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    Default Diy cree led lighting

    Looking at making a diy led light using cree leds.
    Made one like 7 years ago but everything's changed in that amount of time
    Has anyone made one recently?

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    Most people use LDD drivers and stormfish type of controllers. What size tank? The heatsink can also be costly.

    https://www.rapidled.com/

    http://www.aquastyleonline.com/categ...able-LED-Kits/

    https://www.ledsupply.com/diy-led-reef-tank-light

    I've never attempted one of these because I can't be bothered with active cooling. The heatsink choices are mostly very bulky etc... The electronics can be fairly straightforward tho if you are not too worried about time investment.

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    Is for a 3 foot planted tank so looking at 6500k led chips

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    If your after simple DIY the new generation of LED strips are impressive, currently at around 190 lumens a watt. I linked the budget 5700k strip but find this pleasing to the eye compared to the cooler Kelvin range.

    You can ask Cutter to custom make for unlimited spectrum if you have the cash, there are boards with three channels for white, red and blue.

    https://www.cutter.com.au/product/ssk-1560-57cr/

    I use a bridgelux 4000k strip to balance the light from 2 standard chihiros style lights.


    I am currently building a light comprising of 3x CBX3590 6500k for a 6x2x2. which should be plenty, for reference this Pogostemon is grown on just 1 CBX3590 at only 40 watts..

    PS sorry for the monster photos not sure on resizing aaaaand for the mess of all tanks currently moving so haven't had the time to maintain.









    Last edited by danie1; 12-04-19 at 02:25 PM.

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    Danie1, that's great info.

    Any ideas on aesthetically pleasing heatsinks?

    Also this one by CREE looks to be very interesting!
    https://www.cutter.com.au/product/mc...000-00a5aaaa1/

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