Led Strips?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by AquaticBrandon, Jul 17, 2014.

  1. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    Has anybody every used these?
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    I would like to make a custom light with these led strips. I've seen people use them and I'm wondering if they work for an aquarium. If so, how will I be able to build it?

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  2. Phishphin

    PhishphinWell Known MemberMember

    Interesting project! Are you looking to just illuminate a display tank or are you attempting plant growth?
  3. OP

    AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    I would like a little of both. I need to find out how to build it so I can get started.

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  4. Dolfan

    DolfanFishlore VIPMember

    If you want plants either now or in the future, be sure to get the LED's in the 6500k color temp range. Also they make those strips in a waterproof version, so be sure to get those. I imagine you could gut out an old hood, and silicone the strip to the inside of it, looping the strip around the edge and into the central area of the hood. I imagine a google search for "DIY aquarium strip LED" would produce some examples. Keep us updated with some pics when you get it going.
  5. junebug

    junebugFishlore LegendMember

    I doubt the kelvin rating for those is high enough to grow plants. You'd want something between 5k and 8k daylight spectrum in order to accommodate plant growth.

    Edit: ninja'd by dolphan...
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2014
  6. Castiel*

    Castiel*Well Known MemberMember

    I'm fairly sure that the Kelvin rating on this strip is only 2700k, It wouldn't be beneficial towards any plants if that is what you were using it for.
  7. TeishokueWell Known MemberMember

    Only works for low light plants.

    I use 3528 smd, rgb 300 on the coil. I disliked the waterproof.

    50/50 smd, rgb, 300 too dark and does not light well.

    I use 9v ac. Very easy to do. Simple glue and attach with 5-6 strips to illuminate. Purchase 1 blue coil so that you can add blue to your spectrum. Unless you want to use colored plastic wrap
  8. OP

    AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    Thanks for the info. Is there a website or something to help me set this up? Also is this all I need? ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1405616081.695188.jpg
    Or do I have to buy something else?

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  9. TeishokueWell Known MemberMember

    I suggest buying electrical connection clips. U dont need the dimmer/remote but u can if you want to. I just attach mines directly to the ac adapter.
  10. OP

    AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    Okay thanks

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