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hornemadness 10-17-2012 02:50 PM

LED strip lighting for vivarium
 
Hello all, I was wondering if anyone has had any experience or luck with using these for vivarium lighting. i have read some stuff online about using them for that purpose. Some of the information was good but there were some things that i am still curious about. Should i have the actual lights within the vivarium glued to the glass top? Should i silicone around the edges to make sure the tape on the back is not affected by the humidity? The tank is 3 feet long, 2 feet tall and 1 foot deep. I'm going to make it a high humidity viv for some black eared mantellas. Thanks in advance!
-Jesse

nonliteral 10-17-2012 03:11 PM

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.

hornemadness 10-17-2012 08:43 PM

Re: LED strip lighting for vivarium
 
hmm, i guess thats something to consider. I was under the impression that LED's didn't put out very much heat at all but i guess in the close confines of what is essentially a glassbox the heat might build up. Would you suggest then putting them on something that would go above the top of the viv? I'm just trying to avoid having something on top of the tank adding to the height of the whole thing.

SnakePaparazzi 10-17-2012 08:58 PM

LEDs don't put out as much heat overall as other lights due to having much less surface area however; they get a bit warm and put out direct heat (as mentioned above).

nonliteral 10-17-2012 10:10 PM

Re: LED strip lighting for vivarium
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by hornemadness (Post 781217)
Would you suggest then putting them on something that would go above the top of the viv? I'm just trying to avoid having something on top of the tank adding to the height of the whole thing.


Putting them on top works okay. You don't need much in the way of height -- just something rigid to mount them on (anything flexible will tend to bend as they heat and cool with on and off cycles) -- a piece of glass would work; something like a strip of aluminum might be better, as it will tend to conduct heat away from the strips.

I'd recommend leaving at least a half-inch of airspace between the strips and the top of the viv, to allow air to circulate and cool rather than transferring into the viv (or cooking the LEDs); you'll also want to insure that there's a bit of air flow around the fixture for the same reasons.

SnakePaparazzi 10-17-2012 11:48 PM

I'm not sure if you're referring to these LEDs, but here is how mine are mounted:
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/10/18/uzybejyz.jpg

hornemadness 10-18-2012 12:30 AM

Re: LED strip lighting for vivarium
 
i am actually referring to the kind that come is rolls, i think some people call it "light tape". The stuff is flexible and comes with some double stick tape on the back of it that allows you to stick it to things. They sell it for cars but that particular kind is usually always some weird colors.

mordalphus 10-18-2012 01:38 AM

Re: LED strip lighting for vivarium
 
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.

nonliteral 10-18-2012 04:24 AM

Re: LED strip lighting for vivarium
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mordalphus (Post 781311)
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) -

http://reprobatids.com/wp-content/up...elf-Close1.jpg

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.

jeeperrs 10-18-2012 02:10 PM

Re: LED strip lighting for vivarium
 
I really like my LEDs. I would not ever put them into the enclosure. The casing that holds the LEDs can get pretty warm. However, it is not nearly as hot as the T5s. My plants are doing well and I am very pleased with the lower heat being put out.

Venutus1 10-19-2012 01:07 PM

Re: LED strip lighting for vivarium
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mordalphus (Post 781311)
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.

I always tell people the same thing.
LOL.
Then they buy it anyway.
Then they throw it out after a few weeks.
;)
Cheers!
Todd

mordoria 10-19-2012 06:16 PM

I've found the led strips to be quite useful. The batch that I have is quite bright and very versatile. It's not a replacement for a good led bulb but the strips work well on some of my tanks.

Venutus1 10-19-2012 08:17 PM

Re: LED strip lighting for vivarium
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SnakePaparazzi (Post 781268)
I'm not sure if you're referring to these LEDs, but here is how mine are mounted:
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/10/18/uzybejyz.jpg

if any one is interested. i have ones 2 x as long under production.;)oh mods... please don't spank me for self promoting. :eek:

Cheers. Todd

heckler 10-28-2012 06:23 PM

Re: LED strip lighting for vivarium
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SnakePaparazzi (Post 781268)
I'm not sure if you're referring to these LEDs, but here is how mine are mounted:
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/10/18/uzybejyz.jpg

Are those 20 verts? I was looking at those lights for mine and was wondering how effective they are at lighting a 20 vert. Would I need 2?

SnakePaparazzi 10-28-2012 07:04 PM

Yup, those are over 20 verts. I also use them on all of my other tanks. They seem perfect for my 18 and 24 inch tall ExoTerras. I use 2 of the 13w Jungle Dawn LEDs for my 36 wide Exos.

Edit: I want to add that I use 1 LED for each 20.

Pumilo 10-28-2012 08:13 PM

Re: LED strip lighting for vivarium
 
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Here are some comparison pics of the Jungle Dawn 13 watt LED's I installed.
Here we have four 25 gallon, slope front vivs, side by side. The first pic shows them under their old lighting, which was a 2 tube, 4 foot, T8 shop fixture. Tubes are 32 watts each, for a total of 64 watts.

