips to supplement my MH on the display at the time. Check out their web sit some time.

    I used 5 of their (Rapid LED) PAR38 bulbs over my 24" x 24" frag tank when I had it set up and they grew SPS like crazy. But, that was a shallow tank at 6" deep. That's a big difference when compared to a normal depth tank.

    If I had more time, I would seriously consider building fixtures using their electronics for my current tank in progress. But, that's very labor intensive for a large tank.

    I'll likely be going with either Radion Pro's or kessil's new fixture with numerous T5-HO to boost PAR and get a more even spread.


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    I have used rapidled in the past, and still using the same led light since 2010...

    Here is the thread i created a long long time ago....


    and here it is in my website...


    The price have gone down dramatically... Even the ready made ones have gone down too...

    Also check the "MakersLed" specially the cheap (price) drivers they are using.

    Hope this helps...

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    Katchupoy, I have just finished perusing your website LED build. Absolutely Awesome! Just what I was looking for and you were very careful to note anything of importance! 2 thumbs up! BM'd!!!

    Thank you very much!

    Tom

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    Tom,

    The price of that projects was based on old parts and what not. One major change I will do is to change the meanwell drivers to drastically lower the price. Example: The original meanwell driver I used cost $35.00 and the newer LDD-1000H is just $7.00. Amazing!!!



    And right now I have been using 4 of these new drivers on another light setup... and it works.... The only issue is, the dimming on these new drivers are inverted compared to the old drivers.... it means that when you give it 5 volts to the signal, the driver is OFF, and when you remove 5 volts to the signal, the driver is ON. Other than that issue which can be fixed easily, everything works like the old driver. Plus the smaller footprint.

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    Did you have any issues with heat on the heatsink/bar? I heard keeping the LED's cool is critical to longevity?

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    If im going to do it again... im NOT going to use very long 4' alum square tube.... I will probably cut it into 20"... so instead of having 3x4' tubes... i will have 6x20" tubes, 3 on each side of the tank... I have a 75G so i have a divider/brace in the middle.

    the idea is for the heat to escape faster on a shorter tube.... the only way it escapes is on both ends of the tube.

    having said that, the 4 footers are not really that bad.... it is warm to the touch (around 100F-110F) but not hot to a point that you cannot touch it. And nothing LED cannot handle. They are designed to handle more heat than that.

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    Cesar, just for fun, I found this and am going to use it instead of square tube. SUPER cheap!
    http://www.heatsinkusa.com/1-000-wid...inum-heatsink/
    Check it out.

    Tom

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    Yes yes definitely. That can do 4' no problem

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    I'm going to do 6 foot. My tank will be 72"L x 30"w x 26"H. I will need more but you've pointed the way. You've been very helpful. Thx again.



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    That was going to be my suggestion. I've used that site for my builds. Good find.


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    That is really not a bad price... Now im itching to redo my 4 year old light rig... How about the delivery? are they ok? or have to wait more than a week?
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    Everything arrived in good condition for me. I don't remember the exact delivery schedule, but I'm guessing it was a few weeks. The only people I know that can ship under a week is an Amazon type company (because they have distro centers located in major metro areas.)

    I would defiantly plan on ordering materials in advance.


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    Cesar, I don't know.

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