Supercoley's DIY LED minimalist luminaire

By: Supercoley1
October 20th, 2014
9:08 am

Supercoley's DIY LED minimalist luminaire

With a new 140ltr Opti-white aquarium replacing my old 125ltr and a complete redo of my lounge to a very minimal modern appearance I thought I would make a new luminaire to match the cabinet and other furniture in my lounge.

The MkII version was still working well after 3 and a half years. It hasn't been ditched. All the electrics and LEDs have been re-used in my emersed cupboards meaning that now all 11 of my aquariums are lit by LED.

Originally I was looking for a slimline unit and planning on either using MDF (painted white) or using some steel sheet that I have left over from another project. First I found the TMC modular mounting with the tiles and thought something similar but then.........I stumbled upon the 'Vitrea Bridge' and instantly fell in love with it.

With the Vitrea costing circa 1000+ for my size I decided to try and do something myself whilst using the Vitrea's design to house my electrics. Mine will have much less LEDs and wiring is a lot cruder. I will be using 3 seperate plugs each going to a driver that runs 6 x 3W. A total of 18 x 3W LEDs. Of course mine won't have the controller or anything techincal either.

Rather than a glass sheet I will be using acrylic.

So with the design decided upon I drew up a plan of where I want the LEDs over the tank and then came to the measurements of the acrylic piece I will be needing.

The Opti-white is 80cm x 40cm and the acrylic are for the lighting is 60cm x 28cm. Adding 3 cm to each end to fit in the 'brackets' I ordered a 12mm thick piece of acrylic with the dimensions 66cm x 28cm.

When the acrylic sheet arrived I set to work on it, drawing out the LED positions and then routing some 21mm holes for the lense holders to fit in.

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26 comments on "Supercoley's DIY LED minimalist luminaire"

  • Aquarist
    April 17, 2015 at 2:51 am

    What an awesome scape and an amazing light build, puts some of the diy stuff I have seen to shame. You really took you time and did an amazing job!

  • Supercoley1
    May 28, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Many thanks. It is still working but the 18 LEDs proved way too fast growth. Not algae problems but pruning every other day is not my thing

    I am now running it with just the front and back rows on and it is still growing pretty fast.

    I should add just to address the concerns of MDF swelling. The acrylic paint seems to have done it's job of sealing the MDF very well. There is no swelling. The only thing I have had to do is wipe some mould off the bottom of the inside rails once. It was on the surface only so wiped straight off with no stain.

  • jassar
    May 30, 2015 at 12:28 am

    The results are truly impressive

  • vaibhav999
    August 18, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    The entire setup looks really good,

  • phongdaihiep
    May 10, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    thank you

  • k zeller
    May 15, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Admin,Mods the pics are no longer working here

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