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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 9:24 pm Post subject: LED TUBE for planted aquarium Reply with quote

 Hi  guys,  
 I  am  looking  for  LED  light  for  my  48'  x  18'  x  18'  tank.  Wanting  to  achieve  2.5  /  3  watts  per  gallon.  I  just  came  across  a  tube  having  "50  LEDs  encapsulated  in  3/4  inch  PC  pipe  with  closed  ends.  It  gives  45  watts  of  ultra  white  light  for  >10  watts  of  load,  No  UV,  No  heat,  safe  and  durable.  The  tube  comes  with  two  steel  mounting  clamps  to  fit  any  where  on  any  surface."  It  cost  is  around  Rs.500,  So  I'll  need  3  of  them  for  2.5  watts  per  gallon  or  4  for  3  watts  per  gallon.
 There  has  been  many  discussion  about  LED  light/DIY  LEDs,  etc.  But  the  tools  and  material  require  for  it  is  just  above  my  head  (since  I  have  no  electronic  knowhow)
 Wanted  you  help/opinion  about  this  simple  and  according  to  me  a  better  available  option.  Do  you  guys  think  this  tube  can  be  useful  for  our  plants?  Please  give  me  you  insight   on  this.
 
 Thanks  In  advance
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 9:55 pm Post subject: Re: LED TUBE for planted aquarium Reply with quote

 i  would  love  to  try  those  tubes  out.  am  currently  using  neon  lighting  that  seems  to  work  fine  for  me.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 11:02 pm Post subject: Re: LED TUBE for planted aquarium Reply with quote

 Hi  Punit,
 
 First  check  out  the  wattage  of  the  LED's  used  in  the  tube.  Also  check  if  it  is  the  commercial  lighting  or  the  fancy  lighting  tube..  Can  you  post  a  pic  of  the  tube?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 29, 2010 2:26 am Post subject: Re: LED TUBE for planted aquarium Reply with quote

 Hi  Shelly,
 
 It  gives  45  watts  of  ultra  white  light  for  >10  watts  of  load,  No  UV,  No  heat.  It  seems  to  be  commercial  lighting.
 
 I  don't  know  if  I  am  suppose  to  mention  it  here  or  not.  Mod  if  I  am  not  allowed  to  do  that,  then  delete  this  post.
 The  same  light  is  also  available  on  eBay  India  for  Rs  575  +  Rs  99  Shipping.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 29, 2010 8:00 am Post subject: Re: LED TUBE for planted aquarium Reply with quote

 HI,
 
 If  50LED  are  consuming  10W,  i  am  just  thinking  what  are  the  individual  watts  of  each  LED.  Considering  that  i  dont  think  the  lighting  will  be  enough.  Claimed  VS  actual  is  what  one  needs  to  verify,  also  to  my  knowledge  even  a  single  high  power  LED  in  the  chinese  markets  of  good  quality  would  cost  more  than  the  price  its  on  sale  for.  So  i  will  still  have  my  question  marks  on  it  performance.  Also  the  spread  is  what  you  would  want  to  look  at.  As  most  leds  will  give  you  beams.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 2:54 pm Post subject: Re: LED TUBE for planted aquarium Reply with quote

 Hi  Nirav
 Since  an  LED  setup  is  such  a  complicated  thing  for  me  I  was  thinking  that  these  LED  Tubes  would  be  good  easy  solution  for  some  one  like  me.  Sad   Frankly  speaking  I  have  no  idea  about  the  watts  of  these  individual  LED.
 Anyway  I  just  happen  to  have  a  good  friend  of  mine  who  is  into  focus  lighting  for  many  MNC  brands,  He  is  shock  to  learn  the  amount  of  light  we  need  for  planted  aquarium.  And  he  doesn't  think  these  tube  are  any  good  for  the  amount  of  light  we  require.
 Today  I  am  getting  2  different  LED  setup  from  him,
 a)  Setup  which  has  even  distribution  of  light.  He  has  made  the  LED  setup  in  such  a  way  that  the  light  available  at  the  top  and  bottom  of  my  aquarium  is  the  same.  (This  will  be  combination  of  different  LED  strips  covering  every  corner  of  the  tank.)
 b)  It  will  have  less  consecration  of  light  available  at  the  top  and  much  more  light  at  the  bottom.  (This  will  be  2  LED  panel,  and  the  focus  would  be  the  bottom)  This  seem  to  me  the  better  one,  since  it  will  not  encourage  the  plants  to  grow  toward  the  top.  
 Both  the  setup  are  to  aim  for  3/watts  per  gallon.  I'll  be  testing  both  these  setups  on  my  2  tanks,  And  try  to  work  out  the  best  for  our  plants.  Will  update  here  about  my  experience.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:04 pm Post subject: Re: LED TUBE for planted aquarium Reply with quote

 Hi  guys,
 
 Work  out  my  setup.  its  the  option  2  that  i  mention  earlier,  a  custom  maid  high  power  led  setup.  A  unit  which  has  three  1  watt  led  at  an  angle  of  60deg  each.  such  6  units  for  my  48x18x18  tank.  Its  been  there  for  25  days  now  and  I  have  seen  gr  plant  growth.
 Some  how  I  feel  its  more  light  than  what  I  need  because  even  the  RCS  in  m  tank  seems  to  shine/glow(I  don't  know  how  to  explain  this,  but  that's  what  I  feel/see  with  my  eyes)  .  So  will  remove  2  of  those  unit  and  put  it  on  my  other  tank.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:15 am Post subject: Re: LED TUBE for planted aquarium Reply with quote

 Why  don't  you  post  some  pics  of  your  LED  strip.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 11:05 am Post subject: Re: LED TUBE for planted aquarium Reply with quote

 i  have  also  seen  these  led  lights  in  some  exhibition  ....they  were  quite  expensive  though  .the  best  part  was  they  work  on  solar  energy  also  you  have  to  buy  some  separate  solar  kit  for  it  
 these  solar  led  lights   are  working  fine  in  my  society  entrance  .......wonder  if  they  can  be  used  for  aquariums  then  it  will  be  great   Shocked
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