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Aquarium light DIY kit for fresh and sea water

Simulate sunrise, sunset, clouds, lightning and moon phases in your fish tank.

News (Oct 16th 2016)


BlueTWILED (LED controller) and most of the LEDs are in stock and available immediately. Nonetheless, please plan your demands in good time.

On request, BlueTWILED 2.x SLAVE is available with fan ports (so that two additional fans can be connected per board).

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Aquarium light DIY kit for fresh and sea water

This aquarium light was built using BlueTWILED 2.x and 8pcs 10 watt pure white and 2pcs 10 watt RGB LEDs. The fish tank measures 120 by 40 by 50 cm³ (3.9 by 1.3 by 1.6 cu.ft.), close to 240 liters (63 gal).

The micro controller on BlueTWILED drives the LEDs so that the shown play of colors occurs. All points in time and the colors are freely programmable by IR remote (optional), Android app and/or Windows software. For easy adjustment there is already a default setting for twilight, sunrise, daylight, sunset and twilight present. On top of that clouds are being simulated. Thunderstorms with lightning and a moon phase simulation are available as well.

For cooling purposes the LEDs in this example are mounted onto a 3 mm (1/8“) thick aluminium plate, which is cooled by two quiet fans. BlueTWILED also controls those depending on brightness (= power).

The above video shows the “transition from red to blue”, i.e. the actual sunset before twilight hour. The fading happens smoothly, without any visible steps, within one minute. You can see that the fish are already conditioned, since they are automatically fed about three minutes after nightfall. So the transition already causes a bit of disturbance.

Much more tranquility can be observed in the following videos of our customers fish tanks:

Here you can see refraction and shadow effects during daylight, which can only be generated by point-shaped light sources such as the sun (or LEDs or HQI lamps):

The illumination controller can be used for both fresh and salt water. Corals love short wavelengths, so cold white and royal blue LEDs are ideal.

A few still images, provided by our customers:

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