Thanks all. I'll try to take all questions individually.
Kate, good idea, see below.
Dazzy, when have you known me to get technical ........ more pics when I've done something to photograph ......
Brandon, I got them from a German company called Dotlight, a quick google should find them. They are not cheap. About 9 or 10 dollars each + shipping. Not entirely sure how I'll wire them yet, more than likely 2 sets of 7 in series as I have a top notch 24V power supply to hand.
mike, I don't like to give it a downer for performance as I've not tried 1 but I think the Solaris is ugly !! looks like some1 left an 80's video player on top of a tank !!! for the money it should look better. Having said that I'd love to have a play with 1. I also think their control system is far superior to anything I'm likely to come up with though I'm sure this adds greatly to the cost & isn't something most people would use much.
Anyway as I darn't go against the youpster's wishes here's some shots of the mkI
I started off with 160 white & 80 blue, 5mm, 15,000 mfd, 40 degree, discrete LED's. They are mounted in 2 lengths of inverted white plastic gutter.
Not so bright with the lights on
From the back, covers off
On the tank covers off. Incidentally the covers are 2 black, inverted, similar section, lengths of gutter that sit on top of the white 1's. I would point out that this is not a show tank ..... more an experimental 1. mrst would not allow gutter in the front room
I wasn't happy with the intensity or the colour so added 60 more whites and 20 reds to bring the total to 420. It works and the plants grow pretty vigorously but it doesn't challenge the 72W of T5's that were on the tank previously. Hence the Luxeons.