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    I want to build a led light system for a 36 inch long 46 gallon bow front. I would like to be able to grow plants with it. I am very confused on this whole led thing. Is there any good sights out there that would give me more info.

    If anyone has any plans that would cost in the $200 dollar range I am all ears

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    All that I have read about LED's is that they are not great for plant growth but I admit to knowing nothing about them at all.

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    I saw that some one used store bought led light bulbs and sockets. could you grow plants with those

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    If i used 40 if these would I get enough light

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    What do you think of this

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    I just got a 36 " led fixture with 24 - 3w leds at 6500 k. It cost me 99.95 on ebay. I havent had it long enough to tell if it really works but I will say it seems a little dimmer than my 78w t5ho fixture with the same k value and the same length. The one I got does have two different settings for light levels. There are name brand plant led fixtures but for 36" they were over $300.

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    Just looked at your links....that is the fixture I got...looks like they have lowered the price since I got mine.

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    let me know how it works

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    can a normal led bulb be dimmed or would it have to be labeled dim able.

    I was thinking about getting 5-10 gu10 light sockets attaching power cords plug them in to a power strip, power strip in to dimmer switch, dimmer switch into timer, timer into wall. I would use 9 watt (3 3 watt leds in one) bulbs.

    bulbs would be supported by a stand.

    Would I have to do any kind of heat management system for this?

    What do you all think?

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    Here is THE link you need, I suggest you read all of the overview as well as the sections about Kelvin & PAR and then you will have laid the groundwork to read the LED section.

    This is not light reading [Pun intended] but it is not overly technical either and is easily understood when digested in small chunks.

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