The Nano Retro Kit offers the most current Cree 5watt LEDs.
Custom heatsink specifically designed for the BioCube and JBJ Nano tanks
Colour temp adjustable from 10-20K through high efficiency dimmable drivers.
Dimming is via 1-10vdc or manual potientiometer
LEDs are specifically binned for optimal looks and growth…We stamp the Bin on the LEDs so you know your only getting the best.
PAR is similar to a 175 watt MH while consuming less than 80 watts!
Heat is significantly less than a MH.
This Kit is based on our Popular Phoenix 25 DIY Kit.
Custom heatsink for Nano Hoods
Mounting hardware for Bio Cube
2 700mA dimmable drivers
25 feet 20ga wire
Euro Style Terminal Block
25 BJB solder less connectors w screws
12 XT-E Royal Blue
3 XP-E Blue
10 XT-E Premium Cool White
Here is the hood cover removed. You start by taking everything out carefully preserving any connections as you might want to use or trade the parts at a later date. We kept the on/off switches and gutted the rest.
We then took the CNC Heatsink and verified the mounting holes. Over the years there have been several changes to the mounts. Our Heatsinks have numerous mounting holes that cover most BioCubes and JBJ Nanos but in some cases you may have to drill an extra mounting hole. With this exception use tracing or regular paper to make a template and simply drill an appropriately sized hole in the proper place.
Once the Heatsink mounts are verified lay out your LEDs and apply a small amount of thermal paste to the back. We started with the Blue and Royal Blue LEDs. The exact pattern is inconsequential as long as the LEDs are evenly placed to provide even coverage.
When placing the LEDs you might want to also consider the upcoming wiring by placing the positive (+) behind the negative (-) side.
Once the LEDs are positioned inspect the BJB solderless Connector. Ensure the contact tabs are extended so as to make contact with the stat. Also ensure the star is positioned properly under the BJB Connector. 99% of all problems occur when the Star is not positioned properly under the connector.
When you screw down the connector use just enough torque so there is no movement in the star. If the connector is loose you will not have a secure electrical contact and the LEDs may be damaged by the momentary contact. If you over tighten the hex screw you will damage the plastic connector.
We highly recommend using only 20ga solid wire (provided in kit) to connect the LEDs. Strip only 1/4″ from the end. If you strip too much you may have exposed wire. Not enough you may not have enough exposed wire to lock into the connector. Ensure the wire into the connector is straight. a bent wire may not offer a good contact.