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Old 09-28-2009, 04:18 PM   #21
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i have no want to play with electric or setting my family on fire...lol...
The big difference between Xmas lights and LED is the power. Xmas are AC and LED are DC. I'd go with DC anytime over AC for the moon lights... The DC we are talking about doesn't hurt when you touch something you shouldn't
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Old 09-28-2009, 05:43 PM   #22
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I once spent ages making blue moonlights in different ways. I tried high intensity LEDs - soldering them together on a batton, I tried cold cathodes etc...etc...
In the end it was far cheaper and easier and more timely to just buy a strip of waterproof high intensity LEDS, they come complete for the cost of making my own. They have been on my tank for 6months and still look brilliant.
Save money, Save time ----makes sense to me
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Make sure you insulate them!! Dont want them shorting out !!
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:07 PM   #24
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Good going all. Can I take this one step further. How about a all LED hood for fresh water tank. Would you use all white or would you use multi colors to get a wide spectrum of light. In a planted tank can LEDs supply the kind and quality of light needed. Or is it just simpler to use fluorescent light? The hoods I got with my yard sale tanks don't work so do I build or buy?

Well, since I cant get my florescent to work, I am going to try an all LED. I bought a string of 180 white and a string of 180 blue and will do an all LED hood for the 55. it's 48"X12" on the top. I am thinking this is going to be bright.
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I forget exactly which colors combine for white light. (any drama majors?) I was thinking the same thing, because I also have an extra string of the multicolor lights. White would definitely work. As far as using them for grow lights... the LED grow lights I have seen use specific blue and red frequencies. I believe that the Xmass lights are white with plastic covering for color and would not meet requirements.

So Rob, why don't the hoods work? there are only three parts, the wires, the ballast, and the bulb.
The colors are red/green/blue to make white light. Thank you Internet. I to have seen the LED grow lights the red is said to help set flowers the blue I don't know maybe just to make them look more like growlux tubes? I did get my fluorescent lights to work a bulb for one the other was a bad wire. The christmas LED lights I have use colored lamps in side same color covers. Good luck with the white/blue combo hood. Pictures would be good.
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Old 10-08-2009, 12:16 PM   #26
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Well, since I cant get my florescent to work, I am going to try an all LED. I bought a string of 180 white and a string of 180 blue and will do an all LED hood for the 55. it's 48"X12" on the top. I am thinking this is going to be bright.
Correct me if I'm wrong, are you going to use it as your main Lights?
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Correct me if I'm wrong, are you going to use it as your main Lights?
Right you are sir.

why?
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I like the blue effect on the water. nice job
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Right you are sir.

why?
Are these lights led or xmas tree type? If led what is the total Wattage and what type of led's are they?
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Im thinking the same thing thincat is getting at... Those lights, either led or christmas tree lights wont be very bright... even if they appear bright, they wont penetrate very deep... ever seen an led flashlight? They are really bright, but dont shine light very far... at least i think thats what thincat is getting at anyways
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