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Old 03-31-2004, 03:47 AM   #1
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Moonlights

Just a general question. How long does everyone leave their moonlights on? Do you leave them on all night or do you have them on a timer?
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Old 03-31-2004, 03:58 AM   #2
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I just got my moonlight up and working a week ago. So far, my schedule is to have them come on a half-hour before the main lights go out and go out in the morning after the sun lightens up the living room.
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mine have been running for over a year 24/7 they dont use that much power and turning them on and off probably shortens their lifespan like most lightbulbs.
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I agree with addicts schedule. If I were running them, I'd run them 24/7. This way you won't ever have to worry with a timer. You won't even be able to notice that they are on when your main lights are on.
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You won't even be able to notice that they are on when your main lights are on.

Unless you have 1 shinning right into a dark hole in the rocks. I leave mine on 24/7 and after rearranging my rocks again I noticed I can see the blue hitting the sand in between some of the rocks.
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I noticed I can see the blue hitting the sand in between some of the rocks.
Woops!! I guess you need to rearrange again, then.
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Probably been discussed at length before, but where's a good place to buy moonlights and how much would a setup of them cost? Also, I've heard that you can get different colors...Besides personal preference, is there any reason to get a certain color of light?
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I need the timer for something else anyway.
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You can build them for 20 bux. I built one with 10 lights for less than 20 bux. The led's are .95 cents at lebos.com, you need a resistor for each one @ 5 for a buck at radio shack. If you get a 4.5 vdc power supply then you need 39 ohm resistors. I used a piece of birch paneling for the mounting strip but for my next one I'm gonna get a 1 by 6 rip it to 1 1/2 inches and groove out the middle with my table saw. The plywood wants to bow from the heat of the lighting fixture it's sitting under. HTH BTW if you can solder 2 peices of wire together you can build your own.
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That is what I did. Except I drilled holes into my light reflector and installed them into that. I have a 90 gal and 5 LEDs were perfect. The most expensive part was the power supply which was 8 bucks Canadian.

This is what I followed and it turned out perfect. Of course I modified the design for my tank.
http://www.kaotica.com/frag/diy/moonlight/
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