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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 5:15 pm Post subject: Household LED bulbs for planted tanks Reply with quote

 So  I  was  thinking  if  its  possible  to  use  regular  household  led  bulbs  with  b22  holder  of  9w/15w  in  planted  tanks  ?  I'd  love  to  have  a  DIY  led  setup  with  10w  chips,but  the  more  I  read,  I  realize  it  isn't  a  simple  straight  forward  DIY.  So  for  those  that  aren't  blessed  with  excellent  DIY  skills,  can  we  use  LED  bulbs  with  B22  holders  ?  I've  read  about  walmart/home  depot  bulbs  being  used  on  some  other  forums  with  good  results.
 
 I  plan  to  set  up  a  low  tech  tank  and  would  like  to  know  if  anyone's  tried  this  so  far  and  what  have  been  the  results.  I  plan  to  use  four  9w  6500k  bulbs  and  a  few  0.5w  red  and  blue  led  bulbs  to  mimic  the  DIY  setup.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 11:34 am Post subject: Re: Household LED bulbs for planted tanks Reply with quote

 Shashank,
 I  think  many  people  have  used  it,  Whats  the  tank  size  you  are  trying  to  use  them  on..?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 12:38 pm Post subject: Re: Household LED bulbs for planted tanks Reply with quote

 Oh  sorry  forgot  to  update  in  the  opening  post,  this  will  be  for  a  40  gallon  tank  30x18x18(in  inches)  I'm  planning  a  low  tech  setup  to  start  off  with  and  so  thinking  if  these  bulbs  will  serve  the  purpose  till  I  move  to  a  medium/high  tech  tank.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:48 pm Post subject: Re: Household LED bulbs for planted tanks Reply with quote

 Oh  yes,  you  can  use  them  ..
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 2:26 pm Post subject: Re: Household LED bulbs for planted tanks Reply with quote

 Shashank,
    for  your  tank  size  aim  for  5000  lumens  in  total,  check  the  lumens  out  put  of  each  led  and  try  to  add  as  many  required  to  reach  the  mentioned  lumens.  spread  out  the  bulbs  to  get  even  distribution  of  lighting  inside  the  tank..  Good  luck.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 3:29 pm Post subject: Re: Household LED bulbs for planted tanks Reply with quote

 Thanks  for  the  tip  nidhi.  My  plan  is  to  use  9w  LED  bulbs  provided  by  BESCOM.  Its  bajaj  make  and  has  a  lumen  rating  of  900  each.  My  plan  was  to  hit  ~4000  lumens  so  was  planning  to  use  4  of  them  along  with  2  0.5  watt  blue  leds  and  one  red  led  bulb  too.  May  be  I  need  to  add  a  couple  more.
 
 @aquaholic:  Have  you  used  them  ?  Can  you  please  share  your  experience  if  you  have.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:06 am Post subject: Re: Household LED bulbs for planted tanks Reply with quote

                                                   
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Thanks  for  the  tip  nidhi.  My  plan  is  to  use  9w  LED  bulbs  provided  by  BESCOM.  Its  bajaj  make  and  has  a  lumen  rating  of  900  each.  My  plan  was  to  hit  ~4000  lumens  so  was  planning  to  use  4  of  them  along  with  2  0.5  watt  blue  leds  and  one  red  led  bulb  too.  May  be  I  need  to  add  a  couple  more.
 
 @aquaholic:  Have  you  used  them  ?  Can  you  please  share  your  experience  if  you  have.                

 Yes,  go  with  6  of  the  9w  and  the  blue  and  red  ones..
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:38 pm Post subject: Re: Household LED bulbs for planted tanks Reply with quote

 Thanks,  will  start  off  with  5  and  later  add  the  6th  one.  Is  there  a  need  to  remove  the  diffuser  from  the  bulb  to  make  the  beam  more  focused  since  the  bulbs  are  of  "flood"  type  and  have  a  120  degree  angle
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:48 pm Post subject: Re: Household LED bulbs for planted tanks Reply with quote

 I  think  if  you  remove  the  diffuser  kind  of  thing,  it  will  still  be  120  degree  of  light  emitting  from  the  Led's.
 So,  it  should  be  good  if  you  remove  it..
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2016 1:26 pm Post subject: Re: Household LED bulbs for planted tanks Reply with quote

 Sorry  for  hijacking  the  thread.
 
 How  was  the  calculation  of  "5000  lumens"  done  ?
 
 Would  help  people  like  me  Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2016 1:56 pm Post subject: Re: Household LED bulbs for planted tanks Reply with quote

                                                   
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Sorry  for  hijacking  the  thread.
 
 How  was  the  calculation  of  "5000  lumens"  done  ?
 
 Would  help  people  like  me  Smile                

 
 Logged  in  after  a  while  Smile  well  there  are  a  lot  of  such  'light  calculation  charts'  available  online,  a  quick  google  search  and  you  should  be  good.  You  can  plan  the  lights  based  on  what  you  intend  to  achieve,  low,medium  or  high  tech  setup.
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