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    New inexpensive red/blue LED screw-in bulbs?

    Hi folks, I'm a long-time reader, first-time poster.

    I'm moving my algae scrubber to run off my drain lines instead of return line. I want to go to LEDs on the new scrubber, and I found these e27 bulbs online:

    http://m.aliexpress.com/item/690567731.html

    They come with either 2 red and 1 blue (6w total) or 3 red and 2 blue (10w total) priced at $3-6 per bulb. I know the ratios aren't perfect, but I think I'm going to try 6 bulbs (3 each side) on a 10x5in. screen.

    Anyone ever use cheap bulbs like this? Is there a downside to something like this that I'm missing? I figure they are cheap enough to justify taking a chance (free shipping, too).

    Which bulbs should I use? I figure they will be mounted exactly 2in. from the screen if my build goes as planned.

    Thanks,
    Andrew

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    I use cheap led bulbs like this only they contain 12-2watt leds they work well but not as well as "cree" led's

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    Welcome.

    That bulb is probably going to be highly focused. Might be better to get the ones that have 100 smaller LEDs.

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    You can easily remove optics from these and have better spread. Just look that LED PCB is fixed to heatsink (glued or via screws)

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    It took a while to find the bulbs with 100s of LEDs that will run on 120V, but I did it. 30 Watts of LED on a single-sided screen should handle 2 cubes/day I figure. I'll go double-sided as my frag system expands. I figure the single-sided screen will be easier to access to clean for now.

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