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PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:01 pm Post subject: Help with Lighting Reply with quote

 Hello  people,
 Im  down  to  my  final  instalment  in  completing  my  aquarium  -  the  lighting.  I  got  a  6'(L)  x  2'(W)  x  1.5'(H)  freshwater  aquarium.  I  need  some  help  with  the  lighting  for  this.  I  would  appreciate  it  if  i  could  get  some  good  suggestions  on  the  type  of  lighting,  colour  schemes/combinations,  etc.  I  was  also  looking  at  something  preferably  in  the  LED  range  mainly  due  to  the  light:heat  factor.
 FYI  i  went  to  a  lighting  shop  today  and  checked  out  some  LEDs  like  strip  lights,  3  pronged  Lights,  remote  controlled  lights  (waterproof  light).  They  all  had  some  drawbacks  like  the  strip  lights  were  not  at  all  water  resistant  and  not  that  bright  either.  The  3  pronged  lights  were  more  of  focus  LEDs  but  3-4  of  them  in  my  aquarium  could  do  the  trick,  again  the  back-heatsink  portion  was  not  water  resistant.  The  remote  controlled  lights.....well  they  didnt  have  a  piece  on  demo.  So  i  ended  up  not  being  able  to  decide  on  anything.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:31 pm Post subject: Re: Help with Lighting Reply with quote

 Hi  Manav,
 
 Why  are  you  specifically  mentioning  about  waterproof?
 
 Is  the  hood  that  you  have  is  a  closed  hood  or  open  hood?  Also  since  its  a  freshwater  aquarium  and  not  planted  tank,  you  can  go  for  the  normal  lighting.  If  you  go  for  the  LED,  you  can  go  for  less  number  of  LED's  to  light  your  tank.
 
 You  can  check  out  the  LED  light  that  I  have  used  for  my  shrimps  tank.  My  LED  Light.
 
 This  will  give  an  idea  about  the  LED  lights...   Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 11:49 pm Post subject: Re: Help with Lighting Reply with quote

 even  i  wanna  know  about  lightning  of  this  sized  tank  ,  with  2  feet  height  as  i  am  gonna  have  it  for  my  cichlids  ,  plz  advice.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 7:38 am Post subject: Re: Help with Lighting Reply with quote

                                                   
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Hi  Manav,
 
 Why  are  you  specifically  mentioning  about  waterproof?
 
 Is  the  hood  that  you  have  is  a  closed  hood  or  open  hood?  Also  since  its  a  freshwater  aquarium  and  not  planted  tank,  you  can  go  for  the  normal  lighting.  If  you  go  for  the  LED,  you  can  go  for  less  number  of  LED's  to  light  your  tank.
 
 You  can  check  out  the  LED  light  that  I  have  used  for  my  shrimps  tank.  My  LED  Light.
 
 This  will  give  an  idea  about  the  LED  lights...   Smile                

 
 Hey  Shelly,
 To  be  more  precise,  i  actually  need  them  water  resistant  not  waterproof,  because  of  the  occasional  water  splashes  in  the  tank.  I  am  particularly  perplexed  about  the  light  colour.  I  am  not  clear  about  what  sort  of  colour  combination  to  use  to  arrive  at  a  particular  shade.  I  am  looking  for  something  other  than  the  normal  white  or  blue.  I  am  aware  that  blending  certain  colours  in  certain  ways  gives  you  different  shades,  i  would  really  like  to  know  about  this.
 Just  FYI  i  have  got  a  wooden  hood  with  slits.  I  have  attached  an  image,  i  dont  have  my  camera  with  me  at  the  moment,  this  one's  just  a  screenshot  of  a  video,  hope  it  helps.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 1:00 am Post subject: Re: Help with Lighting Reply with quote

 Hi  Manav,
 
 Oh..  Okay..  You  can  go  for  the  warm  white  color.  You  can  go  for  the  strip  LED's.  You  have  water  resistant  strip  LED's.  That  will  suit  your  requirement.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:30 pm Post subject: Re: Help with Lighting Reply with quote

 Thanks  for  the  info,  but  i  was  wondering  if  i  can  put  some  combination  of  lights  like  blues  and  whites  to  arrive  at  a  particular  shade.  Can  you  let  me  know  what  all  options  i  have  here  ?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 10:34 pm Post subject: Re: Help with Lighting Reply with quote

 Hi  Manav,
 
 You  get  the  following  colors  in  strip  LED
 
 Cool  White
 Warm  White
 Red
 Blue
 Green
 
 You  even  get  RGB  in  one  single  strip.  But  you  need  a  controller  to  get  the  required  colors.  Let  me  know  exactly  what  all  colors  you  need  at  what  areas  of  the  tank.  If  you  could  draw  a  diagram  on  the  colors  that  you  are  looking  for,  would  be  helpful.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 5:41 pm Post subject: Re: Help with Lighting Reply with quote

 Hi  Shelly,
 Yes  i  would  ideally  go  for  the  RGB  strip......what  is  the  brightness?  and  can  i  alternate  between  colours.....including  white  ?  I  would  like  warm  white,  blue,  violet/purple.......these  colours  to  be  in  the  entire  tank.
 I  talked  to  a  light  dealer  and  he  was  able  to  get  a  rough  idea  of  what  exacly  i  was  looking  for.  He  suggested  a  waterproof  lightstrip  where  the  colours  can  be  alternated  by  a  controller,  but  he  also  said  that  it  wont  be  very  bright  as  normal  aquarium  lighting.  This  whole  thing  is  coming  upto  little  less  than  3k.  I  am  not  very  familiar  with  LED  lighting  and  its  brightness,  so  was  unsure  how  it  would  finally  look  in  the  aquarium.  Moreover  since  he  didnt  have  a  live  demo  i  couldnt  judge.
 I  have  attached  some  pics  of  the  blue  and  purple  shades.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 16, 2010 11:52 pm Post subject: Re: Help with Lighting Reply with quote

 Shelly.......waiting  for  your  feedback  Cheering
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 8:21 pm Post subject: Re: Help with Lighting Reply with quote

 Hi  Manav,
 
 I  was  very  busy  last  week.  Hence  could  not  reply.  Sorry  for  that....
 
