Aquastyle 24 dimmable LED kit

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  1. tturbolife1

    tturbolife1 Flamingo Tongue

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    I did some research and bought the DIY 24 led dimmable kit from Aquarium 24 LEDs Dimmable DIY LED kit with optics
    I love the kit it was fun to build and i retrofited it into my 12g nano. It came with alot of stuff. LEDs are super bright! double what my stock nanocube lighting was. I do suggest this kit to everyone looking for a cheap kit.I read the reviews but needed to know for myself.
    The only thing i was unhappy about was,
    I tried to wire them parallel because i do alot of custom led work on cars and i have always found that it works best. Well i guess for these ballasts or "led drivers" parallel didnt work. So i wired them in series, it worked out BUT i had to change the potentiometer variable resistor (dimmer) the middle tab where you are supposed to connect the wire from the driver was loose and would create a strobe light effect. i went to radioshack and bought two 25-ohm rheostat variable resistors. They not only fixed the problem but they are alot smoother then the ones that come in the kit. Has anyone else had a problem similar to this ?
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    Wow 24 in a 12G must be bright. I have 54 in a 57G and I think its bright. Careful not to burn your corals! I did not order drivers from them, so I cannot comment on that, sorry. You are using 25-ohm pots to control the drivers or do you have them wired in series with the LEDs?
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    Yes 25 ohm variable resistors.The drivers had wires just for that purpose, even though i would have wired it in series. Heres a pic of it in my nanocube hood i used stock fans and get warm not HOT

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    Can you get a picture with the lights on over the tank? The price is very reasonable on these kits.
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    I will do before with stock lights and then after= leds
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    notice the knobs on the top of my nano are the dimmers, one is blue and the other is white.
    also the stock lighting what taken in the day time a few months back, LED video was taken at night 10 min ago lol If anyone has any questions please feel free to ask
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    Looking really good man. Ill have to look more into these kits. I was going to go with 3 watt crees but the difference in price is worthy of researching. Also, Im not a big fan of DSMs but your eclipse sounds pretty freakin nice.
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    haha thank you, that dsm has been my long time project car.
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    cree 3w LEDs vs Bridgelux 3w LEDs iv read so many posts on this topic. For the money personally i would go with bridgelux.(people may debate) I have worked with bridgelux before and i like the results they have given me(they do burn easily). Most LEDs are made in the same place.Iv found out first hand that the $2 SMD LED strips are brighter then some $20 LED strips. Iv installed MANY LEDs in cars and i know that if i took about four $2 SMD strips and installed them in my 12gNC it would be brighter then my stock NC lighting.BUT its not going to grow squat.