DIY led cheap and works
I'm building my DIY LED as well
Here are the parts -- total cost will be around $230-$240 (mostly due to 70-80 dollar LED bulbs)
3x Ikea stainless steel mixing bowls
3x Ikea cord set (HEMMA)
3x par 38 23watt (80watt equivalent) LED bulbs dimmable - 6500k temp
1x bulb dimmer (relayed to all 3 bulbs for even light dimming.)
Led Light Bulbs, Led Lighting, Led T8 Fluorescent Tubes - LED Liquidators Inc.
I like LED fixtures, but IDK if I will ever be able to make one. I can make cheap HO T5 fixtures from scratch for like $50 that put out a LOT of light. I would like an LED fixture someday but I am still really iffy on if they will ever be significantly cost effective.
I just bought this for my 30" tank.
OceanReefDepot Ml Led Aquarium Light - $53.15 | We offer bulk discounts on ALL OceanReefDepot products.
$60 after shipping, I figure I would have spent much more if I tried a DIY LED..
Maybe I will try and set a separate light on there to allow plants to grow.
I just noticed you are in the Twin Cities. I'm not sure if you are aware of it or not, but the twin cities has the Minnesota Aquarium Society which is a fairly large and active group with regular auctions and meetings. The site is aquarium.mn and local forum is minnfish.com. Its a great way to get cheap tanks, equipment, and fish locally. You know to make sure your new hobby goes to full blown multiple tank syndrome ;-).
Haha it already has! But yes I will check that out, sounds pretty neat! I have been looking for a local fish club!
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