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Old 07-07-2019, 08:57 PM
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Led lighting

Was thinking about making my own diy lighting for my fowlr tank. Any special requirements I would have to meet or basically any lighting would be sufficient?
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Old 07-08-2019, 03:12 PM
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Nobody has ever tried making their own led’s?
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Old 07-08-2019, 04:46 PM
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why make one when you can buy one cheap. Fish only tank don't require much light. You can just buy any led lights. Even Home depot LED will work as long as it is above 7500K (daylight). Cheap ebay china lights will work too.
If budget is your concern than get home depot fluorescent light fixture and buy T5 from LFS.
Both of this option you can use a smart outlet to set timer and remote on/off.
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Old 07-08-2019, 07:35 PM
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I actually have an Aquatic Life T - 5 unit on the tank now. It holds 8 - 39 watt bulbs. Problem is money is a little tight and I don’t have almost $200 for new bulbs.
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Old 07-08-2019, 07:41 PM
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I'm an electrician I have toyed with the idea of making my own led fixture. To be honest after the time spent gathering material and time spent assembling the fixture. The price difference is so small that's it's more practical to just buy an led fixture.
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Old 07-11-2019, 03:24 PM
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Was thinking about making my own diy lighting for my fowlr tank. Any special requirements I would have to meet or basically any lighting would be sufficient?

How big is the tank? I agree with the responses here....FOWLR does not require special lighting like maintaining coral. You would just want something that pleases your eyes. The Ocean Revive T247 is a great light (probably more than you require) but it is fairly cheap and has a built in timer, and you can control 2 channels, (all colors other than blue and blue...so it can act as a sunrise/sunset effect although it's only on/off sort of thing). It's about $160 per light and they can light approximately a 24"x24" area of the tank. You can even add coral later on if you choose to do so with that light.
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:20 AM
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why don't you install T5 bulbs which are LEDs? no need to retrofit, just swap out 2 of each with these. I didn't do a detail search, but I believe they are available. in different colors.
http://www.growagromax.com/products/...ow-light-bulb/

https://www.marineandreef.com/Arcadi...mps_s/1156.htm
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