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jmcman831
06-21-2013, 10:50 AM
So I have been getting a lot of mixed reviews, and just want to get as many as I can before I invest...

Right now I have a 15g planted tank (hornwork, anibus, swords, hygro) and I have a T8 light on it. Getting decent grown, have to trim the hygro and hornwort weekly. I want to upgrade my light though. I do not use CO2, but I dose liquid carbon and use fert tabs.

My choices right now are http://www.ebay.com/itm/24-Aquarium-Light-48-96-144-346-380-LCD-T5-Fluorescent-Actinic-Metal-Halide-LED-/140882890377?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item20cd464e89 using the T5 48w 2 flor bulbs or

http://www.ebay.com/itm/LED-24-HI-6500K-LED-Aquarium-Light-Lumen-Freshwater-Tropical-Fish-Tetra-60-cm-/111056975314?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19db82f5d2

I have read mixed posts about LED's and plants...

Anybody have any thoughts/experiences?

stevenjohn21
06-21-2013, 12:27 PM
I've recently been changing my low tech tanks with finnex fugeray LEDs and I couldn't be happier.

jmcman831
06-21-2013, 12:47 PM
I have just been reading a lot about the beamworks LED's...a lot of people say they are not good, cheaply made, and stop working after 10 months, but a lot also say they are great. I just hate to invest in it and it doesn't work lol.

caricell
06-21-2013, 02:17 PM
Not sure where you're getting bad reports on the beamworks...I've switched ALL my tanks to them, and for months havent had so much as a whimper out of any of them.

They run cool, and are dependable. I have some of them over a year now...


I have just been reading a lot about the beamworks LED's...a lot of people say they are not good, cheaply made, and stop working after 10 months, but a lot also say they are great. I just hate to invest in it and it doesn't work lol.

jmcman831
06-21-2013, 02:49 PM
That makes me feel better. I have some time to think about it as I need to save up for whatever I get. Any recommendations for a 15g tank (24" long x 12" wide x 12" deep)

Mog Carns
06-21-2013, 11:46 PM
http://inspiredled.com/ultra-bright-flexible-LED-strip-lights

I built a wooden top to that 75 I am setting up and stapled a strip of these to it.

Will let you know how it works out.

stevenjohn21
06-22-2013, 12:34 AM
The "rumors" on beams work lighting started in 2008 I believe, when somebody's Ballast on a T5 fixture went up in flames . It was posted on a popular forum and has turned people against them ever since. For all we know that persons cat might have pee'd on it whilst they were at work and caused it to spark/smoke .
I've seen Larry's setups all with beamswork LEDs and have to say they look great ! I still use a 4 year old T5 beamswork fixture that runs 10 hours a day without any issue ..... I also don't own a cat either lol

caricell
06-22-2013, 09:08 AM
LOL!
(no cat here either. Just fish and birds.)



The "rumors" on beams work lighting started in 2008 I believe, when somebody's Ballast on a T5 fixture went up in flames . It was posted on a popular forum and has turned people against them ever since. For all we know that persons cat might have pee'd on it whilst they were at work and caused it to spark/smoke .
I've seen Larry's setups all with beamswork LEDs and have to say they look great ! I still use a 4 year old T5 beamswork fixture that runs 10 hours a day without any issue ..... I also don't own a cat either lol

jmcman831
06-22-2013, 09:53 AM
The "rumors" on beams work lighting started in 2008 I believe, when somebody's Ballast on a T5 fixture went up in flames . It was posted on a popular forum and has turned people against them ever since. For all we know that persons cat might have pee'd on it whilst they were at work and caused it to spark/smoke .
I've seen Larry's setups all with beamswork LEDs and have to say they look great ! I still use a 4 year old T5 beamswork fixture that runs 10 hours a day without any issue ..... I also don't own a cat either lol

Haha well that all makes sense now!! Since I dont have a cat, I should be fine then! :P

Hilde
06-27-2013, 02:02 PM
My choices right now are http://www.ebay.com/itm/24-Aquarium-Light-48-96-144-346-380-LCD-T5-Fluorescent-Actinic-Metal-Halide-LED-/140882890377?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item20cd464e89 using the T5 48w 2 flor bulbs or

http://www.ebay.com/itm/LED-24-HI-6500K-LED-Aquarium-Light-Lumen-Freshwater-Tropical-Fish-Tetra-60-cm-/111056975314?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19db82f5d2

I am liking the LED. For with it you won't have to inject Co2. If I weren't over budget with this hobby I would get it.

