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Old 08-05-2010, 11:20 PM   #1
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Question Anyone Have LED Tank Lights??

Hi everyone I am intrested in getting LED light's for my tank dose anyone use these in there tanks?? If so let me know what you think and if you like them or not.

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Old 08-05-2010, 11:24 PM   #2
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Jimbo made some recently, and I'll have mine done in the next couple weeks. The par levels are supposed to be far superior to mh and others, while the lumens might be around the same, along with power consumption (but maybe half to 3/4 for mh)
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They are great for small tanks but can get expensive in a hurry for larger set ups. Tanks that are not shallow will need optics to get the light to penetrate into the bottom of the tank. They do have a lot of advantages though and if i had the money i would upgrade to LEDs in a heart beat.
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LEDs are definitely cool. I have a blue one from Hagen's Marineland line. I set it up a few inches above my 20g high and angeled it down for a really cool moon beam effect.
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building my led will cost me about the same as a normal setup, but this is for my 10 gallon. I think the scale is almost linear with surface area, maybe 12-15 leds per meanwell (what I'm using) 30$ or so, 3-8$ per led, heatsink will probably be around 30-50$,
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Ive got one. Works well. I can dim the blue leds and the whites seperately. 12 leds total, 7.5g rimless tank (12in cube).

Colors are far superior to anything I have seen!

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I have aqua fx and aqua ray leds,the fx simulates sunrise,morning,day,evening,dusk and then moonlight,they have loads of settings like ocean,rainbow,night,red,blue,yellow,green,purple,w hite,thousands of colours.great piece of kit.
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Old 08-06-2010, 10:42 AM   #8
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id like to see the steps because I am looking at LED's for my old man's 210
he has a 5' T5ho 80x8 set up and the room it is in even with an ac duct plus two fans and a exhaust fan the room stays around 90 degrees.
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I just finished mine a couple weeks ago. Can't say enough about them. The build thread is in my sig.
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building my led will cost me about the same as a normal setup, but this is for my 10 gallon. I think the scale is almost linear with surface area, maybe 12-15 leds per meanwell (what I'm using) 30$ or so, 3-8$ per led, heatsink will probably be around 30-50$,
It gets a little more expensive when you are talking bigger tanks. Larger tanks need optics which add some expense to each LED. Dependind on how narrow of optics you get you may need to space the LEDs closer together to help avoid streaking. Also for wider tanks the heatsink has to be wider to compensate and i've heard the wider heatsinks are less standard and consiquently more expensive. I do however think that for the price of a good DIY LED set up it is probably not all that much more expensive then the fixture you would have to buy to get the equivalent amount of light.
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