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Old 12-09-2011, 12:19 PM   #11
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Anything bout these reef bright leds?? Anyone?? Verry interested in hearing reviews before the holidays so i can better invest my money in my tanks lighting and so when i get some corals i dont starve them of needed light
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:16 PM   #12
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i don't know about the reef brites, but i certainly would not want any LED unit i could not dim and tweak to my liking by adjusting white and blue for the perfect look. from what i understand, these are simply on/off.
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:22 PM   #13
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They are the exact same thing as the marineland reef LEDs. You would need 4-5 of them. I'd get 2 4 bulb fixtures in stead though.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:05 AM   #14
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i don't know about the reef brites, but i certainly would not want any LED unit i could not dim and tweak to my liking by adjusting white and blue for the perfect look. from what i understand, these are simply on/off.
Ah yes i see your point about wanting to have that ability to chang the led appearance to be to your own liking being as what i like and think looks great you might want more brighter or slightly dimmer or with more fluorescent color "pop" using blue as accent or what not.... as for them being the same as marine land lights that kinda sucks cuz they cost so much for one and i would need at least 4 and thats major money for me to throw around maybe if i was working or it was not holidays... as far as that goes im going to be making my own led light set up with 12ks and 470 blues and each strip is going to be on its own switch so ill be more able to adjust to my liking hopefully if i mess around with it i might be able to wire up a pot (potentiamtor) or how ever its spelled lol to them as well and it will be a switch and a knob for each strip to allow me to dim them im going to try and house them in my current box so instead of one 2 foot 6k t12 and one t12 blacklight ill have 2 20 inch 12k's and 2 20 inch 470 blues in each of my two light boxes seems bright in my mind but as far as finished product?? Only time will tell and since i just had a kid its gotta wait till after christmas before i can but the wife to start picking parts for this one.....
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:58 AM   #15
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Just so you all know i used to do low voltage electric stuff like cc tvs, access control, nures calls and what not i built an electric guitar in high school so im not seeing a problem hooking up dimmers on the leds that i plan on using so i can dial them in and then set them on timers and never mess with them again. So i wont be doing all the crazy sun rise and sun set features you could get with auto dimmers on timers but ill set it to turn on the blues first and turn the blues off last maybe bout 20-30 mins before and after but wont be all fading in and out on its own
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they will need dimmable drivers.
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Old 12-12-2011, 06:44 PM   #17
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You think why wouldnt i be able to wire in a varible resistor aka a pot and have it work?
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:17 PM   #18
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the driver on most leds without dimmable drivers only support on/off function if the amount of power is reduced the lights will simply turn off from what ive read
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Ah now that makes sense but seems like if thats all then no harm in trying seening as how i actually have a few pots laying around in lower resistance values im not sure what the ohms really are on them but when im ready to do my diy ill list them and if it worked or not and if different resistances worked or not cuz from the site i read if i link more than i think 6 bars of leds they start to dim them selfs and i feel that i "should in theory" be able to wire a pot in if not i just cut it out complete the wireing as normal.
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:30 PM   #20
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I just looked at the leds im planning on using for my diy lighting and it says they are dimmable and looking at the "drivers" and wireing diagram it appears to just be a pot wired in line so you flip the switch and adjust the pot its just in a nice case with a knob hooked up some have remotes and what not i will just try and wire one in when i do my diy ill be sure to take lots of pics and explain every step in as much detail as possible iv already started putting cash aside for the project like iv stated before i should be able to do this for around 200 not including s&h or the power supplies for the leds... the 200 will just be for 8 20inch led strips 412k's and 4 blue
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