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Custom Length Reef Tank LED Kit

Custom Length Reef Tank LED Kit
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Featured Specifications

Complete Kit with Solderless Connections Includes: (12pcs) Cree XT-E Royal-Blue LEDs / ft
(1) MakersLED Heatsink Kit (custom length) (12pcs) Cree XT-E Cool-White LEDs / ft
(1) MakerDRIVER 2UP PRO / ft (1pc) Arctic Silver Thermal Paste / ft
(1) 48Vdc Power Supply / ft 24gauge Wire
(2) Pre-Mounted LED Circuit Board / ft LED, Drilling & Wiring Schematic



The Custom Length LED Reef Tank Kit is a long-lasting light designed to provide all the features reef enthusiasts demand, in a package that anyone can assemble and at an affordable price.  This kit can be customized by length to fit a wide variety of reef tanks.  The wattage depends on the length, but typically is 75-watts / ft. 

Since 2008 folks have been turning to LEDs to lower energy costs, reduce heat and increase the longevity of their reef tank bulbs.  In the early stages of LED reef tank lighting the talented folks at MakersLED built their own LED tank lights and knowing how complicated the process was, they created the MakersLED Heatsink Kit.  The MakersLED Heatsink was engineered with integrated t-slots making it easy to mount star LEDs; the heatsink has many other features, watch the 2-minute video below to see more.  The heatsink kit includes: anodized heatsink, splash guard, end caps, fan and LED mounting hardware.  Next, MakersLED developed LED drivers that mount directly to the MakersLED heatsink.  The MakersDRIVER 2UP PRO, which is included with the Nano LED Reef Tank Kit, drives LEDs & the fan; it also provides dimming and a remote control interface.  The MakersDRIVER 2UP PRO easily plugs in with an optional MakersCONTROLLER, which makes automating and controlling the LEDs easy.  The MakersController works with the driver to create sunrise, sunset and other special effects throughout the day.  Although the MakersDRIVER 2UP PRO does include a manual dimming option via 2 turn knobs, we highly recommend adding the MakersCONTROLLER to your kit.  As stated above, the controller provides sunrise, sunset as well as cloud cover, high-noon and simulates lightning storms.  The one-click menu on the MakersCONTROLLER and included documentation, make setting up the MakersCONTROLLER very quick and simple.  

The kit includes an equal number of Royal-Blue (12pcs/ft) and cool-White (12pcs/ft) Cree XT-E high power LEDs.  To avoid soldering, the LEDs are pre-mounted to a printed circuit board, which allows connections via screw-in terminals. The final piece of the kit is a 100-Watt 48Vdc switching plug-in power supply. Depending on your tank set-up you may want to also consider adding a hanging kit to your light. The hanging kit is an accessory that fits into the MakersLED heatsink and allows the entire kit to be suspended from a ceiling.


MakersLED Heatsink Video Overview:



MakersLED Heatsink & MakersDRIVER 2UP PRO Images:




MakersController Features:



MakersController Daily Schedule Example:


MakersCONTROLLER Features


MakersCONTROLLER Details:


MakersCONTROLLER Display


MakersCONTROLLER Menu Structure:


MakersCONTROLLER Menu Structure


MakersCONTROLLER Connection to MakersDRIVER 2UP PRO:


MakersCONTROLLER Typical Usage


Full Documentation


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Product Reviews

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02/04/2014 - 04:53:14 PM
High Quality and Affordable
I've been looking to switch the lighting in my tank from T5s to LEDs for some time now. All of the other lights I've found were either way too expensive or very poor quality. This kit uses name brand Cree LEDs and reliable LED drivers. I especially like the fact the I can control the intensity of the White and Blue LEDs separately, so I can adjust the light quality to my personal taste. The 0-10V dimming system of the LED drivers is compatible with a lot of reef controllers out there, so I can automate in the future. The kit does take some time to put together, but it is definitely worthwhile. I had to call LEDSupply with a couple of questions and the staff there was very helpful and knowledgable. Great Product!

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What does the MakersLED Kit include?

  • cut to length heat sink
  • matching length splash guard
  • two plastic end caps
  • four t-slot plugs
  • 92mm fan 12V [one per 12”]
  • custom 92mm fan bezel [one per 12”]
  • stainless steel assembly hardware (exposed parts)
  • 4-40 bolts and nuts, enough for 25 LED’s [per 12”]
  • nylon washers, enough for 25 LED’s [per 12”]
  • MakersLED Kit Components

    What are the dimensions of the fixture?

  • Height: 3.15in
  • Width: 6.45in
  • Length: 1ft Increments
  • Acrylic: 5.9
  • Lanes of LEDs: 5
  • MakersLED Dimensions


    How many LEDs can be mounted to a 12 inch MakersLED?

    Over 30 LED stars can be quickly mounted, repositioned, and upgraded within a 12” length of fixture.

    MakersLED LED Placement


    Why are there so many slots for the splash guard?

    Lenses come in all heights and the multiple slots allow the splash guard to keep close to the lenses. Depending on lens height, the splash guard may help hold the lenses onto the LED’s.

    The additional slots could also allow for printed circuit boards (PCBs) to be slid into the fixture for power inlets, interconnects, or LED drivers.

    One could also design a custom piece of opaque acrylic with holes for your LEDs to illuminate through if you wanted to cover up wiring (shown below). Ponoko and Pololu both offer affordable acrylic laser cutting services. Inkscape is free software which you can design the artwork in.

    In most cases, when the LEDs are turned on, they will be so bright you won’t be able to see the underside even when you are looking! The built in t-slots also offer a great place to tuck your wires into for a clean look. Long lengths of extrusion also help hide wires.

    MakersLED Acrylic Lens


    What material is the MakersLED made from?

    MakersLED is made of heat sink grade 6063 aluminum. Plastic parts are made of ABS plastic.


    What type of fan is included?

    The fan is a standard 92mm x 25mm fan. Any fan with these dimensions will also work. It is a 12VDC fan.

    MakersLED Fan


    How is the fan powered?

    We recommend purchasing an AC to DC power adapter with a 4-pin molex PC power connector, however any 12v DC power source with enough amperage will work.


    What type of LED’s can be used with the housing?

    Just about any LED can be used with the MakersLED fixture. Even though the T-slots are based upon 20mm stars, many other sizes and designs can be used. Larger LED boards and triple diode ‘pucks’ can be turned and bolted down at angles. Strip style LED’s can be mounted in virtually any direction, parallel, perpendicular, or at angles.


    Do I have to solder my LED’s?

    No, soldering is not necessarily needed. There are a number of plug and play or friction fit electrical connections to the LEDs. However, soldering can be easily mastered and is the recommended connection. We will offer information on an inexpensive soldering iron and a how-to video describing this process. It really is easy!


    Is thermal paste needed?

    Yes. We strongly suggest using thermal paste or thermal grease to effectively dissipate heat from your LED’s. Heat will deteriorate your LED’s, decreasing light output and longevity.

    Using less thermal paste is better than using too much. The thermal paste’s job is to fill in the minute imperfections of the two surfaces. Standing air is a bad thermal conductor. Aluminum to aluminum contact will almost always outperform thermal paste.


    Why use T-slots for mounting LED’s when there are alternatives, such as double stick thermal pads and tapes?

    We do not recommend using double stick thermal pads and tapes because of their poor thermal performance. In addition, the T-slots offer a clear advantage because of their ease of use and ability to reconfigure LED locations at any time.


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