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Old 10-18-2012, 04:24 AM
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Default Re: LED strip lighting for vivarium

Originally Posted by mordalphus View Post
That kind of LED is so dim I dont think it would be worth looking at. I am using 40 watts of high power LED above my 29 gallon tank, it would take a lot of led tape to make that kind of light.
It's available in a variety of output densities. Plus, as you point out, you can always use a lot of it. :-)

Here's a 40 breeder I use for growing out viv plants; it's lit with 8 strips of SMD 5050 LEDS (5 cool white, 3 warm white) -

There are more efficient options, but not many that lend themselves as nicely to low profile lighting. I've got plants growing under flexible LED strips, plus I also have some of the screw in LED units like yours, and some "reef-style" DIY units.

It's all good, and it can all be made to work, depending on what your application is.
Chuck Lawson
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