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10000K Planted

High Power, enhanced reds, purples and darker greens...

This planted tank fixture is a true 10000K light and is slightly cooler than our Dutch Planted 6300K. The 10000K provides a slight boost to the purple and red colors when compared to the 6300K, while subtly darkening the green colors. This fixture is powerful and will produce the light (PAR) needed to produce rapid plant growth in a CO2 injected “Hi-Tech” planted tank. With your fertilization and CO2 regime, this fixture will easily produce the PAR levels needed by light-hungry plants such as the Blyxa species or Glosso, among others. When using this fixture in a traditional “Lo-Tech” aquarium (no CO2 injection), we recommend the purchase of a dimmer when ordering so you can dial back the light intensity if needed. Please also see our Dutch Planted 6300K fixture.  Click on the Product Info tab below to review the technical details of this fixture.

Recommended for: Aquariums with or without CO2 injection where richer greens, purples and reds (on plant material or fish) are desired.

10000K Planted

High Power, enhanced reds, purples and darker greens...

This planted tank fixture is a true 10000K light and is slightly cooler than our Dutch Planted 6300K. The 10000K provides a slight boost to the purple and red colors when compared to the 6300K, while subtly darkening the green colors. This fixture is powerful and will produce the light (PAR) needed to produce rapid plant growth in a CO2 injected “Hi-Tech” planted tank. With your fertilization and CO2 regime, this fixture will easily produce the PAR levels needed by light-hungry plants such as the Blyxa species or Glosso, among others. When using this fixture in a traditional “Lo-Tech” aquarium (no CO2 injection), we recommend the purchase of a dimmer when ordering so you can dial back the light intensity if needed. Please also see our Dutch Planted 6300K fixture.  Click on the Product Info tab below to review the technical details of this fixture.

Recommended for: Aquariums with or without CO2 injection where richer greens, purples and reds (on plant material or fish) are desired.

Build The LED System That's Right For YOUR Corals & Fish

Build The LED System That's Right For YOUR Plants & Fish

Build the LED System That's Right For YOUR Refugium

Three Steps to Perfect Lighting

 Step 1: Select Your Aquarium Size

 Step 2: Select Your Fixture Length

Our Recommendations:

$119.00 per fixture

Reviews

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  1. perfect LED for high light req. plants

    Posted by John on Jul 31st 2014

    I have waited for 2-3 weeks for my led to be shipped...its a little long but its expected since its hand build. I already know what to expect since this is the second LED I've purchased from BMLED...and again it was perfect. I just started a new 10 gal. Planted tank with baby tears carpeting the fore and mid ground. 10 minutes after turning on the lights at 40% power I can see them pearl out of control. The only thing your have to worry about with their LED is to not over power your tank, and just like I was rec a dimmer switch...I also rec highly to purchase a dimmer to go with your lights. The construction is sleek and water proof. I have purchased other brands of LEDS ( marine land, fluvial etc) that is suppose to be okay for height light requirement plants and none have ever come close to BMLED... and the prices are comparable. You guys are not going to be disappointed.


  2. 10,000 planted LED

    Posted by Jim from Albany, NY on Jul 2nd 2014

    I am very happy with my first time shopping experience with this company. By calling on the phone and speaking with Cara - I saved SO MUCH TIME. She is a very active listener, when I was done telling her what I had and what I wanted to do - by listening to Cara's advice I could tell that she truly knows her stuff. I was all set to purchase a fixture that would have been way too powerful for what I truly needed.

    I am designing this planted aquarium slowly and now need to decide who to order a plant package from for a 75 gallon aquarium with a MTS and Seachem Flourite substrate.

    I think I will truly know what this puppy can do once I get that.
    Stay Tuned!


  3. Truly Fantastic!

    Posted by Jay on Jun 20th 2014

    I received my lights (10000K Planted and 6300K Dutch Planted) about two weeks ago. They replaced a triple tube T8 florescent fixture. They have been running about a week now and holy cow are the plants taking off! I do have CO2 on the tank as well and the plants were doing good, but now they are filling out nicely.

