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Post by jmg32595 on Thu 05 Jul 2012, 9:11 pm

Looking for led lighting advice thats going on this tank in my office

its a Innovative Marine Nuvo Aquariums 38
they recomend the Innovative Marine SkkyeLight LED Tablet Light 92w thats 581.00
looking for alt. lighting would like to put 120w led on it
and something little cheaper but needs to look nice

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Re: Questions on reef tank

Post by shhh on Thu 05 Jul 2012, 9:24 pm

You could alway build your own led light
Rapid led is just one of a few places where you can buy
stuff to make them.
Retrofit the diy led light into a broken light housing.
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Post by scubasteve92 on Thu 05 Jul 2012, 9:44 pm

+1 on the rapidled.com. They have some awesome DIY kits that you can get!

Just make sure that you get a higher wattage LED, those will give you much more penatration vs. a lot of lower watt LEDs. Just my .02 Very Happy

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Post by jmg32595 on Thu 05 Jul 2012, 10:03 pm

Looking at pricing on the rapidled would still be looking at 350.00 for a 120watt
light and wouldnt look as good as a professional built light

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Post by ritter678 on Thu 05 Jul 2012, 10:33 pm

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Post by jmg32595 on Sat 07 Jul 2012, 10:04 am

Thanks ritter thats what i needed are you running these

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Post by ritter678 on Sat 07 Jul 2012, 10:51 am

jmg32595 wrote:Thanks ritter thats what i needed are you running these

No. They are a sponsor on R2R and I saw them on there. Seems like a pretty good deal.
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Post by grawlfang on Sat 07 Jul 2012, 2:00 pm

345 for a 120W LED from RapidLED is high I have been talking to them and working on a light setup and I have a price of 245.00 with a dawn to dusk timer being extra.

those lights are not a bad setup either, but I am playing with some configurations and would love to know what drivers they are using to get all them lights to work as from what I have found on the web 1 driver is normally only good for up to 12-14 LED's.
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Post by DonnieP on Sat 07 Jul 2012, 4:58 pm

from what I have found on the web 1 driver is normally only good for up to 12-14 LED's..

My JBJ 28g led has 25-3watt 14k leds on a single driver.
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Post by jmg32595 on Sat 07 Jul 2012, 5:51 pm

Donnie you still have that nano you buildt for the contest

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Post by DonnieP on Sat 07 Jul 2012, 6:12 pm

I do, its still up and running, I need to take it down though the Wife wants here cabinet space back.
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Post by grawlfang on Sat 07 Jul 2012, 6:28 pm

wow, what driver and what is the MHA on that ? From most of the DIY's they don't recommend less that 650MHA per string and is yours on one string or multiples?
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Post by DonnieP on Sat 07 Jul 2012, 8:52 pm

Mine actually has five strings of 5 leds ( I currently have two strings unplugged and only using three because of the intensity) but they are all driven from one 700 ma driver, they all connect up together on a circuit board. It has four -3watt blues that are ran from another 700ma driver and two-1watt blue night lights driven from a 350 ma driver. All 89 watts are to intense and was bleaching my sps so I unplugged some of them.
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Post by grawlfang on Sat 07 Jul 2012, 10:11 pm

ok that gives me a little more of an idea on what will run are they Cree's or a knock off? I am going to make mine 16k or better running 10 - cool white Cree's and 22 royal blues, with 2 reds all 3W. I will run 2 of these units on my 6' tank and both will be run by dawn to dusk timer. I haven't thought about the blue night lights yet Razz those will probably just be a cheap strip added to my hood.
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Post by DonnieP on Sun 08 Jul 2012, 8:29 am

Don't know the light brand, these are a built in hood that comes factory built with the JBJ 28 professional series, but you can search led drivers on ebay and find drivers for multiple leds.
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