Another interesting 1 suggest to me by somewhatshocked is a Current USA Satellite
Freshwater LED http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=161026&page=26 post 389

The other Larry had a Marineland LED light strip and said it only lasted a few months.
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=161026&highlight=

Igster
06-28-2013, 07:48 AM
Would something like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/LED-Clip-1W-6500K-Aquarium-Nano-Pico-Light-Freshwater-Plant-Tetra-Betta-9x-1W-/290902741304?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43bb279138

work for a 10g or 20g tall tank, for simple ilumination and to possibly keep just java moss/hornwort alive?

Hilde
06-28-2013, 12:37 PM
No! Isn't bright enough for low light plants.

Igster
06-28-2013, 01:30 PM
They do have one with 3W LEDs instead of the 1W ones...that would probably be more suitable?

Mog Carns
06-30-2013, 12:41 PM
Only 9 LEDs? Seems expensive.

Assuming you have a tank that needs light and has no top of any kind... and a 20T is 24" wide...


Buy a led strip and power cord online. $26, free shipping, for a 20 inch section with 48 LEDs.

Trip to Home Depot...
$2 for a 2x4 (if they don't have free pieces lying around)...
$1 for a small pack of screws (if you don't already have some around the house)...
Pair of 2x2 scraps.

Cut one piece of 2x4 to a length of 24".
Cut two pieces of 2x4 to be the 2" plus height you desire the light over the water. So, if you want 6" above, cut the boards 8".
Screw through the short boards into the end of the 24" board. IE, your riser boards are capping the end of the 24". This forms a "U".
Cut the 2x2 scraps into two 6"-8" pieces.
Screw the 2x2s to the inside of the "U", 1/2" from the ends.

Stain or paint the project your desired color.

Staple or glue the LED strip to the inside of the "U" on the 24" piece.

Place on tank. The lightbar should rest on the tank sides on the 2x2 pieces, while the 1/2" overhang from the 2x4 risers prevents lateral motion. It will still slide front and back, but that's a feature!




You get 39 more LEDs for the same price, and save money because the ebay thing doesn't have free shipping. It takes minutes to build with a Cordless Drill and a Power Saw... an hour doing it the Amish way. Beverage break while the paint or stain dries.

Hilde
06-30-2013, 01:00 PM
Buy a led strip and power cord online. $26, free shipping, for a 20 inch section with 48 LEDs.
Are you talking about this strip?
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3747/9174551727_e039e88cae.jpg
or this strip?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dawntwister/9174551659/

Igster
06-30-2013, 08:54 PM
Those LED strips are not "plug & play"... you need a power source, a controller/dimmer/on-off switch and connecting wires, depending on what you are getting. Some need soldering, some are plug-in-connectable (but more expensive). So, by the time you add the other necessary add-ons to the list you are looking at 50-80 bucks easy...

Mog Carns
06-30-2013, 11:33 PM
http://inspiredled.com/index.php


Flexible strips.
indoor/outdoor/waterproof
Order length you want.

Comes with preattached sticky back and a power plug in at each end.
2076


Power cord $10
2077



If you want dimmers, and switches, or magnetic contact switches, and interconnect cables to connect together several strips... they have those. However, strip and power cord works. Unplug to turn off. These kinda are "plug and play". I did see a bunch of people selling the ones you are talking about and they look like a royal pain in the ass. I kept looking until I found this product.

Hilde
07-01-2013, 09:20 AM
I think the spectrums of the lights are good only for anubias, ferns and mosses.

Igster
07-12-2013, 10:29 AM
Ordered a 20" Cool White(6500K) LED strip / power supply from Inspired LED...stuff arrived yesterday :) Took about 1/2 hour to make a little mount, and Presto-Change-O, let there be light!

2109

Mog Carns
07-13-2013, 12:39 AM
I really love how the multiple light sources react with the water's surface to give it that... rippling? look.

Hilde
07-15-2013, 01:45 PM
At 1 of the meetings this LED light bulb was presented
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3749/9292152347_aeca57f1d0_s.jpg

For a factory LED light strip the current LED Plus seems like a great great choice. Wish I had known about it when I got started in this hobby.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dawntwister/9292152391/in/set-72157616628717880

Hilde
07-15-2013, 01:49 PM
Ordered a 20" Cool White(6500K) LED strip / power supply from Inspired LED...
Wow!! That is a very bright light. You need to diffuse the light or inject Co2 to avoid algae problems.

Igster
07-15-2013, 05:24 PM
It's 6 inches above the water line, but I will monitor the algae - if I do get any i'll slip a piece of diffusor panel on the tank top.

ahabion
07-19-2013, 02:26 PM
I need to learn how to do my setup like you guys' in the garage. My garage is full of other misc stuff because I have too many hobbies.

Igster
07-20-2013, 07:58 PM
LOL I hear ya - I like woodworking so my garage is full of bandsaws, table saws, routers, sanders, & a bajillion other tools, as well as dog airline crates & some appliances that we stored there temporarily after doing some kitchen remodeling.