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  • Suspension Mounting Kit

Suspension Mounting Kit

The Suspension Mounting Kit allows you to suspend your lighting fixtures with a sleek, architectural design. The kit comes with everything you need to install the system. Kit Includes: (2) 6' aircraft suspension cables (2) 'T-Rail' mounting clips (2) Ceiling mounting clips
Click Here to Download the Assembly Instructions

Suspension Mounting Kit

The Suspension Mounting Kit allows you to suspend your lighting fixtures with a sleek, architectural design. The kit comes with everything you need to install the system. Kit Includes: (2) 6' aircraft suspension cables (2) 'T-Rail' mounting clips (2) Ceiling mounting clips
Click Here to Download the Assembly Instructions

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:

$24.99 per fixture

Reviews

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  1. Very easy install and nice look

    Posted by David on Dec 2nd 2013

    With a little planning, this is really very easy to install and supports the light without issue. As others have noted, there's not a lot of margin for error when cutting the cable, so measure twice (or three or four times) before cutting.

    My only complaint is that it doesn't include the screws that actually secure the cables to the ceiling. They are #6 panhead wood screws (at least 1", but longer is ok) and you will need to find two of them. Not sure why they wouldn't be included but, fortunately, I had some in my tool box or I would have needed to make a trip to the store.


  2. Does a good job supporting

    Posted by JC on Sep 18th 2013

    Easy to instal and does a great job supporting my 48' light.
    My only suggestion is to include the screws in the package.


  3. Incredibly Easy to Hang

    Posted by J Schlosser on Aug 7th 2013

    It was so simple, I had to reread the instructions to make sure. Had it hung in 20 minutes. Hint, cut it long, then measure up from the top of the tank to figure out how much to trim the cable.


  4. Ceiling Mount

    Posted by Raymond Sugel Sr on May 26th 2013

    Ceiling mount works as advertised. Have one suggestion, make the bottom fitting so you can adjust the height of the light before cutting the cable. If there are any imperfections in the levelness of your ceiling or your measuring isn't up to snuff, you end up with an un-level fixture that can easily be corrected if the fittings on the light fixture made adjusting the cable length possible. The T5 fixture this LED replaced had fittings that allowed you to hang the light and then adjust for height above the water and levelness.


Reviews

Write review

  1. Very easy install and nice look

    Posted by David on Dec 2nd 2013

    With a little planning, this is really very easy to install and supports the light without issue. As others have noted, there's not a lot of margin for error when cutting the cable, so measure twice (or three or four times) before cutting.

    My only complaint is that it doesn't include the screws that actually secure the cables to the ceiling. They are #6 panhead wood screws (at least 1", but longer is ok) and you will need to find two of them. Not sure why they wouldn't be included but, fortunately, I had some in my tool box or I would have needed to make a trip to the store.


  2. Does a good job supporting

    Posted by JC on Sep 18th 2013

    Easy to instal and does a great job supporting my 48' light.
    My only suggestion is to include the screws in the package.


  3. Incredibly Easy to Hang

    Posted by J Schlosser on Aug 7th 2013

    It was so simple, I had to reread the instructions to make sure. Had it hung in 20 minutes. Hint, cut it long, then measure up from the top of the tank to figure out how much to trim the cable.


  4. Ceiling Mount

    Posted by Raymond Sugel Sr on May 26th 2013

    Ceiling mount works as advertised. Have one suggestion, make the bottom fitting so you can adjust the height of the light before cutting the cable. If there are any imperfections in the levelness of your ceiling or your measuring isn't up to snuff, you end up with an un-level fixture that can easily be corrected if the fittings on the light fixture made adjusting the cable length possible. The T5 fixture this LED replaced had fittings that allowed you to hang the light and then adjust for height above the water and levelness.


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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