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Re: I've gone LED

PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 10:18 am
by Crazygar
We were.

Gary

Re: I've gone LED

PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:51 am
by Freshwater Tropic
So, No pictures? :(

Re: I've gone LED

PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:30 pm
by Dutchman
ballpc wrote:
Color: Cool White(6000K-6500k)
LED Type: 5050 PLCC-6 SMT SMD LED (Waterproof)
LED Quantity: 300 leds/5 Meter
Size: L500cm (5M) x W1.4cm x T0.5cm
View angle:120°
Working Input Voltage: 12VDC
Working Current/meter: 1.2A
Working Tempreture:-20° to 50°
Drive Mode:Contant Voltage

I have them on several tanks and power them all with a single AT style computer power supply rated at 300 watts. I don't grow any demanding plants but my mosses, java ferns, and crypts are downing great with these lights. Guppy grass also seems to do very well too!

Dennis

I've taken a leaf out of your book Dennis. I'm going LED-strips !
Tired of those fragile CREE-LEDS. They blow-up when you sneeze at them. Already annihilated 8, as if they cost nothing.

Can you tell me the power output per metre in Watt and the luminous output in Lumen per metre of these strips ? (I guess: 4.9Watt/m and 300Lm/m. Right?)

Re: I've gone LED

PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:52 pm
by ballpc
Dutchman wrote:Can you tell me the power output per metre in Watt and the luminous output in Lumen per metre of these strips ? (I guess: 4.9Watt/m and 300Lm/m. Right?)


Hi Cor, I'm not sure of the output per metre but they are rated at 540-600 Lumens/Meter. Mine are the 5050 LED. They now how newer higher output LED's available... They are the 5630 LED, Output power: 12W/M, Brightness: 1200-1320 Lumens/Meter. These are also 12V DC just like mine.

Here's a link to some on E-Bay ==>> http://www.ebay.com/itm/111022873138?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

Best of luck with your project!

Dennis

Re: I've gone LED

PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 3:15 pm
by ScottFish
UPDATE: LED light seems to work very well with my plants. My Val. is starting to take off, my sag. seems to be finally showing life, and my Anubias --well, they were always happy and blooming. Most noticeably I have green spot algae everywhere. I haven't adjusted the number hours I'm shining yet; I wanted to give the tank a chance to "balance-out", and besides, I have 3 adult BN cats ---and babies! and I wanted to give them a chance to clean up. They didn't, and I'll change the timer on the lights shortly.

Regarding pictures --yeah, yeah, I'll start another thread someday to do just that. I like the fact that others are also talking about LEDs on this thread. Feel free to tell us how it is going in your tank, or any questions, regardless if it relates directly to my tank. The more LED talk the merrier, and will hopefully this thread will be helpful to those who found us with a "LED" search.

Re: I've gone LED

PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:48 pm
by Dutchman
ScottFish wrote: . . I like the fact that others are also talking about LEDs on this thread. Feel free to tell us how it is going in your tank, or any questions, regardless if it relates directly to my tank. The more LED talk the merrier, and will hopefully this thread will be helpful to those who found us with a "LED" search.

Will do :D

Re: I've gone LED

PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:41 pm
by Pickles
Oh, no! I've just gone to T5s raised above the class cover, from the bigger fluorescents that are in the hood on the glass. And they don't last long and you have to replace them often? Oh, Ick! I'm stamping my foot and having a hissy fit. :thud:


mk

Re: I've gone LED

PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:44 pm
by Pickles
Also meant to say I do have LEDs but I doubt they'll do much - or will they? They go, well, anywhere but I'm putting mine on the front top of the tank. They've white and blue lights, the blues for night time so you can watch your more nocturnal fishies swimming.


mk

Re: I've gone LED

PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 1:52 am
by PVT-Kanaka
Thanks for this column...I am thinking of plunking down the cash for my 55 gal display tank, currently lit with leftover bits for a 30 gal long. I get good daylight, so my crypts, java fern, and anubias seem to do well. Everything I am reading seems like this plant combo and an LED light fixture would be about ideal, but I am having a hard time rationalizing the expense.

As an aside, I am another guy who cannot seem to master taking decent aquarium photos. I've enjoyed the running joke here!

Re: I've gone LED

PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:28 pm
by PVT-Kanaka
For what it's worth, I got Fluval's 48"-60" AQUASKY LED for my 55 gal. My crypts, java fern, and anubius are doing fine after a month, and, yes, the tank looks much better than under the old fluorescents. The controller is a bit wonky in that symbols and functions seem to have limited relations one to the other, and the sunrise / sunset function is not a phased dimming but just a step to lower lighting. Other than that, for the moment, I am happy.

- Eric

Re: I've gone LED

PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2016 4:28 pm
by Photoman
I have been using LED for the past 2 years. I bought Fluvial LED's. They have a good warranty. I set up a new tank and bought the LED right off the bat. Not even 2 months of using it I had 2 rows of LEDS go out. I took it back to the store I purchased it at. They fired it up and gave me a replacement . I have had it a year already and have had no problems. The other LED has been running for 2 years with no problem. I am not using CO2. Sure I have had some plants that died. But 90% that I add to the tank live.