Pico LED Lighting?

Discussion in 'Nano and Pico reef systems' started by coralreefer, Aug 4, 2010.

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    Thanks Mike. Thankfully, I have a friend with a soldering iron that can help me out. Yes I am going to try and make an acrylic housing for the whole setup. Totally forgot about the fan. What would you recommend using to hook that up?
     
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    If it was me, I'd use a cheap wallwart that is 12volts 1 amp (or .5 amps etc.) and we can make a simple circuit to run the fans. This would also be a great time to add some accent lighting using 5mm or 10mm UV (400-405nm) flat top LEDs for nighttime viewing.
     
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    The circuit for the fan would be independent of the one for the LEDs though, right?

    Where can I get those LEDs? :beerchug:
     
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    Ebay's your best bet really. Just make sure you contact the supplier and find out some stats if they don't post them, and make sure it's the flat top lenses for wide spread. Otherwise I bet Jimmy has some he could sell you and mail to you for cheap.
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    Alright, time to start making some orders :beerchug:

    I take it I will need a separate DC power supply for the PC fan?
     
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    Maybe not, let me ponder it for a day or two if you can spare the time.
     
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    Alright, I just ordered everything I will need except for the power supplies and PC fan. I am hoping I can get those locally. Now the waiting...
     
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    Got my buckpuck today. Really hoping everything comes before the weekend!
     
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    My CREEs and adhesive pads came in today. I realized that I forgot to order my heatsink :brick: My friend who is going to help me solder the setup has something that should work...we just have to drill the thing. Hopefully, we can start working on it and maybe finish it Monday...
     
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    Well, I actually made some progress on this fixture today. Thankfully I have a friend with a lot of tools who was able to help! My heat sinks came on Thursday. Today has been my first day with free time since school started.

    I got everything wired but unfortunately I blew threw one of my white CREE LEDs and I think I blew my LuxDrive BuckPuck. Is there any way I can troubleshoot this? I don't have any dimming ability, only the ability to go on/off when the LuxDrive BuckPuck is connected.

    Anyways, here are some pictures of what we have done today...

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    That looks really good, I like the blue on it!
     
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    Thanks! I never would have been able to make it look like that by myself. Thankfully I have good friends. :beerchug:
     
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    The XR-E Q5's predate the XP-G series of white LEDs that 'everyone' now recommends, that is why you're having trouble finding them. They are still available, but that Q3 neutral white would be a better replacement anyways since 'cool white' LEDs have fallen out of favor.
     
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    Okay, I just haven't had any time to keep up on the progression of these things. Are there any advantages to the XP-Gs?
     
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    Higher output for a marginally increased price. The optics are different than the XR-E series, but just as available. Same size star and no problem running in series with other types of LEDs.
     
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    Okay perfect. I am not running any optics on these at the moment so that shouldn't be an issue for me.
     
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    So is there anything but the "cool white" in the XP-G series?
     
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    The XP-G series has the same color bins as XR-E, so yes they are available, but apparently not at nanotuners or the other hobbiest retailers.

    That XR-E neutral white would be my recommended replacement if you blew a XR-E cool white.
     
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    Alright, hit a major wall today with this one. Got in my new CREE light and hooked them all up to an AC/DC adapter without the buckpuck and blew them all. I haven't looked at this in a long time and I am assuming that the six of them can handle up to 32v but no more than 1 amp. Would I be correct in saying that I could hook them up to an AC/DC adapter up to 32v and a couple amps (not even sure how much amperage) but only with the buckpuck on the circuit? I really want to make sure this doesn't happen again. I am totally confused to why the first LuxDrive buckpuck wasn't dimming for me :mad_3:.
     

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