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Old 05-15-2013, 07:43 PM   #1
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Upgrading to leds

Hi all I'm looking to upgrade my 29 biocube to LEDs. I'm am going to build it myself. Below are the LEDs I have selected.

7 XT-E royal blue
3 XP-E blue
7 XP-G cool white
3 XP-G neutral white

All are Cree LEDs the whites are 5w and the colors are 3w. Colors and whites will be on separate drivers for blending.

I plan on using aluminum u Channel as a heat sink and mount the drivers outside of the hood to keep the heat out. I am not going to use any reflectors or secondary lenses.

Any light experts see anything wrong with my plans. Is this enough light? Too much light?

I want to be able to keep anything and everything (corals/nems) and not have to worry about my lighting.

Thanks for reading/replying.
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:01 PM   #2
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As long as you run it through a dimmer that sounds awesome to me! You should post your progress, so many people are wanting to do this but don't know how
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:33 PM   #3
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Yes, the plan is to run both drivers independently and have them on dimmers. It should be a fun mod.

I'll post pics as a progress.
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Following. LEDs are awesome I just got some myself and love them.
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But back to my original question. With that setup would I be able to keep any coral or nem I wanted?

If not please explain so I can spec out the LEDs differently.
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I am not a lighting expert but I do believe your lights will be more than enough to grow anything. Perhaps even too much which is why I asked about the dimmer. From what I have learned the general rule of thumb is that each LED diode is 3w each so sounds like your good. I am sure there will be someone with more knowledge out there to confirm
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Cool just wanted to make sure. I have done a lot of research but have not found a definitive answer. Always good to ask people with more knowledge than me.

Now to go pop the hood and get dimensions.
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How much has/ will this cost?
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A little under 200.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:17 PM   #10
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I am not sure if that U channel with be sufficient. You might wanna check out the cost of an actual heat sink instead.
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