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Old 05-15-2011, 11:14 PM   #1
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What is the cheapest way to add LEDs to my nano hood?

Whats the cheapest way to add LEDs to my Nano cube?
I have a JBJ 24g nano cube with the original PC hood. i want to have LEDs instead of the PCs, but i cant afford to buy the LED replacement hood. Whats my best bet to add LEDs to my hood? I found LED strips. They are the 12in TrueLumens LED strips. and they run about 70 each at my LFS.

http://www.current-usa.com/lighting/...ed-striplights

would those be any good? or does anyone have a used LED hood they are lookin to get rid of for a decent price? any suggestions are welcomed. i really just want to move on to somethign that is better for the coral, less heat output, and cheaper to power, which LEDs do all that. and just to be clear, im not looking for moon lights, im looking for actual daytime lights that will promote growth, and also make the colors stand out. becuase my tank doesnt have a good color output from the corals like i would like to have, here is a video of my tank from a couple months ago and youll see what im talkin about. the first strip i would get would be the blue,so that color would show, then later add to it to get the daytime lights

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How much are you willing to spend? There are several options I could give, none of which are are cheap.

The replacement hood (or the nanotuners.com upgrade) would probably be more cost-effective for you.
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Well, the replacement hood is $400. If I were to get the truelumens strips, it would cost around 350.. I didn't know of there was any cheaper options
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That's about what you're going to spend

FYI the Truelumen PRO strips are the ones that are more than just moonlights
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Yea I know. Sorry I should edit the post more. When I typed it, the original true lumens is what I was talkin about. But then I changed it to the pros. I guess what my next question is, if I fit the pros in my hood, would that be better lighting than the JBJ led hood?
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Yea I know. Sorry I should edit the post more. When I typed it, the original true lumens is what I was talkin about. But then I changed it to the pros. I guess what my next question is, if I fit the pros in my hood, would that be better lighting than the JBJ led hood?

If you're meaning this replacement hood, then I doubt it. That one is an amazing one that you couldn't ask for more in LEDs, dimmable, whatever color strips you're wanting, purely amazing
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Well I was talking about the actual jbj brand hood. This one

JBJ lighting LED replacement hood- fits 24 and 28 nano cubes

But the one from nano tuners seems like it would be better
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I'm fairly sure it would be stronger, though it is a bit of DIYing. Very simple as far as DIYing goes, but a little handiness is needed.

For the price though the nanotuners is better purely on the dimmability of the fixture, that's a great tool for fine tuning the color and intensity of your lights
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