DIY LED Build

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    OK. So the replacement drivers came yesterday and I decided to give it a test run the whole day today. I can safely say that the maximum temp was recorded at 32 degrees. This reading was with the unit in the open and not in a tank hood. I will see how it goes tomorrow when I fully enclose the unit to simulate being in a hood. So far so good. Image1463584484.338132.jpg Image1463584497.348562.jpg Image1463584514.008819.jpg Image1463584524.917763.jpg


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    Interesting thread.. update?
     
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    Hey bud. Work has been hectic and with the wife being retrenched it has taken a bit of a toll. I will hopefully get back to it soon. Im busy with my arduino in my spare time.

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    OK. So update time. I finally had some time to work on and finish the project this weekend. I had a blast and a shocking time when my son decided to flip the switch while I was wiring in the 220v. Serves me right for having the plug in while working on the power supplies. IMG_3734.JPG
    Mounting the drivers in a enclosure.
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    The guts of the old lighting system. I was surprised to see a 9v transformer powering the existing cooling fans. They were rated at 12 v.
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    Mounting the LED to the existing cover. I accidentally broke 2 corners. Will see how the condensation build up first.
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    Testing the new lights. They are extremely bright. Lol
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    The power supplies driver box and timers all waiting to be mounted in the new location.
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    LED temperature and dimmer controller.
    I have run the LED at full power for 3 hours and the temp on the Heatsink was a cool 29 degrees. The control thermostat will cut out the LED if it reaches above 40 degrees. I still need to test and fine tune. A job for Wednesday.
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    The final display with the new lighting.
    I must admit that to me it looks better. Only time will tell.
    Thoughts and suggestions welcome....



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    tank look nice and bright to the eye..! will just need to wait and see how things turn out to be. whats that orange thingy on the ground?
     
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    Haha. I was feeding baby marrow and used a sinker to attach it to. It came off though.


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    Looks very nice - big upgrade. Very neat work indeed.
     
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    Looks very neat!!! I love it! I am still needing to finish mine and realise i need a power supply to power 22 LED chips instead of 6 drivers so still looking for s suitable one. The one at Improved only powers 12 at a time.

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    Take a oak at Mantech electronics. They have a wide variety of power supplies. If you give me the specs you are looking for I can look around.


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    Now that looks awesome. Keen to see how the plants respond.

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    Congratulations!
    This looks absolutely professional, and although I am dead against the use of heat sinks, because they make things more complicated, make the LEDs less efficient and they lower the reliability of the entire system, it looks as if - in your hands - it doesn't seem to make much of a difference.

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    So been almost a week running the LED setup and the lighting looks so much better. I'm even getting a small amount of Pearland. Just excuse the stupid quality of the video and the fans. They go off at 21:00.


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    I'll try upload the video from my pc tomorrow. Stupid iPhone.....


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    Been a while now and the plants are really taking off. I removed the giant anubia due to algae on the leaves. IMG_4569.JPG


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    Yeah i had the same issue under my new light so i moved my anubias to the cube which is less harsh on it. Surprisingly it did grow a new leaf though. Proof that leds are the way to go.

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