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Old 05-10-2010, 5:40 PM   #1
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Exclamation LED Build tonight!!!!

OK.

doing my wiring on LED light tonight.

I'll be posting pics as I get things done!

I have the CREE LEDs mounted to the sink via thermal epoxy, holes drilled in the sink to reduce wire clutter on the front, and my work table ready to go.

wish me luck!

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Old 05-10-2010, 5:46 PM   #2
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to get everyone up to speed here is where I am now.
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Old 05-10-2010, 5:53 PM   #3
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Basics

I'll be running 2x Meanwell ELN-40-48D dimmable drivers in line with my RKL with the ALC to supply the 0-10v.

Here are the drivers.

I also did myself a favor and ordered PRETINNED electrical wire!

60 degree optics for the royal blues. no optics available for the whites.

OH, and of course my soldering station haha
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Old 05-10-2010, 5:55 PM   #4
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as far as the led hardware goes here are the places of purchase

LEDs, driver, optics
www.rapidled.com

Sink
www.heatsinkusa.com

pretinned wire .. 22awg / 300v
(not easy to find with good insulation and such)
www.bulkwire.com

ALC
www.marinedepot.com

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Old 05-10-2010, 6:12 PM   #5
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Ok this seems to be a step some ppl forget to do.. so I went ahead and did it before doing ANYTHING else!

on each driver I went ahead and turned the internal trimpot down all the way . the correct pot is labeled SRV2

If you forget and do a test.. BLAM.. blows your LED string and its $$ down the drain!
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Old 05-10-2010, 8:30 PM   #6
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Putting standard plug onto meanwell.

soldered connections.. individually wrapped with electrical tape, then heat shrink over the entire connection. = 2 MW drivers with standard US plugs
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Old 05-10-2010, 8:35 PM   #7
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I like! what are you intentions for theese? just moon lighting or accent lighting?

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I like! what are you intentions for theese? just moon lighting or accent lighting?
no these are STRONG

it is a prototype for my reef lighting. I'm just doing 1 of 6 sections right now to see if i like the light, and how my corals will react. Going to put it over my frag rack.

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sweet, keep me posted. interested to see how it turns out!

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Old 05-10-2010, 8:47 PM   #10
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Tagging along, thinking of doing this myself.

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Old 05-10-2010, 9:03 PM   #11
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cant wait to see how these work, one heck of a frag rack!

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Old 05-10-2010, 9:13 PM   #12
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cool! what is total cost so far? how does $ compare with t5, etc?
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done for the night.. no honking flux :(

will resume tomorrow

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cool! what is total cost so far? how does $ compare with t5, etc?
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total cost so far haha.. probably around $300. not exactly sure.

the RUNNING cost will be significantly less than t5 (which I have now), but the upfront is more expensive.

please don't ask about PAR and so forth..There is an entire battery of PAR police on message boards.

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may I ask what size is the heat sink?

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may I ask what size is the heat sink?
sink is 7.25 x 15 .

fins are 1.25" tall

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one more question

how far are the led from center to center.

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how far are the led from center to center.
I'm sorry.. i don't understand what you're asking.. center to center of what?

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the LEDs are 2 inches apart.. center to center.

half of them will be making use of 60degree optic lenses .

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Thank you Sir

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