    There are many different plants in the tank, but I think I noticed the biggest change right away with the growth of the Anacharis. It went from somewhat leggy to more compact and much fuller. I have also just recently included some red leaf plants which have never grown for me and they are taking off too!

    Prior to purchase I contacted Build My LED via email and Nick was very helpful in making this recommendation.

    This was well worth it and I very happy with them.

    Thanks Again!


  4. Almost perfect

    Posted by Jim Clark on May 11th 2014

    I am tripping to the light fantastic and the compact dimensions of my 24 inch 10,000K planted.

    The cord from the driver to the fixture seems to be massive in relation to the required current. A thinner and/or more flexible cord here would make direct on glass placement and cord management a bit easier. Then again 34 watts at 12v needs a bigger conducted than 34 watts at 110v.

    Light spillage from the fixture an placement was solved by black 3/8 inch self stick weather stripping on the aquarium cover


  5. Excellent and great build quality

    Posted by Unknown on Apr 24th 2014

    I absolutely love the color this light puts out and also love the intensity of the light. I have this on top of my 75 gallon tank and it is actually very bright and I was at first not sure about the 90 degree light (assuming it was too narrow), but it does a very good job with spreading light in the tank. I may get a second to "fill" in more.


  6. Great light buy one

    Posted by Charlie Powers on Apr 12th 2014

    It didn't take long for the plants to wake up to this light.
    The 10000K is a very bright light and will make your plants grow like crazy.


  7. Great light

    Posted by Brian on Mar 20th 2014

    Absolutely love this light. This is the 2nd one we have bought. Slowly but surely all of our tanks are being switched from T5HO lights to buildmyled fixtures. Well worth the money!


  8. Fantastic Light

    Posted by Jeff Jennings on Mar 10th 2014

    I love the spectrum that this light produces, my plant growth is fantastic all the way to the substrate. Quality of the light itself is great, only gets slightly warm. I emailed Cara back and forth leading up to my purchase, she was extrememly helpful in finding the best option for my tank. Fantastic light and fantastic company.


  9. Very good quality

    Posted by Greg Spedding on Mar 3rd 2014

    Performs as described. Well made light and very good customer service. Easy, trouble free purchase and shipping from US to Australia. Not cheap; but if as expected the light provides years of reliable service will be good value long term. Would definitely recommend to a friend. Note: I purchased 2 x 3' lights with dimmers and stands.


  10. My 3rd BML strip purchase

    Posted by Lakshmi Jagannathan on Feb 23rd 2014

    I have a FlatBackHex 205gln tank and wanted some more light at the front so I bought the 60in 10K strip with 90deg beam.

    Prior to this, I had 2 72 inch strips placed over the tank, and while the front was still plenty bright for the plants, when the discus swam up the front top portions(top 6-8inches), they were less visible since the 2 fixtures were towards the tank center.

    I placed the 60inch fixture right near the front, and then angled the other 2 fixtures(which are 72in) by about 15degrees towards the back, and the overall tank is MUCH brighter....plant O2 production and growth is even more than it was before(it was plenty already).

    One interesting point, is that although the 60in fixture is right at the front of the tank, very little light escapes out of the tank....I wondered why it was actually less than before(when 2 fixtures were closer to the center), but I remembered high-school physics.....it's TIR(total internal reflection).
    With the fixture right at the front(2inches from edge), the light is hitting the front tank panel at a very shallow angle and reflects back into the tank. It looks to me that with the 2 fixtures angled by 15deg and the 3rd placed at the front, thanks to TIR I have more light, but more of the light is also staying in the tank.

    Something to consider when you are deciding on fixture placement.

    Awesome lights and great value!



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  • Adds a crisp feel to the tank’s appearance, helps define structure of your aqua-scape
  • Good color rendering capabilities. Enhances reds, purples and yellows; slightly darkens greens.
  • Formerly known as the “Freshwater Planted”.
  • U.S. made, industrial quality, fan-free LED fixture.
  • Top quality LEDs protected by heavy spray-proof aluminum case and tough, easy to clean polycarbonate cover.
  • Even, edge-to-edge light with no hot spots and no disco effect.
  • Dimmable from 100% to 10% when used with our manual dimmer or controller. Compatible with these controllers: Apex, Reef Keeper Lite and Reef Angel.
  • High PAR levels with immediate power savings compared to T5’s.
  • 50,000 hour projected life.
  • NOTE: The 18" fixture uses a 12" circuit board centered in an 18" fixture. The 30" fixture uses two 12" circuit boards with a 2" gap between the boards.

