My cree led build.(Updated LED pics 4/30/13 pg 8)

Discussion in 'LED Aquarium Lighting' started by jkat21, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. jkat21

    jkat21 Bangghai Cardinal

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    Well I have finally found some time to start my led build..I will be using 48 led 24 royal blue 24 cool whites with 4 moon leds,all on dim ballasts..I have only finished putting the leds on the heat sinks and started some wiring(these things are bright 8)),but have a lot to go.I want to enclose them giving that store bought look..hopefully at the end it will look some thing like the orphek pr 156..well a few pics to keep ya busy(not really much to look at tho)..

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  3. Thatgrimguy

    Thatgrimguy Flying Squid

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    Very nice looking setup!! What degree optics are you using?
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    jkat21 Bangghai Cardinal

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    Thanks..as for the optics I'm not sure yet.it depend on the hight above the tank..they did come with 60*..but I will see when it comes time to hang them..
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    rc_mcwaters3 Clown Trigger

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    will be very interested to see this build ;D what size tank are you putting them over
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    txny13 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    thats the same way iam doing mine ,24 cool whites on 2 dim drivers,24 royal blues one 2 dim drivers
  7. jkat21

    jkat21 Bangghai Cardinal

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    It will be going over a mixed reef 72 bowfront...the heat sinks are 6" x 17"
    Yea hopfully the acrylic part of the buil goes as easy as this half..time will tell..lol.
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  9. jkat21

    jkat21 Bangghai Cardinal

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    Make sure you post ur build..
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    txny13 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    also how and what did you make your dimmer box out of
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    txny13 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    what gage of wire are you useing iam useing 14? posting pics this week end no time to work on now
  12. fishboyt

    fishboyt Bristle Worm

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    Do you think 48 LED's will be enough? I was thinking of putting 72 LED's on my 75 gallon.
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    jkat21 Bangghai Cardinal

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    The dimmer box is just a radio shack plastic project box(they come in different sizes).
    I'm using 16 gauge because that's what I had laying around from other hobbies..
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  15. jkat21

    jkat21 Bangghai Cardinal

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    Should be..I wrote to cree before the purchase explained what I had tank and live stock,and this what they sugested..I could always add more down the line..maybe some warm whites for little more punch/lower kelvin..
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    fishboyt Bristle Worm

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    I guess I'll stick with 48 as well, then. :)
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    Congrats on the progress.

    I'm guessing 80deg will suit you well. 60s will be fine if you're hanging them pretty higher over the tank, around 18-20".

    14 is pretty big and probably way overkill. I used 18 on all my stuff; RapidLED sells 20 gauge on their site.

    48 should be plenty for him. I'm using 60 on a 5' tank (~120 gallons).
    72 is way overkill on a 75.
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    fishboyt Bristle Worm

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    Will 48 be enough to support SPS?
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    Absolutely. Evolved is using 60 on his 120 gallon with tons of SPS. I have a 16 LED setup (8 White XP-G with 65* optics, 8 Blue XR-E with 80* optics) on my 29 gallon growing SPS. I recently added 8 more LEDs, but all in actinic supplementation for my personal color preference. 72 LEDs would be way to much! 3 watts doesn't sound like much, but these LEDs are BRIGHT!
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  21. jkat21

    jkat21 Bangghai Cardinal

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    @ evolved
    Yea it will prob be around that 18" mark above the tank..but ill keep the 80* in mind.


    Also what MA do you guys run your leds at..I purchased the ultra premium kit..right now they are set for whites 850 ma and blues at 700 ma...
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    I have no idea what specific current value I run mine at. The XR-E dimmer is set to max at 950mA, and the XP-G dimmer is set to max at 1.45A. I probably run the blues (XR-Es) at ~850, and the whites (XP-Gs) at ~1.25A, but those are guesstimates based on the positions of the dimmer knobs. :p
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    Nice looking build.

    And man do I wish there were about 50 more threads like this one to read through
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    There are actually quite a few. :)
    Click 'LED' in the tag cloud at top of board index.