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Old 10-17-2012, 03:11 PM
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Default Re: LED strip lighting for vivarium

Hi Jesse;

Although LEDs give out a lot less heat than other light sources, they still put out a fair amount of heat; I suspect you'll find that putting them in the viv itself is going to add a lot heat that you don't want.

I mounted four 18" SMD 5050 strips on a piece of plastic and ran it over one of my vivs, and the temp on the back of the plastic ran around 117F, in a room with a ceiling fan and an ambient temp of 74F. Mounted outside the viv (an 18" Exo cube with a clear glass top), it would raise the temps in the viv by 1F-2F with the lights on; if it had been mounted inside, I'm sure it would have gotten much hotter.
Chuck Lawson
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