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LED experiments begin

This is a discussion on LED experiments begin within the Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I would be interested. What sort of setups/configurations are you looking to try these with? ...

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    I would be interested. What sort of setups/configurations are you looking to try these with?

    A couple that I can think of are:

    Individual plants
    Shelf lighting
    Small terrarium
    Large terrarium

    Do you know what the vertical space the units will require will be? That is one thing on my shelves: the flouro fixtures take up a good portion of the vertical space for taller plants.

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    I'd be delighted to help. I can do any type of set up you want to test indoors, and have catt alliance, paphs, phals and a few others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IdahoOrchid View Post
    I would be interested. What sort of setups/configurations are you looking to try these with?

    Do you know what the vertical space the units will require will be?
    The board is thin, so the fixture dimensions won't be a problem...I believe there are also lots of slim options for the 12 power source. However, as usual one must take into account beam spread from the light source. This factor is going to be an *unknown* until I have the boards in hand and wire up some protos. I suppose it would be possible to wire in different LEDs depending on how far you plan on placing it from the plant.

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    did you ever get all your testing done? What did you find? I am looking for a better, cheaper idea for lighting when I get enough money to purchase lights so I read the whole thread. Interesting thoughts.

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    LED lighting seems to be a plausible alternative from fluroescents. Low electricity and low heat. I hope the experiments will have the desired results.

    I also heard of people trying them on coral reef systems. They require way more light than an orchid! (My 10gallon reef uses 90Wpowercompacts ,I think made by bent T5 diameter tubes, T5 being the most efficient of the fluorescents. While a 80W shop light with T12 regular tubes can house a small collection of 15-30 plants) I don't know how they are working for reefs but I think I read somewhere that they are on the market in europe(?)

    I've also heard Mahon mention about his red and blue LEDs before...

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    Quote Originally Posted by smartie2000 View Post
    LED lighting seems to be a plausible alternative from fluroescents. Low electricity and low heat. I hope the experiments will have the desired results.

    I also heard of people trying them on coral reef systems. They require way more light than an orchid! (My 10gallon reef uses 90Wpowercompacts ,I think made by bent T5 diameter tubes, T5 being the most efficient of the fluorescents. While a 80W shop light with T12 regular tubes can house a small collection of 15-30 plants) I don't know how they are working for reefs but I think I read somewhere that they are on the market in europe(?)

    I've also heard Mahon mention about his red and blue LEDs before...
    I have just read a brief review of a new LED unit for use on marine aquaria. These are available in Germany. They do seem to be the cure all, apart from the price that is. The review quoted £1000 for a unit 4 foot by 2 foot by 2 foot. Being new on the market means precise specifications are hard to come by. But the positive side is that the price will probably fall quite quickly. If I get any more info I'll post it here.

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    21-bulb mini-array has arrived!

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    But what does it look like turned-on!? I don't know, I don't have a 12v battery on hand but I'll have one tomorrow.

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    Wow, that is small... I can't wait...

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    It is smaller than I thought you were planning on working with. Forget the battery...pick up a 12V transformer

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