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Re: Starting my first aquarium, reef tank.

Postby kumar » Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:45 am

^:)^ ^:)^ thats an awesome execution!! really like the casing

can you give us a break up on howmany drivers, channels, and LED count on this build?
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Re: Starting my first aquarium, reef tank.

Postby Aayaan » Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:32 am

stefanm wrote:Lights are up, some tweaks to do and the housing for the controllers to complete....


The colour-spectrum is nice. Kind of eye-candy. Loving it :x
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Re: Starting my first aquarium, reef tank.

Postby stefanm » Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:55 pm

Thanks fellows,

The LED's and drivers are as follows,
3xbridgelux vero 10's neutral white 90CRI with 3no 500ma LDD drivers.
3xbridgelux vero 13's warm white 80CRI? With 3 no. 500 LDD drivers.
12 no. Cree XPE cool blues with 1 no. LDD 700 ma (from China)
9 no. Semileds hyper violet with 1 no. LDD 700 ma ( USA, one's not working, looking into why)
3xepistar cyan with 1 no. 500 ma LDD (China)
3xluxeon k16's royal blue with 3no. 700ma LDD's (China)
Diy vero boards for the drivers, shit loads of wires, an uno, wing shield, rotary encoder, 1602 display, ds3231 rtc, pca9685 PWM driver, heat sinks from Bangalore, m3 screws from diyaudiocart, nylon washers from pearly cart, w1209 temperature controller (I blew it up, awaiting a replacement) meanwell lrs 350-48 PSU, lots of patience and frustration, there must be well over 300 solder joints, pendants suck for the amount of work required, lol, the benefits is it's a lot more flexible in case you upgrade. These lights can cover a much larger tank, maybe 150-180 US gallons max.
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Re: Starting my first aquarium, reef tank.

Postby reeferfromimphal » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:57 am

stefanm wrote:Thanks fellows,

The LED's and drivers are as follows,
3xbridgelux vero 10's neutral white 90CRI with 3no 500ma LDD drivers.
3xbridgelux vero 13's warm white 80CRI? With 3 no. 500 LDD drivers.
12 no. Cree XPE cool blues with 1 no. LDD 700 ma (from China)
9 no. Semileds hyper violet with 1 no. LDD 700 ma ( USA, one's not working, looking into why)
3xepistar cyan with 1 no. 500 ma LDD (China)
3xluxeon k16's royal blue with 3no. 700ma LDD's (China)
Diy vero boards for the drivers, shit loads of wires, an uno, wing shield, rotary encoder, 1602 display, ds3231 rtc, pca9685 PWM driver, heat sinks from Bangalore, m3 screws from diyaudiocart, nylon washers from pearly cart, w1209 temperature controller (I blew it up, awaiting a replacement) meanwell lrs 350-48 PSU, lots of patience and frustration, there must be well over 300 solder joints, pendants suck for the amount of work required, lol, the benefits is it's a lot more flexible in case you upgrade. These lights can cover a much larger tank, maybe 150-180 US gallons max.
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Well done Stefan. Can't wait to see how your tank shapes up.

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Re: Starting my first aquarium, reef tank.

Postby stefanm » Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:14 pm

You can post any questions on here, it may be helpful to others.
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Re: Starting my first aquarium, reef tank.

Postby reeferfromimphal » Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:40 am

Great, thanks !

You mentioned a forum from where you got the inputs for your lights, Could you please share the same ? What is your total cost for all the components for the lights ?

I am contemplating between going DIY or buying ready-made. The high cost of effective reef lighting is veering me towards DIY but I am quite a noob when it comes to soldering and such..
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Re: Starting my first aquarium, reef tank.

Postby mithun » Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:09 pm

problem with LDDs is that they arent very fault tolerant.. i would look at very stable power supply to run them if you want them to run a long time!
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Re: Starting my first aquarium, reef tank.

Postby indracalcutta93 » Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:22 pm

Cool, Super Cool project, Hats off for you.
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