Note: For single fixture tanks, a 90° wide beam angle is recommended for tank mounting or “rim mounting” to ensure even distribution of the light. Click Here for beam angle diagrams and higher mounting applications. Click here to learn more about PAR levels.

Specifications:

LED Selections per 12" Board: (10) 5700K Cool White, (3) 660nm Deep Red, (2) 450nm Royal Blue

We purchase top-bin LEDs from the world's largest and most reputable LED manufacturers (i.e. Philips, Everlight, etc.).

We use 1W and 3W LEDs in our fixtures, and they are driven at 350mA to ensure long life and high electrical efficiency. Due to the large number of LEDs we use in every fixture, we do not need to overdrive the LEDs to achieve extremely high PAR ratings.

Product Features: 0-10V Dimmable Driver (Dimmable from 100% to 10%). Compatible with these controllers: Apex, Reef Keeper Lite and Reef Angel - IP66 Waterproof Rating- CE Safety Certification & ROHS Compliant- Built-to-Order in the USA- 3 Year Warranty- Innovative 'T-Rail' for Unlimited Mounting Options- Return within 30 Days for Full Product Refund- System Includes: LED fixture/power supply/8' cord/plug/mounting brackets

Technical Details

Fixture Length

  • 12"
  • 18"
  • 24"
  • 30"
  • 36"
  • 48"
  • 60"
  • 72"

PAR

Kelvin

  • 10000K
  • 10000K
  • 10000K
  • 10000K
  • 10000K
  • 10000K
  • 10000K
  • 10000K

Electrical Watts

  • 16
  • 16
  • 32
  • 32
  • 48
  • 64
  • 80
  • 96

Input Voltage

  • 110-277
  • 110-277
  • 110-277
  • 110-277
  • 110-277
  • 110-277
  • 110-277
  • 110-277

Operating Temperature

  • -4F to 110F
  • -4F to 110F
  • -4F to 110F
  • -4F to 110F
  • -4F to 110F
  • -4F to 110F
  • -4F to 110F
  • -4F to 110F

Predicted Fixture Life

  • 50,000 Hours
  • 50,000 Hours
  • 50,000 Hours
  • 50,000 Hours
  • 50,000 Hours
  • 50,000 Hours
  • 50,000 Hours
  • 50,000 Hours

Specifications

STEP #1. Select your aquarium size from the PULLDOWN menu above.
STEP #2. Select your preferred fixture length from the PULLDOWN menu above.
STEP #3. Select the light level you want from the options in the PULLDOWN menu above (see light level tab for more info on light levels).

The calculator will recommend the number of fixtures at the specific length you requested.

Full Spectrum and Supplemental Spectrum Combinations: Note that if the calculator recommends multiple fixtures for your reef aquarium, you can combine full spectrum fixtures (i.e. 12000K or 14000K fixtures) with supplemental fixtures (e.g. Super Actinic Reef, Pure UV and Purple Wave) to achieve a sunrise/sunset effect in your aquarium and still have approximately the same PAR values. Most people prefer a 1:1 or 2:1 ratio for full spectrum fixtures to supplemental reef fixtures.

About Beam Angles: Our general recommendation for tank mounted fixtures is 90 degrees and the majority of our reef customers select this angle and this is the default in the ordering box above. As a guideline, if you intend to suspend the fixture approximately 6” to 8” above the water, select the 75 degree beam angle. If you intend to suspend the fixture approximately 12” above the water, use the 60 degree beam angle.

About Beam Angles: Our general recommendation for tank mounted fixtures is 90 degrees and the majority of our freshwater customers select this angle and this is the default in the ordering box above. As a guideline, if you intend to suspend the fixture approximately 6” to 8” above the water, select the 75 degree beam angle. If you intend to suspend the fixture approximately 12” above the water, use the 60 degree beam angle. When using a 60 degree angle in a riparium or other situation where the light may be a foot or more above the water level we recommend that you monitor plant growth and modify the photoperiod accordingly.

