DIY Aquarium Lighting

Hi all so after a lot of research I have decide to build my own led lighting system for my Kent marine bio reef! It means the maximum current you can give to this LED is 1500 mA and when put in a series, after every LED you’d see a drop of 3 Volts in the Voltage. I’ve got a 7 gallon bowfront sitting around that i’ve been contemplating setting up as a nano reef with diy led lighting. A) Open Source Aquarium Controller Project – Hoping that someday will be able to do the same. To achieve a product with uniform quality, leading LED makers sort out their product into several categories, depending on certain characteristics, which they call bins. Price (and efficiency) difference between different LED generations is way higher.

Basically, the controller chooses semi-randomly how cloudy a given day will be and then plans how long clouds will be and how much intensity will be reduced by the cloud. Some people choose to put aquarium gravel over the lights to create a shadowy, filtered-light effect. The most common error during assembly is the proper terminal of the BJB is not in contact with the proper pad on the LED Star. The above led strip outputs 50W/5m, i.e. 1m = 10 W ~ 400 lumens/m ; WPG is an outdated rule, just used it for calculations. That same LED system is a recommended match for the timer/controller my Orbit Marine fixture came with.

For the whole LED fixture as a whole, essentially, the best LED fixtures are NOT aquarium lights in the traditional sense, even the emitters are not a bulb” as many people think. This Mini 500 LED includes four lensed CRee patented-licensed XP-E 10,000K and one unlensed Blue CRee XP-E (the White LEDs can be switched off for moonlight” mode). I think you missed the part where I essentially need a replacement for the LED Timer that I have.

There are meters available in the market just like meters available to measure voltage, current or pH. Nowadays the light manufacturing companies are promoting their products by advertising the PAR values of their lighting products. Or better, I would suggest placing the Maxima Clams on shelves higher up on your live rock” reef. We believe that only the best (most efficient) bins are suitable for making the LED assembly: the price margin will pay off several times throughout the many years of operation. Some manufacturers try to control color warmth by using a Red-Orange (610-620nm) LED.

Each manufacturer assigns certain bin codes to these LEDs, and this bin code is attached to LED model number in order to better characterize the properties of the lot that is offered for sale. However, the initial investment for LED lights might be somewhat higher than other types of lighting. CaptiveReefs is committed to connecting reefkeepers with the support and information they need to grow beautiful coral reef aquariums. So to mimic this ideal condition in our DIY-ed LED unit, we mix some colors with cool white.diy led reef lights

For instance a Maxima Clam that is placed on the bottom of a 24 inch deep tank will likely do best with more Reef Blue emitters (50,000K @ 465-485nm) in the emitter mix, or even supplemental 20,000K Metal Halide. Creating a setup for fluorescent aquarium lights is somewhat easier than metal halide lights. It has been known that some simple LED lighting systems can lead to depression/headaches in humans over long times. Something that I think is a very common shortfall in many DIY LED projects is the long-term effect of warm, humid, and salty air on electronics – it wrecks havoc on them in fairly short order! As newer more efficient LEDs come out we update the Kits with these components.

At this point I think you are more confident about pulling it off than I am. Again, when it comes down to led units that have proprietary designs that allow them to work with the Apex for instance you should consider that the compoments chosen for the design were done so with the intention of giving people the option to do that. I purposely avoided mentioning the CREE’s newest XM-L U2 LED as it deserves it’s own article (coming soon:)) Meanwhile, enjoy your projects and let me know if you have any questions regarding high power LEDs.diy led reef lights

It is evident that, whenever possible, preference should be given to LEDs manufactured by one of world’s leading manufacturers: either Cree or Philips – they provide the best efficiency among commercially available LEDs today. Our Phoenix DIY Kits were engineered with only the best most advanced solderless components. Specimen placement is a major determining factor for which emitters to use (in nanometer/Kelvin output), in fact this is more important than the actual tank depth if for example all the high light requiring specimens are placed at 12 inches or higher in a 30 inch deep tank.

One option is to collect a group of LED crystals in a small space by creating a custom COB (Chips On Board) with many LED crystals closely packed in one case. Note that if we attach such LEDs to a cheap FR-4 PCB with thermal resistance about 60C/W, crystal temperature may reach 252С. The aquarium magazines is read in over 30 countries and a talking point about many reef tank communities.

This brings me to DIY LED fixtures, where I will be brief and point out, this may well be a worth while endeavor (if only for the enjoyment of building your own equipment). We prefer the BJB solderless connector over any other solderless option as at any time you can swap out any individual LED as long as mounted on a 20mm Star. We hope that our practical achievements, the problems we encountered, and our attempts at solving them will prove useful to the reef keeping community. The Cree based lights simply have the same PAR for about half the wattage of the more generic units at a typical 3x-10x price increase.

A buddy on my local forum told me that I ought to put my fixture up on reef central with the title BEST DIY LED fixture ever…” I think he was joking… but I thought to myself: I haven’t been that active on RC lately, why not, it might be fun” and so here we are! We first tried to resolve the problem by designing a compact LED assembly with a very dense population of LEDs, each equipped with individual lenses4. This adds a level of professionalism to your build and has been the ire of numerous Importers and LED Manufacturers. One way to install LED aquarium lighting is to attach one or more sets of lights to an aquarium hood.