Ok ,I've started buying some parts online to make my own led
lighting. I'm not an engineer master fabricator, or even really handy.
Ive decided to use 3 10w LEDs because they seem to provide the best bang for the buck. (so far cost is going to be around $25 per 10w of led
, so $75 total)
I have one of the emitters already and thought I had a driver as well, but bought the wrong type of driver. I read the description of the driver as a 10 driver, but didn't read that it powers 4-12 individual 1w emitters.
It was only about $8 so not too bad of a mistake and may be able to use it down the road.
Here is a rough mock up of what I'm trying to do.
I got a good deal on a driver for three 10w emitters. Hopefully the right one this time.
I also bought 2 more emitters that are just like the emitter in the pic ( notice that it has 9 diodes ) except they will have 2 rows of actinic blue with one row of 15k white.
This is the 10w 20k white led
that I have.
This is the driver, that isn't right. It works it just causes the emitter to flash like a strobe light.
I also have a lens that I may use, but I'm not sure. I only have one lens . I don't know if I will need optics or not, it may complicate things and drive up costs, or it may make it a great DIY fixture. So I don't know about the lens just yet.
Here's a pic of the lens:
I also have a bunch of computer heatsinks so I'm going to try to use them for cooling.