RA exclusive: DIY LED fixture of fun (SOL rip off)
by, 03-16-2011 at 04:15 PM (4398 Views)
After debating on what to do with my lighting ive decided to go LED id really like AI sol units but simply cant affoard 2 so im going to make 2 for the proce of 1 here is a simple sketchup i made just to get everyone excited, im going to need help from someone who knows electrical shortly so if you feel you can help let me know, when i get home from school today ill be posting some questions
okay so my fuxture(s) will each contain 18 (9)XP-E & (9)XP-G with 55&65 degree optics (not shown in sketchup) i choose to go this route to provide a ~15,000k look which will be controlable. each series of 9LEDs will be run by its own Mean Well ELN-60-48D which will in turn be controled my my reef keeper. my budget for the project is 500-600 if i go over i sill simply have to put the project on hold for a couple weeks
so my questions:
-do you think a Mean Well ELN-60-48D is too much to be powering 9 XP crees? on the website it say 8 is the minimum, i just want to be careful
-should i be implementing any type of fuse safetey or resistors?
-as you can see in the first pic the pattern of the two fixtures lead in to eachother;i debated this for a while, does anyone see the pros or cons of doing it like this?
im puting my order in tomorrow with rapid LED hoping to still be able to get upgraded to the XP-E royal blues...if not ill be super disapointed. my heatsinks im ordering next week. im taking this project slow im a college student currently working for American Eagle hours arent plentyful this time of year so funds are tight...on top of that im trying to pay off my student loan and stay ontop of my classes
i would like to add on a side note how pleased i am with RapidLEDs customer support they are extremly helpful, polite and most importantly they are fast! i can sent them an e-mail and 1-2 hours latter have a reply just about evey time