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Old 11-11-2008, 05:21 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Default Re: What's the skinny on LED lighting?

I don't know of anyone using them in our hobby yet. I know of them being used in industrial applications. Let there be no doubt that they can light up your tank or anything else. The industrial applications are composed of an array of LEDs in modules that can be added together in any configuration you need. Again, it's not being marketed for home hobbist, but who know what will happen in a couple of years. A couple of sites below, just to let you know that I'm not making this up.

http://www.rpcphotonics.com/collimators.asp

http://www.cognex.com/ProductsServic...rms=LED+lights

Having said all this, let me state right now that I'm no expert in this and someone may point out legitimate issues with this ever working for our hobby...but from I have have seen, I believe it is real promising.
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Old 11-11-2008, 06:46 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the responses folks! I did some Googling on the subject and yes they are being marketed for commercial greenhouses and some outfits are selling aquatic gardening modules. The energy savings is incredible. Yes, they are pricey with a cost of about $50-100 per square foot that you light. A guy might be able to DIY a cheaper version but like when drip irrigation systems came out, the components are still pretty high.

If I win the Powerball I'll get one and report back. In the meantime I'm thinking of switching to electronic ballasts and T-5.
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Old 11-11-2008, 07:12 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Thank you for the replies.

Soon but not just yet.

LEDs are coming and I can't wait!
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Default Re: What's the skinny on LED lighting?

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Here is a video of the Lumenaqua Led Lighting system geared towards planted tanks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMiuKKpi1iM
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Did anyone else watch this? This light is definitely one of the coolest new technologies I've seen for our hobby yet! Can't wait for someone to actually try one and report if it is as awesome as it looks. Unfortunately, it's far too expensive for me ATM.
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Default Re: What's the skinny on LED lighting?

I'm sure you will be able to DIY, but there are some lens filtering layers that the aquarium LED systems use that seem pretty important, and they use LED controllers for color/K so it really is a lighting system rather than just a light you flip a switch.
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LED is absolutely be the future of all lighting applications. They have advanced so much but still a little pricey at the moment. I own several LED units from flash lights to DIY aquarium lights. The future is indeed VERY BRIGHT!!
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Default Re: What's the skinny on LED lighting?

This Xmas, find some LED Xmas lights at your "after holidays clearance". Try your hand at creating some homemade aquarium lights. They are bright, low energy, never burn out, stay cool, Etc. Can't say enough about LED lights. Good luck
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This Xmas, find some LED Xmas lights at your "after holidays clearance". Try your hand at creating some homemade aquarium lights. They are bright, low energy, never burn out, stay cool, Etc. Can't say enough about LED lights. Good luck
The Target by us always runs out of the LED lights -- even before Christmas I'm tempted to pay full-price *shudder* for some DIY tinkering.
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Default Re: What's the skinny on LED lighting?

This is what LED's can do with a light controller.... blows anything away we have seen so far. This link simulates a thunderstorm and clouds moving over the water.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L9s-wfjleA

This is just another example of an LED accessory to simulate a storm.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLHkdvDAViA

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This is interesting. Everyone on this thread seems to think that LED's are the greatest thing since sliced bread! I'd like to try them out. Can you link me to someplace where someone has actually used them in a daylight set up?

The LED's that I have can just about light your wristwatch.
Ray - Stick with us and you may learn some great things:

I use 15 x 3W 5500K luxeon LEDs which I underpower so they run at 2.8W. That makes 42W over a 33USG (1.25WPG!!!!) This is then raised 13" above the water level. Man that must be dark?? ROFL.

These are also setup in 5 series so my lights turn on in increments from left to right to simulate the sun coming from the left, reaching full spread and then turning off in increments from the left.

You would need in the region of 500+ standard LEDs to get this light!!!!

My setup does not use lenses, reflectors or collimators. I do not want focus points. I want even spread!!!

Here is the setup:


Here are the lights:


And the rig(s) in position (The main tank only has the left 3 series of 5 on here and is midway through sunrise :



Here is the sequence from 1 light to full:






You can use these for Nanos too. lol:


I don't think anyone needs to ask if they are any good at growing plants

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