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Old 01-26-2014, 09:50 AM   #1
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Is there a way to mod my Chinese LEDs?

Can I remove dimmer control and hard wire them to reef keeper so they will ramp up & down?
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Old 01-26-2014, 03:27 PM   #2
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I ordered a Chinese led from Amazon from Oceanrevive then found the Current Orbit led. I have 2 of the 36"-48" on my 65 gallon, which I'm thrilled with. I'm certainly no electrician, but it's probably safer to get different lights instead of trying to rig them. Just don't want y'all to get hurt.
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Old 01-26-2014, 04:26 PM   #3
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Just hoping to automate the light so I don't have full power on then off.
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:53 PM   #4
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you cannot mod them to automatic controll that allows the light to dim automatically to give lunar effect.
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:16 PM   #5
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Oh well, thank you for your info. I had high hopes though.
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Old 01-28-2014, 12:36 AM   #6
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you cannot mod them to automatic controll that allows the light to dim automatically to give lunar effect.
not sure where you are getting this info but its not correct.
to the OP, you would have to ensure your driver in the led fixture is running the same dimming signal as the reef keeper. (ive only done the research for Apex units) for instance, with the Apex, the VDM module runs on a 0-10v signal. as long as the driver in the fixture runs on the same 0-10v signal, you can mod them. at what cost? I couldn't tell you, but its possible. I know that when I priced it on the tao fixtures I wanted to mod, it was going to cost me just over $100, and that's just to replace the drivers with the correct ones (from rapidled.com) and the misc parts. oh not to mention another $100 for the VDM module for the apex
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obviously this may not be an EXACT layout of how yours would be, but heres a rough idea of the layout youd be looking at.

http://www.ecoxotic.com/community/wp...ium-Lights.pdf
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We'll, you've sparked my interest ! As long as it could be cost effective. Another hundred bucks on the Chinese LEDs would still be under 400$. Hmmm!
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Old 01-29-2014, 01:34 AM   #9
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the Meanwell drivers that I priced were roughly $32-$35 a piece I believe. keep in mind though that these led units don't use the latest, high-quality leds. that being said, id take it easy on the dimming profiles you run or you might start burning up the leds
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wait, I completely forgot, theres 2 drivers in EACH fixture, (one for blues, one for whites) so youd actually need 2 drivers for each unit, only ay around that would be if you replaced the whites driver and gave the controller access to them... therefore you could ramp up and down the whites, but have the blues set on a timer.
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