Second shot has four 13 watt Light Your Reptiles Jungle Dawn LEDs installed, one over each viv. That is a total of 52 watts. They brought my overall frog room temps down appreciably, are brighter overall, and use less electricity.

Other shots show the LED strip build.

papafrogger 10-28-2012 08:18 PM

Re: LED strip lighting for vivarium
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Pumilo (Post 784343)
Here are some comparison pics of the Jungle Dawn 13 watt LED's I installed.
Here we have four 25 gallon, slope front vivs, side by side. The first pic shows them under their old lighting, which was a 2 tube, 4 foot, T8 shop fixture. Tubes are 32 watts each, for a total of 64 watts.

Second shot has four 13 watt Light Your Reptiles Jungle Dawn LEDs installed, one over each viv. That is a total of 52 watts. They brought my overall frog room temps down appreciably, are brighter overall, and use less electricity.

Other shots show the LED strip build.

I apologize for the off subject question. Are the spots on the glass algae? If so does that become a problem over time?

Pumilo 10-28-2012 08:30 PM

Re: LED strip lighting for vivarium
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by papajuggalo (Post 784344)
I apologize for the off subject question. Are the spots on the glass algae? If so does that become a problem over time?

Yes, algae, frog poop, and general assorted slimes. Those side walls have deliberately NOT been cleaned in two years now. It serves as a visual barrier to the frogs next door. I don't clean the side walls on any of my breeder vivs. I save that for my displays.

It has nothing to do with LEDs. It will grow/form over any viv over time if you let it. Sometimes it wipes off quite easily. If it's been there a really long time, it may take a razer blade to scrape off dried spots.

papafrogger 10-28-2012 08:47 PM

Re: LED strip lighting for vivarium
 
Thanks pumilo. I was a little worried about it overrunning the tank. I really like your idea for making the light strips. About how much was the cost for materials?

Pumilo 10-29-2012 12:02 AM

Re: LED strip lighting for vivarium
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by papajuggalo (Post 784350)
Thanks pumilo. I was a little worried about it overrunning the tank. I really like your idea for making the light strips. About how much was the cost for materials?

The "housing" is just plastic rain gutter. I think it's around $10 for a 12 foot strip. It cuts easily into whatever length you need. A few bucks for nuts and bolts.
You'll need to go to Todd at Light Your Reptiles for pricing. He supplied the 13 watt Jungle Dawn LEDs and the hood-less horizontal sockets.

diggenem 10-29-2012 02:35 AM

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http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/10/29/2apu4yvu.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/10/29/sagaba8a.jpgI know this thread is about led strip lighting but has anyone tried led spot bulbs from Lowes or home depot? I picked up an 18w rated at 5000k and it is brighter and whiter than my 26w cfl. The bulbs are expensive compared to cfl's too at $39 a pop, but considering the savings on energy and bulb life I feel it's worth it. Any thoughts?

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moraki 10-30-2012 04:19 AM

Re: LED strip lighting for vivarium
 
Are you talking about the type made for can light and junction box installation? I install them all the time for house hold use ( im a handyman) Just fyi my local lowes had them for 25 since this weekend.

diggenem 10-31-2012 12:27 AM

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Originally Posted by moraki (Post 784792)
Are you talking about the type made for can light and junction box installation? I install them all the time for house hold use ( im a handyman) Just fyi my local lowes had them for 25 since this weekend.

They screw in a normal socket like the average lightbulb so I just put them in a dome fixture. I plan on getting another one and running it in a double fixture.

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singhm29 11-01-2012 03:24 PM

Re: LED strip lighting for vivarium
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SnakePaparazzi (Post 781268)
I'm not sure if you're referring to these LEDs, but here is how mine are mounted:
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/10/18/uzybejyz.jpg

Those are neat lights, do they need a specific type of fixture or would a standard aquarium fixture work with those?

singhm29 11-01-2012 03:33 PM

Re: LED strip lighting for vivarium
 
Nevermind I answered my own question after checking out the product description

lucifer 08-08-2015 01:04 PM

Re: LED strip lighting for vivarium
 
I bought these LED light strips recently. I think they are typically used for Christmas lighting or something. They are inexpensive, look great and very, very easy to install. You can also choose the color and change the use of a remote control. I like settings brown-green for vivarium it seems more "exotic".

chris24jaime 04-20-2016 12:42 AM

Re: LED strip lighting for vivarium
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by lucifer (Post 2438970)
I bought these LED light strips recently. I think they are typically used for Christmas lighting or something. They are inexpensive, look great and very, very easy to install. You can also choose the color and change the use of a remote control. I like settings brown-green for vivarium it seems more "exotic".

Do you have any pics of how this looks? I would like to try for accent lighting.


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