DIY LED Lighting System

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Tony Griffitts

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Jul 13, 2014, 11:55:04 PM7/13/14
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Here is a new Do-It-Yourself LED light system for my 1 meter long 50 gallon tank.  It is replacing HO T5 system that had 4 x 39w lights for a total of 156w.  The new system uses 3 x 23w 5K spot lights that can be bought at Lowes.  The new system uses only 69 watts and looks much brighter.  I should know after a few months if this new lighting system helps control nitrate better than HO T5. Parts list is below the photo.


ITEM DESCRIPTIONSourceQtyPrice Per UnitTotal
Major Components




23w PAR38 5K LED Spot LightLowes3$37.98$113.94
BAYCO 10 1/2 in Light fixture Lowes3$15.67$47.01
1 3/8 x 1 3/8 x 47 11/16" LumberLowes3$2.97$8.91
Brackets (L shape) 4 per pack 6 neededLowes2$3.27$6.54
SUBTOTAL


$176.40





Minor Components




1" Black Mounting Base for Cable Ties 10pxHome Depot1$4.36$4.36
Wood Screws #6 x 3/4" 1 boxHome Depot1$3.92$3.92
8 in Black Mounting Tie 100pkHome Depot1$8.47$8.47
Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) 6 in potHome Depot1$7.98$7.98
Spathiphyllum (a.k.a. Peace Lily, Brazilian Sword)Home Depot1$9.98$9.98
SUBTOTAL


$34.71
TOTAL


$211.11

Tony Griffitts

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Aug 24, 2014, 10:34:09 AM8/24/14
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Here's a couple new photos of this tank.  LED's are doing a very good job.  Plant growth has been very good.  Even though the tank is heavily stock with livebearers, nitrate accumulation has only been about 5 ppm per week. The corkscrew val has gotten much taller than in any other aquarium I have ever kept it in.  The leaves on the Crypto. wendtii (Red) are now about 2 inches wide and are getting near the surface.






Tony Griffitts

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Sep 14, 2014, 12:29:53 PM9/14/14
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Some new photos from today.





Brian Anderson

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Jan 6, 2015, 12:59:33 AM1/6/15
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That looks great! Are the lights still working good for you? anything you would change?

Tony Griffitts

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Jan 6, 2015, 10:18:39 AM1/6/15
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Everything is still working good.  I'll have to take some new photos and post them.

Tony Griffitts

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Jan 11, 2015, 6:42:20 PM1/11/15
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Here's an updated photo.


Brian Anderson

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Jan 11, 2015, 11:21:44 PM1/11/15
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It look great.  is that pothos growing on top?  what is it growing in?

Tony Griffitts

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Jan 12, 2015, 9:45:53 AM1/12/15
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It is.  Just growing out of the water.  Here's a link to the article: http://www.aquaworldaquarium.com/Articles/TonyGriffitts/DIY_LED.htm

Tony Griffitts

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Oct 4, 2015, 7:57:15 PM10/4/15
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Here are some new pics taken today:







Tony Griffitts

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Aug 12, 2016, 8:25:26 PM8/12/16
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Updated photo of this tank 2 years after installing the 5000K LED Spot Lights.


Tony Griffitts

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Mar 11, 2017, 9:01:45 PM3/11/17
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New photo taken today.
 


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