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    Help Lizard / Plants lighting

    Hi everyone,

    I'm trying to build a light for my terrarium (like aquarium, just for reptiles :P ).
    The specs are:
    I need about 2500-3000 lumen output (for the plants to grow properly), of natural light + some red light, led of choice: nichia 219, so I figured I'll need about 12 nichia's, perhaps 4 tripple stars and 3 red xr-es?
    Max flood, as this thing should cover a very close surface (20" or so) but I dont want too much light 'escaping' through the glass walls, is there anything I can do?
    About the input - I live in Israel so its a 220 socket, anything special I should know? Could you point me to specific drivers and adapters I'll need?
    About temp managment - All of the leds will be mounted on an aluminium rail with some cooling fins. if that wont be enoguh I can add some active cooling as well.
    Another thing, I have no experience at building fixed lights, so any guides/tips will be more than great!

    Thanks!


    Edit: the tank size is 24/17/17" approx (h/w/l)
    Last edited by ever4ever; 06-28-2012 at 03:55 PM.

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    Default Re: Lizard / Plants lighting

    There are quite a few threads about building aquarium lighting on CPF that should be of help to you...one question though, will you still be using a "reptile light bulb" to provide the IR and UV the lizards need? Or were you planing to try LEDs for that as well?

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    Default Re: Lizard / Plants lighting

    Quote Originally Posted by mahoney View Post
    There are quite a few threads about building aquarium lighting on CPF that should be of help to you...one question though, will you still be using a "reptile light bulb" to provide the IR and UV the lizards need? Or were you planing to try LEDs for that as well?
    The type of lizards I have doesnt require UV/IR light so I dont think so, unless theres a hidden value for the plants (?).

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