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Topic: Building LED cans
Posted By: Quantum Sounds
Subject: Building LED cans
Date Posted: 13 March 2009 at 7:36pm
thinking of making a bunch of different LED cans, have been looking around then net but does anyone no of a good cheap source of high power LED's and controller.

also anyone done this have any tips adviceSmile

Posted By: MikeHunt79
Date Posted: 13 March 2009 at 9:55pm
Luxeon LED's?

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Posted By: Sinfinity
Date Posted: 14 March 2009 at 12:37pm
try a quick read on candlepowerforums
mainly torch enthusiasts buying and building their own, using luxeon, rebel, souel p4 emitters etc.
may be worth a read for background knowledge.

Matt at ukamp dot co dot uk

Posted By: mk2_ginger_biscuit69
Date Posted: 14 March 2009 at 3:19pm
ive looked into this extensively, and for the cost of getting all the components together, you cant beat the chinese made products.
each colour needs an LED driver (like an LED dimmer channel), you need too make a compatible dmx reciever and integrate it with the driver packs, then try and squeeze it all in a can.
If you are after the brightness, ive bought cheap LED cans, taken out the LEDs they come installed with, modified the driver circuits for higher current, and installed 3w diodes instead. They now light our venue stage just as well as 300w par56's did (small stage mind you), and with all the other LED lighting mods ive done, have enough power to run a decent system in the room.

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Posted By: freeytrap
Date Posted: 16 March 2009 at 11:21am
ginger biscuit is right chinese can knock theas out far cheeper than anyone over hear
i made a led light realy simple 500w halagon flood £5 6 couler changing gu10s £20 conecters £5
£30 for a nice couler changing flood not mega bright but lights up the decks and mixer well

Posted By: freeytrap
Date Posted: 16 March 2009 at 11:27am
ps if you want a go at the harder way - -
this is where i got the idear for the 500w flood fiting
big clive also has some nice litle led controlers

Posted By: Dj Maca Roots
Date Posted: 19 March 2009 at 11:14pm
Originally posted by freeytrap freeytrap wrote:

ps if you want a go at the harder way - -
this is where i got the idear for the 500w flood fiting
big clive also has some nice litle led controlers

Thanks for those links, I just learned a lot.
Good idea to use the cheep yellow flood lightsClap

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Posted By: monkeypuzzle
Date Posted: 24 March 2009 at 12:03am
have a look at: -
they have some pretty good stuff, also: -
plenty to get you going there but it might not be cheap. Theres loads of DMX drivers and good LEDs on both these sites, to be honest, the main prob could be just getting good quality PCBs made but if you can do that, and box them well (love that 500w flood thing..) then its not hard.

oh and: -

Posted By: Quantum Sounds
Date Posted: 06 April 2009 at 4:18pm
thanks for the advice all very useful,

I was planning on making some that were a bit different, nicely designed for more of an aesthetic value rather than the normal can's,

do you think it would be cheaper to pull apart a cheap chinese one, as i will be compleatly rebuildiong the can it's self

@ginger_biscuit how hard is it to upgrade the to a higher power?

Posted By: gwarntek
Date Posted: 06 April 2009 at 4:38pm
Have any of you tried the LED floodlight on that bigclive site?

Posted By: chrismca07
Date Posted: 08 April 2009 at 12:52am
could i ask why you'd want to make your own l.e.d lamps? theyr'e cheap enough to buy and surely theyll be at better quality than the ones youll build yourself? or is that me just being naive

Posted By: ceharden
Date Posted: 08 April 2009 at 2:34am
Only worth it if you want something special you can't buy off the shelf.

Date Posted: 08 April 2009 at 10:20pm
Hi Guys, I was thinking of building some LED cans myself. But I don't wan't them to be DMX I would prefer to run them from a standard 240v lighting controller. I wan't to use them for stage lighting.
Anyone have any suggestions?
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