About Fixture Length: Most people select a fixture that is the same length (left to right) as their tank and use our optional tank mounts to install it. If you plan on using a suspension kit and center the fixture over the tank your fixture can be a few inches shorter than the tank and provide full coverage in the aquarium.

Dimming Recommendation: This fixture emits high levels of light. If you plan to use it in a lightly planted environment (a few plants and a lot of exposed substrate or wood) we recommend the purchase of a dimmer with this fixture to avoid algae issues. This is especially important if you select the High or Ultra High light level during the ordering process.

PAR (Photosynthetically Active Radiation) defines the type of light that is needed by corals (specifically, coral’s symbiotic algae) for photosynthesis and it is measured in micromoles per square meter per second (μmol/m2/s). PPFD (Photosynthetic Photon Flux Density) is a measurement of the amount of PAR that falls on a given area every second, and it is an extremely important metric for successfully propagating corals in your aquarium. All of our LED fixtures emit extremely high PPFD levels -- far higher than any fixture in our price range.

For a deeper dive in PAR, PPFD and more click here.

PAR (Photosynthetically Active Radiation) defines the type of light that is needed by plants for photosynthesis and is measured in micromoles per square meter per second (μmol/m2/s). PPFD (Photosynthetic Photon Flux Density) is a measurement of the amount of PAR that falls on a given area every second, and it is an extremely important metric for successfully growing plants in your aquarium. All of our LED fixtures emit extremely high PPFD levels -- far higher than any fixture in our price range.

For a deeper dive in PAR, PPFD and more click here.

PAR (Photosynthetically Active Radiation) defines the type of light that is needed by macro algae for photosynthesis and it is measured in micromoles per square meter per second (μmol/m2/s). PPFD (Photosynthetic Photon Flux Density) is a measurement of the amount of PAR that falls on a given area every second, and it is an extremely important metric for successfully growing macro algae in your refugium. All of our LED fixtures emit extremely high PPFD levels -- far higher than any fixture in our price range.

For a deeper dive in PAR, PPFD and more click here.

To see a chart showing the PAR values delivered by this fixture with each available beam angle, click here.

You need to define a desired light level to calculate the number of fixtures needed on your tank. Use these definitions as a guide:

Ultra High Light is defined as the light level that should only be used by advanced aquarists and researchers seeking to maximize coral coloration through elevated chromoprotein levels. Ultra high light will usually require the use of multiple fixtures, and users should have experience in maintaining a reef aquarium under high PAR levels. Depending on the light levels the corals were previously exposed to, users should slowly acclimate their tank to this light level by using a manual dimmer or a controller.

High Light is defined as the light level you will need to successfully grow hard corals, including SPS. This will likely require the use of multiple fixtures. Depending on the light levels the corals were previously exposed to, users should slowly acclimate their tank to this light level by using a manual dimmer or a controller.

Medium Light is defined as the level that is most often used to successfully keep soft corals and LPS in your aquarium. In the event only one fixture is required and you want to add a supplemental fixture (Pure UV, Purple Wave or Super Actinic Reef), the use of a manual dimmer or controller is recommended to lower the total light level.

Viewing Light is used by those who don’t intend to grow coral but want an illuminated tank where the colors on fish will stand out.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The fixture calculator is designed to give you a recommendation on the number and length of fixtures needed to achieve a specified light requirement in the tank you select. Due to rounding, the calculator may return the same recommendation for multiple light levels. This is not an error.

For more help in determining the appropriate Light Level for your Saltwater aquarium, click here.

To see how much PAR this spectrum delivers in an aquarium, click here.

You need to define a desired light level to calculate the number of fixtures needed on your tank. Use these definitions as a guide:

Ultra High Light is usually only used for scientific or horticultural research purposes -- it is typically not advisable to use this light level in a freshwater home aquarium environment. If you believe you require this level of light e-mail us at: sales@buildmyled.com.

