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coryclay
01/27/2011, 08:23 AM
I posted this for anyone interested in what they could do with a CurrentUSA Nova Extreme fixture. I used 4" x 6.5" heatsinks from some old equipment I had and mounted 9 CREE LEDs to each. I was able to mount the Drivers inside the rear of the housing where the T5 ballasts had been with no problem.

I was able to re-use the existing switches and exhaust fan, but I did end up installing 2 tiny fans at each end of the fixture to help keep the heatsinks cool.

I had originally planned on placing the heatsinks on top of the unit and drilling holes for the LEDs as you can see from my drawings, but there was room to hang them inside and flow air through.

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_kGAbu5AXgZw/TUF4fBvEwzI/AAAAAAAACak/1ug08VXP860/Aquarium%20hood_with%2090%20tank%20and%20light%20sim%2060%20lenses.jpg


It was a fairly easy project. The planning took the most time.

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_kGAbu5AXgZw/TUF4g1x4kHI/AAAAAAAACaw/4uvXZyefJYs/LED%20wiring.jpg

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_kGAbu5AXgZw/TUF4hBmgTQI/AAAAAAAACa0/zN0up6L1VUs/IMAG0176.jpg


http://lh6.ggpht.com/_kGAbu5AXgZw/TUF4i4WdSmI/AAAAAAAACbI/nxlYem3owjo/IMAG0177.jpg

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_kGAbu5AXgZw/TUF4jS7M6wI/AAAAAAAACbQ/eQN9RQqjfHM/IMAG0178.jpg

gpkozmp
01/27/2011, 08:31 AM
that is pretty cool...where did you buy your LED's from? If you don't mind me asking how much did you pay for it all?

GvineReefer
01/27/2011, 08:32 AM
Looks great. I've been considering doing the same. How did you mount the heat sinks in to the fixture?

raw88gt
01/27/2011, 09:12 AM
what size optics? also any photos over the tank? thanks!

coryclay
01/27/2011, 01:21 PM
that is pretty cool...where did you buy your LED's from? If you don't mind me asking how much did you pay for it all?

the LED kit was from RapidLED 36 led kit ~ 300$. Heat sinks I already had.

coryclay
01/27/2011, 01:33 PM
heat sinks had threaded holes through them so they are suspended with machine screws from the top.

The lenses are 60 degrees.

I have this on a 90 Gal but I really think it would be better for a 55 gal since the fixture is pretty narrow. Time will tell.

The tank is pretty new so I am having some algae issues. Please try to ignore them.

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_kGAbu5AXgZw/TUHHw8yzQkI/AAAAAAAACgQ/yfIy8hsVHvY/s912/100_1074.JPG

Harry_Y
01/27/2011, 01:51 PM
Pretty Slick!

Makes it look "Factory Made"

juldelf
01/27/2011, 01:55 PM
Looks great

coryclay
01/27/2011, 02:25 PM
Thanks for the comments. Hopefully this is the end of overpriced fluorescent tubes.

sirreal63
01/27/2011, 03:38 PM
That's the best use for a Current fixture I have ever seen. Kudos on a great job!