Diy led info needed

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  1. nanomania

    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    Hey guys, i wad plannin on a diy led build using 1w leds. Well i saw online and 1w leds come with 300ma and 350ma both... the drivers for 1w are all 300ma... im confused... would the 300ma work for 350ma? What is the difference between the 2??
     
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  3. fishnoob101

    fishnoob101 Astrea Snail

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    Here brother this place will save you a ton of Cash,
    http://www.alibaba.com/showroom/cree-led.html

    I personally like the 2 Watt LED's as I found that if your going to do Hard corals often times the 1 watt units are not strong enough,
    And 3 watt units are too much and burn stuff.

    But Two watt units are perfect. I talked to one of the sellers online and I got 3 led 2 watt units Using Cree LED most all of them I ordered were White Units and Blue units each 3 led 2 watt units had its own driver or Ballast at their base and were of a twist lock configuration.
    Then simpley mounted them each and daisy changed electrical cord from one to the other the Ballasts are 120 Volt them stuck a plug on the end then into a 5 dollar these worked great :)

    Addendum I had him make me an additional ten units using the same 3 LED 2 watt, but these had One Red, One Green, and One Yellow Led in each unit, this Completed the Healthy Light Spectra :)
     
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  4. mdbostwick

    mdbostwick Vlamingii Tang

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    the 300ma driver will drive any diode 300ma or higher, it will just run it at 300ma. Is this what you are asking?
     
  5. nanomania

    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    Yes bro... so 350ma led can be run on 300ma driver... so intensity/brightness will decrease??
     
  6. nanomania

    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    Well its gona be a shallow softie reef
     
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    Yes the intensity will decrease to about 85% of the maximum intensity at 100% on a dimmer
     
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  9. nanomania

    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    So i doubt 15% will make any diff.
     
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    They will actually last longer if you don't run them at 100%:)
     
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