07-19-2020, 09:27 AM
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| | Re: diy led lighting assistance needed
Are you going to put lenses on the Cree LEDs? Lenses greatly increase the intensity of the light unless the light fixture is sitting right on top of the tank. I haven't been keeping up on the latest Cree LEDs so I can't say how many of which ones you should use. When I started making LED lights I started by studying LEDs and how they work, plus how they should be powered. Only after I learned all I could did I try to make a light fixture. My first step was to test a single LED using a PAR meter to get data on how much light one would produce vs. distance. It was a very interesting DIY project, and also very rewarding at that time.