Leds for 75 galons on a budget

xavi_west

New member
Hey!

I've got a 75gal mixed reef that is 8 months old. My current lightning setup is 6XT5ho's with individual reflectors. Color combination is 1 giesemann actinic plus , 2 blue plus, ati true actinic, ati blue plus, and a red light tube.

I got softies, lps, sps and macro in the system. I'd would like to make or buy some led lights on a 400 budget.

I found some kits with bridgelux leds;
http://www.aquastyleonline.com/products/90--LEDs--DIY-Dimmable-Kit.html

http://www.aquastyleonline.com/products/108--LEDs--DIY-Dimmable-Kit.html

http://www.aquastyleonline.com/products/120--LEDs--DIY-Dimmable-Kit.html

heatsinks

http://www.speedymetals.com/pc-2530-8348-1-x-1-x-18-channel-6063-t52-aluminum-extruded.aspx

and this page with allready made lamps

http://www.eshinesystems.com/store.html

Here is a link to my build:
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2116324

What do you recomend on the led kits will 90 be more than enough or should i go up to 120? and what color combinations would favour my reef and give it nicer looks??

or the premade lamps are a better option, value?


Thanks for reading! :wavehand:
 

cisowskia

In Memoriam
400 is cutting it close but the premium dimmable kit at rapidled is what youre looking for. Id get the dimmable pot kits as well
 

xavi_west

New member
I contacted one of the suppliers and they helped me out greatly I'm goin with a dimmable 48 cree led setup. Thinking of using 2, 6X20 heatsink with fans, 24 leds on each one.

Colors per lamp; 10 whites (5 yellowish, 5 cool white), 8 blues (4 royal, 4 blue), 2 uv, 2 red, 2 green

What do you guys think? with 80 degree lenses? still don't know if D or P drivers...
 

fi5033

New member
I'd say go with the Chinese LED. There is a huge thread going on for the LED light with dimmable feature. You can get 2 of D120 for under $400 and it will cover your 4ft tank nicely.
 

celamb89

New member
I would recommend going for CREE leds, I've seen tanks lit by chinese leds and they didnt convince me, you can definitely see a difference between CREE's and chinese leds... or the fixtures I've seen are just not made correctly, who knows...

I got CREE's and Im happy with them
 

xavi_west

New member
I'd say go with the Chinese LED. There is a huge thread going on for the LED light with dimmable feature. You can get 2 of D120 for under $400 and it will cover your 4ft tank nicely.

I saw some pictures at the chinesse led fixtures and didn't like the color to much, do you have them and do you have pictures?


I would recommend going for CREE leds, I've seen tanks lit by chinese leds and they didnt convince me, you can definitely see a difference between CREE's and chinese leds... or the fixtures I've seen are just not made correctly, who knows...

I got CREE's and Im happy with them


celamb89 could you show me pictures of your tank and what lightning setup did you go with?
 
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