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Old 06-06-2013, 08:22 PM   #1
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Is there any way I can get some lights for my aquarium that are cheap, I hate paying 30$ for one light. Is there any object I can take them off or just make my own??? Please help!
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Old 06-07-2013, 12:11 PM   #2
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Is there any way I can get some lights for my aquarium that are cheap, I hate paying 30$ for one light. Is there any object I can take them off or just make my own??? Please help!
fist off if your tank had dual hood, get ready to spend more than $30. if your tank has a single hood with a single t5 yuor in luck.

if your a DIY guy, you can remove the t5 tabs, and ballast, get yourself at least a 1A 12V DC powersupply, and order some cool white and royal blue led strips and flush mount them on the white plastic where the t5 used to be, i did it with led pods for my 30gal breeder and they make the fish pop.

the entire project cost me about $25 (i had an old 12vdc 800ma laying around) and i already have a soldering station and skills so it helps alot but you can poke and wrap or just t-tap all the way to the switch if you cant solder. GL bud
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Thanks a lot man/woman this forum has helped me out SOO much!
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Old 06-07-2013, 12:47 PM   #4
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Thanks a lot man/woman this forum has helped me out SOO much!
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HAHAHAHA I just didn't want to offend anybody but that's hilarious!
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Okay I just looked at my aquarium hood and am wondering if you could elaborate on what you said, I haven't learned all the aquarium terms quite yet. Here are pics to help you out.

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Would these work with what you were talking about doing or is it too small?
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You can put a couple of Compact Flourescents in place of those bulbs. Get them in 5000K or 6500K, at HD, or a hardware store, or even a place like a department store.
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Okay I just looked at my aquarium hood and am wondering if you could elaborate on what you said, I haven't learned all the aquarium terms quite yet. Here are pics to help you out.

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Would these work with what you were talking about doing or is it too small?
yes they will, remove the bulbs and black assembly, this is actually way simpler because these bulbs run straight off 110vac and dont need a ballast to operate, keep all equipment in case you ever want to go back to flourescent lighting and dont worry it can either go wrong or right so you have a 50/50 chance lol jk.

remove and clean the reflector vigorously with soap and water then prep with paint thinner until the cloth your using no longer gets dirty, you can adhese them onto the reflector and do all the wiring behind it with the same switch on the hood, or just run your wires out of the hood and just use an inline switch like the ones that come on those creepy motion activated christmas dancing santas, and still use the 12vdc power supply as stated before.

just trial and error bud, its hard to fry leds when only using a 12vdc power supply, you either get the polarity wrong and they dont turn on or theyre gonna come on, make sure your leds your using are the waterproof versions in case you get any fish that like to splash or maybe moisture, good luck and let us know how it turns out!
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I sure will! Thank you soo much I'll probably come back at you with more questions, for example, where did you order your LED's from?
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I sure will! Thank you soo much I'll probably come back at you with more questions, for example, where did you order your LED's from?
honestly, fleabay is the cheapest, you can get a 24" strip of waterproof white and a strip of waterproof blue for about $6ea shipped also look for the 5050 smd leds, theyre way brighter. the prices might have gone up or down a bit, so dont quote me lol but you'll be in the neighborhood of $10ea strip of 24" white or blue
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