 RGB  strip  can  be  used.  As  the  light  dealer  has  mentioned,  the  strip  will  not  be  that  bright  like  the  high  power  LED.  But  still  you  can  get  reasonable  amount  of  light,  if  you  increase  the  number  of  strips  in  the  tank.
 
 Regarding  color  combination,  I  am  not  sure  if  it  can  give  Warm  white  color  and  white.
 
 Dealers  mention  that  One  meter  LED  strips  gives  5Watts  of  power.  So  If  you  need  more  light,  you  need  to  increase  the  number  of  strips  used.
 
 The  pic's  that  you  have  posted  is  attained  using  hight  power  LED  lights....
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 12:28 am Post subject: Re: Help with Lighting Reply with quote

 Thanks  for  the  info.
 I  was  wondering  that  i  can  put  the  light  strip  around  the  walls  of  the  entire  tank  (6'L  x  2'W)  which  comes  upto  16  feet.  Will  this  be  sufficient  lighting  ?
 Cant  i  buy  the  lightstrips  and  make  my  own  colour  combination  using  the  controller  ?  To  make  it  waterproof  then  i  could  buy  some  clear  plastic  casing.
 Dont  mean  to  trouble  you  with  all  these  questions  but  the  light  dealers  themselves  have  very  limited  knowledge  when  it  comes  to  this.  Unsure
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 8:16 pm Post subject: Re: Help with Lighting Reply with quote

 Hi  Manav,
 
 I  dont  think  that  it  would  be  sufficient  to  light  your  6  feeter.  You  might  need  atleast  4  strips  running  in  6'.!!!
 
 You  can  initially  go  for  what  you  have  mentioned.  See  if  that  light  is  sufficient.  If  not  increase  two  more  strips  in  length  (6').
 
 About  controller,  I  have  not  personally  seen  that  in  physical.  So  I  dont  have  exact  idea  on  the  kind  of  shades  that  you  can  create  with  the  controller.  Will  see,  if  I  can  get  any  info  on  the  controller-light  shade...
 
 You  get  the  strip  LED  in  water  resistant  also.  There  would  be  a  silicon  coating  on  the  top  of  the  light  strip.  You  can  ask  for  that.  But  then  the  price  would  increase  comparing  the  normal  light  strip.
 
 Manav,  for  the  light  shade,  first  you  decide  on  what  color  you  need  in  what  areas  of  the  tank.  Then  go  for  that  color  LED  strip.  As  the  controller  may  be  costly.  You  can  first  draw  a  layout  on  the  color  shades  that  you  need  in  the  tank.  Accordingly  use  that  specific  color  strip  in  that  area.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 1:04 am Post subject: Re: Help with Lighting Reply with quote

 Hi  Shelly,
 Omg...4  strips  of  light  strips  Surprised   I  think  i'll  have  to  eliminate  the  strip  lighting  option  in  that  case.  Anyways,  it  would  have  ended  up  looking  clumsy  in  the  aquarium.  I  dont  think  i  have  that  space  in  my  aquarium  as  its  height  is  1.5'.  Besides  it  would  have  costed  quite  a  bit.  I'll  go  with  the  High  Power  LED  option  you  gave  me.  Those  fixtures  would  also  look  better.
 I  have  attached  a  diagram  of  how  the  lights  could  possibly  be  arranged.  The  rectangle  is  the  aquarium  cover.  B=Blue  Light,  W=White  Light.
 I  kept  the  light  pattern  this  way  so  that  i  can  have  3  different  lights  in  the  aquarium  using  a  combination  of  the  lights.  Blue,  White  &  Blue-White  Mix.  If  this  seems  ok  then  ill  go  ahead  with  it.
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Hi  Shelly,
 Yes  i  would  ideally  go  for  the  RGB  strip......what  is  the  brightness?  and  can  i  alternate  between  colours.....including  white  ?  I  would  like  warm  white,  blue,  violet/purple.......these  colours  to  be  in  the  entire  tank.
 I  talked  to  a  light  dealer  and  he  was  able  to  get  a  rough  idea  of  what  exacly  i  was  looking  for.  He  suggested  a  waterproof  lightstrip  where  the  colours  can  be  alternated  by  a  controller,  but  he  also  said  that  it  wont  be  very  bright  as  normal  aquarium  lighting.  This  whole  thing  is  coming  upto  little  less  than  3k.  I  am  not  very  familiar  with  LED  lighting  and  its  brightness,  so  was  unsure  how  it  would  finally  look  in  the  aquarium.  Moreover  since  he  didnt  have  a  live  demo  i  couldnt  judge.
 I  have  attached  some  pics  of  the  blue  and  purple  shades.                

 
 Is  this  your  tank   Shocked
 I  am  reffering  to  the  marine  tank  that  is....
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:34 am Post subject: Re: Help with Lighting Reply with quote

 Lol  i  wish......  Chuckle  
 My  tank  is  in  post  No.  4.  Its  freshwater.
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