Sunday, October 21, 2012
The first manufacturer booth we decided to visit on day 2 was AquaticLife so we could learn a little more about their recently released 3W LED Expert Series for marine aquariums.
Friday, October 12, 2012
Thursday, October 11, 2012
|Robert's DIY LED Light Fixture v2.0|
Temperatures have become much more stable in my aquarium and I saved about $30 on my electricity bill the first month. For those of you who followed my DIY LED fixture post I figured I would share a few changes that I made to fixture which resulted in a bit better color spectrum as well as more efficient heat dissipation.
I found too much white light resulted in a color closer to 10K white and it washed out my colors a bit, only from an aesthetic standpoint. I figured by adding more blue colored LEDs I might be able to get a better color spectrum.
I got a hold of two more Ecoxotic Panorama Pro LED Modules, one of them in the 24” length and one in the 12” length. I chose the 12k/445 nm blue color to preserve some white daylight while getting a bit more blue color.
I began brainstorming how to get the strips into the fixture while keeping it looking sleek. After removing the existing Diamond White True Lumen Pro Striplights, I found the 24” Panorama Pro fit nicely down the center channel.
|Ecoxotic Panorama Pro LED Module|
Now the 12” strip needed to be mounted. I knew I would need this extra strip to keep up the PAR values. I noticed one of my Palythoa colonies on the sand bed was not happy with my original DIY setup so I moved it closer to the surface which was all it needed to come back around.
The 12” strip aligned perfectly with yet another existing channel in the fixture housing. I screwed it into the channel using the mounting holes on the end of the Panorama Pro Strip. A couple of the leftover screws from the original build worked out perfectly to fit right into the channel.
Once I wired up the power, it shone a much nicer 14K look and all the corals are looking great now. It has been a full 8 weeks since I made the switch and I am really pleased with the results.
Did you miss Robert's DIY LED Light Fixture, Part1? Click here to read the original blog post.