High Light. We define this as a level of light that can be used in heavily planted hi-tech tanks where CO2 injection is being used. In all conventional sizes of tank this level will provide the PAR needed by light hungry plants and, when used in conjunction with a fertilization schedule such as EI, CO2 injection and an appropriate photoperiod you will see thriving plants and high growth rates.

Medium Light. We define medium light as being most suitable for lo-tech planted tanks (with your preferred fertilization schedule) and soil tanks. The “medium” light level provides enough PAR that almost any plant will thrive -- though growth rates (speed) will be limited by the absence of the CO2 injection found in a hi-tech tank. That said, it is also perfectly acceptable to use medium light with CO2 injection -- in which case plant growth rates will be higher.

Viewing Light is for situations where the customer does not intend to use CO2 and wants an aquarium where they will be able to observe fish and easily grow lower light plants such as java fern, mosses and Anubias -- all of these should thrive under this light level if they receive proper fertilization.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The fixture calculator is designed to give you a recommendation on the number and length of fixtures needed to achieve a specified light requirement in the tank you select. Due to rounding, the calculator may return the same recommendation for multiple light levels. This is not an error.

For more help in determining the appropriate Light Level for your Freshwater aquarium, click here.

To see how much PAR this spectrum delivers in an aquarium, click here.

In order to get the best growth in your refugium, please follow these steps to properly configure your lighting system. A single fixture will effectively cover a 12” growing area in your refugium, but you can also use two fixtures per 12” area if you want maximum growth rates. See these diagrams as an example.

Refugium Spacing Diagram

To see how much PAR this spectrum delivers in an refugium, click here.

To achieve the highest light (PAR) levels in a reef aquarium with a single fixture (or single row of fixtures), we recommend the 75 or 90 degree beam angle mounted 2-3” above the water. Select the 75 degree beam angle on tanks measuring up to 12” wide (from front to back) and a 90 degree beam for tank widths over 12”.

When mounting at this height (2-3” above water line) the 60, 45 and 30 degree beam angles should only be used on aquariums with multiple rows of lights or to “target” a particular area. This level of light is usually only required in when you are trying to target specific areas of the aquarium (i.e. clams, island reefs, etc.).

Once you know your fixture mounting height, use the following guidelines:

Approximate distance above water line
  • 2-3" (I.E: Tank or Rim Mount)
  • 6"
  • 12"
  • 24"
  • Above 24"
Select this beam angle
  • 90 degree
  • 75 degree
  • 60 degree
  • 45 degree
  • 30 degree

Are you concerned about the beam angle because you have an unusually shaped tank or non-standard light requirements? Please use this forum link to request information on other heights or configurations from our lighting design team. Describe your tank dimensions, lighting goals and let us know what type of corals you are keeping in your reef aquarium.

To see how much PAR this spectrum delivers in an aquarium, click here.

To achieve the highest light (PAR) levels in a freshwater aquarium with a single fixture (or single row of fixtures), we recommend the 75 or 90 degree beam angle mounted 2-3” above the water. Select the 75 degree beam angle on tanks measuring up to 12” wide (from front to back) and a 90 degree beam for tank widths over 12”.

When mounting at this height (2-3” above water line) the 60, 45 and 30 degree beam angles should only be used on aquariums with multiple rows of lights or to “target” a particular area. This level of light is usually only required in saltwater aquariums where high light levels are needed in a specific area and is not advised in a freshwater environment.

Once you know your fixture mounting height, use the following guidelines:

Once you know your fixture mounting height, use the following guidelines:

Approximate distance above water line
  • 2-3" (I.E: Tank or Rim Mount)
  • 6"
  • 12"
  • 24"
  • Above 24"
Select this beam angle
  • 90 degree
  • 75 degree
  • 60 degree
  • 45 degree
  • 30 degree

Are you concerned about the beam angle because you have an unusually shaped tank or non-standard light requirements? Please use this forum link to request information on other heights or configurations from our lighting design team. Describe your tank dimensions, lighting goals and tell us if you are using CO2 enrichment.

To see how much PAR this spectrum delivers in an aquarium, click here.

