When you are planning to use diy led aquarium lighting, there is need to know the several colors that are available. There are several colors that are available for use in the aquarium and each is suitable for various types of aquariums. Some of the colors available include cool blue, cool white, royal blue, neutral white, deep red, ultraviolet, turquoise as well as cyan.
In most arrays, neutral white and royal blue are the backbone of most arrays. You can be able to construct an array by use of only these two colors but some people may include other colors for photosynthesis as well as aesthetic purposes. By including corals, one can benefit from the inclusion of ultraviolet light. There are also other many colors of LEDS that are useful in bringing several colors on the corals that can get washed out by royal blue or traditional color combination.
When it comes to gluing the LEDS, it depends with the preference of how you want your aquarium to be. Gluing gives you more flexibility according to where you want to place the LEDs on the heat sink. Screwing gives one the ability to replace as well as remove the LED. Pre-drilled heat sinks can be more expensive since drilling a heat sink can be more laborers.
When it comes to dimming of the array, there are several suggestions that you may use in order to dim any array. It’s not a must you do so but there are several advantages that comes with it. Light acclimation is one of the benefits of dimming as increasing the amount of light suddenly in the tank can make your plants or corals to be overwhelmed. In case there is a sudden shock of light in your aquarium, it can make your sensitive organisms to be stressed and this may cause them to die.
Color tuning is very vital since in case you don’t tune the color for it to dim, you may be stuck on the blend of the LEDs that you give. In case you dim, you may fine tune the color of your light by dimming every color of light in a channel that is separate. You may also extend the life of the LEDs by working on their full strength that makes the LED to burn out much more easily. Running the LEDs at their full strength can help to increase the intensity by running it at a lower power level. Dimming your light can be done by use of potentiometers or you may use a reef controller like the ReefKeeper.
When using drivers in the aquarium, there is need to keep them protected as they are sensitive devices that should not be kept near the fish. Spills or evaporation can damage them and thus there is need to use long wires to mount on the drivers well away from the tank. In case you are mounting the LED array, there is need to try to mount them inside. Make sure that you store the drivers in the project box to maximize safety.