LED fixture on glass/acrylic

Discussion in 'LED Aquarium Lighting' started by ClippersTown, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. ClippersTown

    ClippersTown Fire Worm

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    hey guys, so my reef radiance dm-155e should be arriving this week or early next week. They dont have the tank mounts out for these yet, and there's no way i can hang these. I know I can make my own tank mounts, but I really don't have the time for that at this moment. Would putting the LED's on a piece of glass or plexi glass (acrylic) do it? which is better?

    I know light doesn't diffuse as much with acrylic, but I'm worried about the acrylic heating up and bending. What thickness would I get to prevent the acrylic from breaking or bending, while having good light diffusion? here's a link to the lights, just in case you guys wanted specs of size.

    DM-155e - Reef Radiance
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  3. Kevin_E

    Kevin_E Giant Squid

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    A friend of mine has his cresting on glass lids while I build him a canopy.
  4. ClippersTown

    ClippersTown Fire Worm

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    Any chance you can find out how thick it is?
  5. tom.n.day

    tom.n.day Eyelash Blennie

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    Just buy some egg crate and out it on that
  6. sailorguy

    sailorguy Torch Coral

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    I don't think that bending the acrylic from heat will be a problem but you do want enough air circulation so that the leds do not overheat which can shorten their life.
  7. ClippersTown

    ClippersTown Fire Worm

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    What I can do is get a piece of acrylic and 2 small pieces of egg crate. I can use the 2 small piece of egg crate to prop up the fixture (put them in between the fixture and the acrylic) so I get airflow in the leds
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  9. ClippersTown

    ClippersTown Fire Worm

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    Where do they sell egg crate? And is all of it reef safe (cause I wanna put some in my frag tank too lol)
  10. Marshall O

    Marshall O Giant Squid

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    Home Depot or Lowes. Should be $15-20 for a 24"x48" sheet of it in the lighting section.
  11. 1.0reef

    1.0reef Giant Squid

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    IMO acrylic would be prone to warping.
  12. hart24601

    hart24601 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    I have my reefbreeders value fixtures sitting on glass top. No problems.