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scrumpto
02-08-2012, 01:54 AM
Trying to figure out which LED light to buy? Here's some charts for you...

Picking a 150w Metal Halide bulb was a piece of cake compared to all the LED lighting options out there. So I've created a few charts to help us shoppers out. I've tried to make it as accurate as possible but I'm sure there will be a few errors here and there (always is). Additionally, I've heard that Bridgelux LED's have lower par than CREE's or that they're of lower quality. No idea how true that is so I can't account for it.

That said, here's the chart sorted a few different ways.
First is by $/watt
Second is $/watt with an extra $100 added on to the RapidLED kits as they don't come with everything. That way we're at least able to fake comparing apples to apples when looking at a kit compared to a complete fixture. Note, this is the last column on the right.
Third is straight price for those looking for something within a given budget.

Here you go -- enjoy and if you buy something, please give us a review and post pics!

$/Watt
http://www.moriah.com/reef/images/led-prices1.jpg

$/Watt with $100 added to all RapidLED
http://www.moriah.com/reef/images/led-prices2.jpg

By Price Low to High
http://www.moriah.com/reef/images/led-prices3.jpg

Aricml
02-08-2012, 02:17 AM
Really impressive legwork, these charts are wonderful! I just made a RapidLed kit and hung it up tonight and do not regret it, but at the same time I can say that $100 for extras wasn't even close to enough for me.

scrumpto
02-08-2012, 02:45 AM
Please post pics and details on your build. Also, what all did you have to buy extra?

Aricml
02-08-2012, 03:13 AM
My build thread (http://www.thescmas.com/forums/showthread.php?10732-A-beginner-s-LED-build)
I've actually been keeping a build thread going, feel free to check it out. Im getting to the end of updating the thread where I'll have a cost breakdown but for an idea of what I needed to buy; 2 x packs wire wrap, 8-position speaker terminal, 2 x 120mm case fan, fan speed control kit, small project box, 40' 12 ga wire, solder, 20' 18ga wire, epoxy, acrylic, acrylic scoring tool, electrical tape, shrink wrap, wire connector terminals, 9 volt battery, alligator clip leads, wire cutter/crimper, drywall toggle mounts, rubber stopper plugs, large mount for drivers etc..

Sorry to get off-topic, because I love the charts you've made. I'm a sucker for numbers and analytical metrics so what you've done is beautiful to me.

Reefkoi
02-08-2012, 10:18 AM
very cool chart!! great job :)

JLAURENCE32
02-08-2012, 10:36 AM
Yeah, nice job! I've been having so many problems with ATI T5 bulbs lately that I've been thinking of breaking down and doing the LED's and this chart really helps. Thanks!

scrumpto
02-08-2012, 05:18 PM
Glad you guys have found it useful. I had to create it as in my mind DIY was coming up as expensive as a commercial product. With the exception of the Evo units I found this wasn't true so the units have really helped me visualize costs.

My motivation also is that I don't believe the blue/white units give off enough full spectrum for me. Sure, plenty of people have great growth under them but I prefer to not limit things and want to run some tests.

J&A Timberlake
02-09-2012, 10:22 AM
awesome chart man! ty for sharing. we just purchased 3 evo 150s from reefkoi and this chart confirmed a great purchase. thanks.