LED fixtures where to find/purchase a decent one that is affordable
I am considering purchasing an LED fixture, recently someone posted a link to a seller here, and I cannot seem to find it. Or I found the link but it did not lead to the advert I saw before. I wondered into an aquarium shop yesterday, and saw some interesting fixtures but they were going for up to $500 and more. Some they had used for $100, and cripes! Two plug ins, dimmable, two colors, seperately dimmable, timers, on and on it went. Evidently to pretty much mimic the sun. Which is great, but I think I need a lower end product, a cheaper one anyway. Surely some of those features are nice, but are they really useful? Separate controls, dimmers? The timer is a no brainer. Thoughts, ideas? I would like to find something in the 36 inch range, and with a way to hang that is adjustable, say ten to 15 inches...I forgot to mention three fans, I guess they all have/require fans? Thanks for any info.
Be careful of the aquarium LED fixtures, the two I have are just not working for emersed growth plants any better than a stand cheap single T5/T8. For aquatic plants (what they were designed for) they are working great.
Now if you already have a setup consider just adding a http://www.rapidled.com/4-led-solderless-moonlight-kit/, you still would need a heatsink + lenses (and make sure to have them replace the blue LEDs with the color of your choice) but it would give you something to play around with for not that much of an investment before you spent the real $$.
Here is all the US test runs I know of.
Can also search though http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/, a lot of them are using a screw in LED bulb with good results but its nothing I'm interested in.
Some UK info that can be useful.
Last edited by RSS; 12-08-2014 at 09:00 AM.
I got this 36 inch 6500k white, 5700 Lumen, LED aquarium light for 59.99 recently. I hope it isn't one that doesn't work very well like RSS said. Here is the link http://www.aquatraders.com/LED-Aquar...n-p/56366p.htm
Post up a thread in the http://www.terraforums.com/forums/fo...nd-Bog-Gardens section and take a pic every few weeks so others can get an idea. The more people posting up info the better imo.
Millipede's thread is a great format to follow, it is very clear how the lighting has affected the plants so far.
I'll do a thread on my light for sure. The big boy I got from you is going under it.
Originally Posted by RSS
I had thought of a multibulb t-5 or t-8 fixture to mount over or suspend above the area I wish to light, and the width is 39". For most all 36" bulb multibulb fixtures the overall length is 40" or greater. I had started to lean in the directions of led's when I saw how much light carried over a given area relative to the size of the fixture itself. Guess I will keep looking. And give it some more thought. Thanks for all the info!
If you do go the route of T5/8 I'd look into the 4 ft fixture prices. They are mass produced compaired to 3 ft ones and the pricing may be less depending on when you actually purchase one. I am currently lighting a 36" area with a 48" T5 fixture just for that reason.
I'd still recommend LEDs over T5s if you can afford the higher up front costs, do the DIY work, and have time to do the research. I have not seen any reviews/trials of premade LEDs that had good results, but I have not looked in over a year.
Formerly pond boy
If you go the t5 route I'd check out speedyliquidation on ebay. I got my rft 8 bulb t5HO with bulbs $110 shipped. Good fixture if a bit flimsy on the reflector.
Trouble is the area I would mount or suspend the fixture from is 39 inches. The larger one would not fit. The area I want to light below it is the same size. I know it is an odd size, but the place was built before I got there. Maybe some day I will contemplate a tent or minigreenhouse in the house. I have one but am not sure how to incorporate it and not have it look like it does not belong in the house. Which is pretty small in the first place. About the led thing, I would consider as variables I guess, if things grew about the same as with fluorescent lamps, and if there were a cost savings in less electricity used, or less heat generated, or something else to charge off to the higher start up cost. Or longer bulb life or??
Even with the extra cords and all, that one fixture at the aquarium store was pretty ace, if a bit knocked about.
Last edited by pearldiver; 12-08-2014 at 04:23 PM.