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Old 02-05-2012, 12:24 AM   #71
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So I finished wiring up and testing the LEDs. Guess what.... 3w LEDs are a lot brighter than 1w LEDs. Holy cow!

I will post pics tomorrow and do a step by step.

Pretty cool!!
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sweet cant wait to read your step by step.
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I will post the pics and write up this evening.

All in all this was a pretty easy build. Some basic wiring skills are needed and knowledge of soldering.

Some of the things that I found to make this job smoother:

1. Have a clear plan of how you want to arrange the LEDs and how they need to be wired.

2. Make a template so you have the spacing correct.

3. Adhere the LEDs to the heatsink and allow adhesive to dry.

4. Cut and strip all wire before starting to solder.

5. Pre-tin each end of wire as well as the + - terminals on the LEDs.
a) Pre-tin means to heat the exposed wire with your soldering iron and apply
solder to it. I did this to every wire and each terminal on the LEDs that I
intended to use to make connections


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Did u use a flux pen?
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I did not use flux at all
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So here are some pics of the LEDs coming together:


As I mentioned in an earlier post, having a template helps when laying out your LEDs


Here the White LEDs are laid out on the Heatsink. The same pattern is repeated on the other end.




Here you can see that I have soldered one LED to the other. Remember that when wiring LEDs they have to be wired in series. + to -



Here I have pre-cut all the wire to fit between LEDs. Again remember they are wired + to - throughout the strink.



Here the Whites are fully wired and working



When attaching the LEDs to the heatsink you use thermal adhesive. Arctic Weld is typically a 2 part epoxy. Equal parts of 'A' and 'B' mixed together will adhere the LEDs to the heatsink. This is a permanent bond and the adhesive sets up quickly so mix only a small amount and work quickly. I put a tiny bit on the back of each LED and pressed them to the heatsink.

The same process was repeated for the blue LEDs. My drivers came with wiring instructions and were a breeze to hook up.

I will be selling the Drivers and Dimming controller. The RKE I ordered will run the LEDs. I have the lumber in the garage of the canopy. I still need to pick up the lumber for the stand.

Please let me know if you have any questions and I will answer them as best I can.
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What is the total wattage and about how much did it end up costing?
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What is the total wattage and about how much did it end up costing?
Total wattage is about 100w. I have about $300 in the lighting with controllers and all the supplies.
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thats it? thats all there is too it? a driver for the blue and a driver for the whites?

100W led= ??? metal halide?
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Total system draw is about 100w.

The LEDS are 3w each so 84w of LEDs

If I had to guess I would say that this is equal to or greater than a 250w MH Maybe even at 400w level. I don't know really. I would love a PAR meter ro measure what I am getting in the tank.

Maybe I will pick one up...
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