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Old 04-09-2013, 11:08 AM   #1
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This ones for phishfriend and Jasoncwrd2002. Sorry it took so long.
I've been seeing a lot of questions about DIY led lights so i figured id put this together for y'all. Here is a list of what I used with the links to where I got them and then all the pictures and even a link to an instructional video (not mine) on how to solder the pieces together. So go grab some popcornsit back and enjoy the read.

1 5m roll of waterproof 3528 blue led lights (the 5050 are brighter) $14.00
waterproof 5 m led strip | eBay

1-led controller (dimmer switch) $5.00
led dimmer | eBay

1 120-12v 2a/2000Ma adapter $4.00
led dimmer | eBay

1 Tube elctronics solder $0 already had
Soldering iron just a cheap one if you use a too powerful one it can fry the strip

1 stick 1x3/4" wood $0 already had it laying around
1 roll electrical tape $0 already had
Some small zip ties $0 already had laying around

The first thing I did was figure out how many runs I wanted i went with 3 but in hindsight I would have rather used 2. I did 2 runs on my 20 and it was a lot better at night since it is in my bedroom. I can always take electrical tape and tape every 4th set off or something like that.

Next I made the mount for the strips to mount to the top of my tank and painted it black.



While that was drying i watched this video on how to solder these strips together.



Next I soldered the controller to the strips I used this controller due to the slimness of it.


I had originally ordered this one but it was just too bulky and what not so I used it as a controller for a hallway light i made with the what i had left over after making the lights for the tanks.


After that I soldered the power supply to the other end of the controller. I jacked the power supply from my old wi-fi router as it was the correct rating.


this one i bought online for the other tank and the hallway nightlight.
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PART 2


The finished product.



Both lights and nightlights on.Notice the blue hue.

Main lights off but flash on camera on.

Cranked all the way up.(this is a few shades brighter than in person)

Turned all the way down.


Well I Hope this helps some people out there. Mabey if this is good enough it might become a sticky.

And any critiques are welcome i will be building one of these for every FW tank I will be getting. I would love to hear how you would improve on the design as this was my first one i would like every one I make to be better than the last.
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Sorry this was supposed to be the picture for the caption "cranked all the way up"


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Looks great!!
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Thank you next one will look better as I have a few design improvements to make to it.
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Lol never got a chance to look off your thread but was just browsing DIY projects and came across it. Looks awesome might have to give it a run. I have never soldered anything tho
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Lol never got a chance to look off your thread but was just browsing DIY projects and came across it. Looks awesome might have to give it a run. I have never soldered anything tho
I've never soldered anything like that either it took me a couple practice trys to get it but once I did it was came walk. Just make sure the points do not touch and your good.
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I can't tell if your tank has a brace in the middle or not, but mine does, would I be able to use one controller for two strips? So I can do one on each side?
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I can't tell if your tank has a brace in the middle or not, but mine does, would I be able to use one controller for two strips? So I can do one on each side?
I have a brace and if you Sid 2 strips you would have to have 2 controllers.
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