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Old 11-06-2006, 11:03 PM   #1
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Blue LEDs

After reading a DIY and some other things about moonlighting, I tried some things. I wanted moonlight to discourage my boss from leaving all the lights on in the tank when he leaves. he likes the light for a nightlight. I come to work and all my fish have jitters and the algae are having a field day.

I went to home depot ad found some white led night lights and plugged 5 of them into a surge protector, voila light.

Tonight I went to sam's. They have blue LED xmass (or Hanukkah lights) 3 strings of 60 bulbs for $15. i will try to attach them to something and put some around the back for fill. Fish Disco! and someone mentioned to put them at 45 degree to the water for shimmer. I will keep that in mind. Stay tuned after thanksgiving for pix.

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Old 11-07-2006, 06:14 PM   #2
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Cool!!
I just used mini Christmas lights that are blue. I might change to LED soon for the minute energy savings lol...
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Old 11-09-2006, 12:54 PM   #3
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I am not sure, but LEDs cannot really be "aimed" any specific degree to the surface because they are not beams of light like a lazer. They are round as far as I know and emit light in a hemispherical way, so anywhere you put them they will most likely shimmer...
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Old 11-10-2006, 04:49 PM   #4
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actually leds really only project light in about 30 degree field (15 degrees from center in all directions). if you have a led light and point it at something the light projection is quite small (on the bottom of my 29 gal tank each led projects light on an area about 6" in diameter
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Old 11-10-2006, 06:13 PM   #5
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But it also depends on the LED you get...
My LEDs, I took out of my broken digital camera's autofocus lamp and then LCD lightup...
When you take it off the focuser thingy the light comes out in all directions except the bottom..... If you know what I mean
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someone mentioned to put them at 45 degree to the water for shimmer
I've had the moonlights in a fixture before that where aimed straight down into the tank and was still able to have the shimmering water effect on the substrate. You might not have to go threw the trouble of adjusting them the way you want to. HTH

But yeah, we want pics!
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I finished the first one, but my camera is in mexico and it is not dark out. I took a strip of wood and drilled 60 holes through the length of the strip. i thought I was going to use glue to hold the lights in place, but no glue would set in time. so I grabbed my bag of rubber bands and banded each light down. it looks hilarious. I also drilled the holes at a 45 degree angle. from what it looks like with these lights, most of the light comes out the side, so it is not overly bright as I thought it might be. it looked great at home with the 5 gal, so I cant wait to see what it looks like, its just shy of the width of the 55 gal.
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Old 11-12-2006, 07:17 PM   #8
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Can anyone post what is needed to do this using parts from Radio shack?

I know I need the LEDS, which resistors do I need, and will any AC adapter work?

I want to wire 8 blue leds in a chain type config, and install them in my hood.

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Old 11-12-2006, 07:35 PM   #9
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I don't think you need a resistor at this point. Wire the LEDS in a parallel pattern, and say each LED takes 2 volts, set the adapter to 2 volts. If not, try a little bit higher. If you go too high, you blow the LEDs, and you can't use them anymore.
(not literally blow, just it won't work anymore)
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Hmm...I was always under the impression you needed resistors. Can anyone else confirm?
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