To achieve the highest light (PAR) levels in your refugium, please use this guide to select the appropriate beam angle. Since the water level is typically lower in a refugium than in an aquarium, we recommend these beam angles based on the distance between the light fixture and the water line in the refugium.

Approximate distance from light fixture to water line
  • 1-3"
  • 6"
  • 12"
  • 13-18"
  • Above 18"
Select this beam angle
  • 90 degree
  • 75 degree
  • 60 degree
  • 45 degree
  • 30 degree

To see how much PAR this spectrum delivers in an refugium, click here.

Shipping Options:
Your fixture will be securely packed and delivered by UPS, FedEx or USPS based on your location. When we receive your order, we will e-mail you an Order Confirmation. We will email you the tracking number as soon as we ship the order. You can use the tracking number to determine your precise delivery date.

Damage:
In the unlikely event your fixture is damaged, simply e-mail or call us. We will need your Order ID which appears as “Order ID#0000” on your e-mailed Order Confirmation. We will issue a Return Material Authorization (RMA) so you can ship the damaged fixture back to us (at no charge). We will then build and ship you a replacement product. We build everything to order, but we prioritize warranty replacements above regular orders.

Prompt Turnaround!
Your LED fixture is built by hand in Austin, TX by people who CARE about quality and performance. Our goal is to produce your fixture, test it, package it, and get it into the shipping system within five business days. Sometimes this will not happen due to weather, natural disaster, illness, or if we are just really busy! You will receive an email from one of our assembly team members when we start building your custom light.

Shipping Options:

Your controller will be securely packed and delivered by FedEx or USPS based on your location. When we receive your order, we will e-mail you an Order Confirmation. We will email you the tracking number as soon as we ship the order, so you can use the tracking number to determine your precise delivery date.

Damage:

In the unlikely event your controller is damaged, simply e-mail or call us. We will need your Order ID which appears as “Order ID#0000” on your e-mailed Order Confirmation. We will issue a Return Material Authorization (RMA) so you can ship the damaged controller back to us (at no charge). We will then build and ship you a replacement product. We build everything to order, but we prioritize warranty replacements above regular orders.

Prompt Turnaround!

Your controller is built by hand in Austin, TX by people who CARE about quality and performance. Our goal is to produce your controller, test it, package it, and get it into the shipping system within five business days. Sometimes this will not happen due to weather, natural disaster, illness, or if we are just really busy! You will receive an email from one of our assembly team members when we start building your order.

Your fixture is engineered and built in the USA. It is a heavy duty, industrial quality product that is designed to last for many years. If something is not working properly or if you are not 100% satisfied, WE WANT TO KNOW. Feel free to send us your comments and questions at info@buildmyled.com. If you have a lighting design question, please post it on our forum link.

G U A R A N T E E


Both PRE-CONFIGURED and CUSTOM fixtures are guaranteed against manufacturing defects for three years. In addition, you can return any pre-configured fixture within 30 days for a refund of the product purchase price or exchange if you are not completely satisfied with it.

Note that while CUSTOM CONFIGURED fixtures are guaranteed against manufacturing defects for 3 years, the 30-day return policy does NOT apply to CUSTOM CONFIGURED fixtures (i.e. where you select the individual LEDs) since these are made specifically for you.


You are making an investment in a world class lighting fixture. We genuinely want to hear about any concerns or suggestions you may have, and whether or not the fixture is working the way you expected. Our warranty details are located here. Terms and Conditions are located here.

For the fastest response, email us at info@buildmyled.com

Your controller is engineered and built in the USA. It is a quality product that is designed to last for many years. If something is not working properly, or if you are not 100% satisfied, WE WANT TO KNOW. Feel free to send us your comments and questions at info@buildmyled.com.

G U A R A N T E E

All of our accessories and controllers are guaranteed against manufacturing defects for one year. In addition, you can return any controller within 30 days for a refund of the product purchase price or exchange if you are not completely satisfied with it.


You are making an investment in a world class lighting fixture. We genuinely want to hear about any concerns or suggestions you may have, and whether or not the system is working the way you expected. Our warranty details are located here. Terms and Conditions are located here.

For the fastest response, email us at info@buildmyled.com

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