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Old 08-28-2011, 06:24 PM   #1
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DIY LED reefledlights.com into 24g JBJ Nano cube

So i ordered my kit from reefLEDlights.com and wanted to post up my build on here.
I ordered the 24 XP-E kit with the addition of a 6 led High Noon kit, and 3 led moonlight kit. And also one red led for color. Totaling 34 LEDs

so yea, i hope its a decent build, this is my first one....

**this is a build thread i have on another forum, i started this back in july. so im just copy and pasting all this up at once, obviously this didnt take place in one night.***



Let's get started



Workin on getting the lights where I want them...


PRETINNING
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ML= moonlight
HN =high noon
And then blue and white of course
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Old 08-28-2011, 06:25 PM   #2
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I have the blues attached to the heatsink.



Some more progress. I'm soldering the blue strand together now.

It's getting hot in here
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Old 08-28-2011, 06:26 PM   #3
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I wanted to test the LEDs. So I tested the first 4 and didn't think about it but I plugged in the driver first. Then touched the wires together and that cause me to blow 4 LEDs... I just wasn't thinking... But you live and you learn... So
If
You do this..... CONNECT ALL WIRES BEFORE PLUGGING THE DRIVER INTO A POWER SOURCE!!!!!!

So I lit 5 of them up and all I can say is these things are BRIGHT!!!



This is only 5 LEDs!

It makes me


Alright.. Back to work
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Old 08-28-2011, 06:27 PM   #4
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I anyone goes with a diy kit, I HIGHLY suggest using the solderless conections. Unless
Your an absolute expert at soldering... I had one lose connection (out of 68 connections (2 per led)) and it caused me to lose 3 more LEDs. So now I have to replace 7 LEDs. It would have been such a simple build if I spent the extra couple bux for solderless connectors...
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Old 08-28-2011, 06:28 PM   #5
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Alright...So I ordered 7 new LEDs.
Also, I picked up a project box to put all the drivers in. And also to house the potentiometers.


I'm gonna attach the drivers with Velcro so that if I ever need to remove or replace them, it will be easier than If I were to use screws. Plus since I have 4 drivers, I have to arrange them on their sides to get them to all fit.


The potentiometers should be like this once I drill the project box.

Once I get all that wired together, I'll drill one hole to run the wires to the light fixture, and one for the power cords. And when I arranged the drivers, I left enough room so that I can add a cooling fan, I'm not sure if/how hot the drivers can get, but I'm going to assume, as with most electronics, that after an extended time of running, they will get hot. So I'm going to install a fan and drill or cut some holes in the box and try to get a good air flow in between each driver. I'll get it figured out.

This project is taking me a long time, but I'm TRYING not to mess anything up since its my first time. Losing 7 LEDs was bad enough. I wanna make sure I know what to do for the 100g build so I can get it right on the first attempt.
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Drilled the holes for the potentiometers
And yes... The hole on the far left is a little low... Oops.
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I'm soo close to being done.
I drilled the holes for the power cords and for the wires that go from the drivers to the heatsink.


You can see the bigger hole for the power cords, and obviously the power cords with the braided wire sleeve that came in today. It's a pretty clean look if I do say so myself. But once I get a reef keeper, I will be able to run all 4 drivers off one single power cord, I just have 4 separate cords right now because I will have each one on an individual timer for the sunrise/sunset and moon light cycle.


I was able to run power to all drivers. I tested the white and blue today cus I wanted to mess with the dimming
When dimmed as low as it can go, I believe the potentiometers only take them to 20% power, so when I say 20%... That's as dim as I can make them lol

White and blue both at 100%

White at 100% and blue at 20%

Blue at 100% and white at 20%


And white and blue at 20% ... The camera adjusted so pics wont show a difference between 20 and 100%


And as you can see, I have a single red LED wired with the white for color enhancement. I was curious so I figures I would add it
I'm sooo close to being done.I did hold it over the tank tonight just to get a little tease of what it's gonna look like.... I'm beyond amazed... I can't wait until I get the colors tweaked perfectly. It's gonna look amazing.. And the shimmer is awesome. I've never had the shimmer effect, that's exciting.
Anyways. Yea. I'm almost done with this project. It's about time too... It's been 2 months since I first ordered this kit..... But I'm looking forward to building another one for my 100 gallon... That should be a piece of cake since I'll go with solderless. As long as I get everything I'm supposed to at once. It should only take me a couple days to get finished.
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I have the box wired up. Everything is ready to attatch to the hood.


This is the end that will attach to the fixture. I haven't done anything yet cus it will have to fit in the hold on the hood. But it's all labeled and ready to be connected

Next step is to actually put it in the hood

YAY!!!!
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The goal:
Fit this

Into this
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Spillin the guys all over the table

All cleaned out. If anyone needs any parts, lmk lol


So I just set everything inside just to see how it would fit....
The heatsink couldn't fit more perfect. ANY bigger and it wouldn't work with the stock splash guard. I can't even tell you how close this was.

Now to try to
Figure out how this thing is actually going to attach to the hood.... Brackets maybe?
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