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Old 02-06-2017, 06:09 PM   #1
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DYI remote LED hood completed, no tools, under two hours, $96

So I decided to walk my entire local Lowe's store today. My goal was to build the best 48" hood I could under $100, with minimal tools and fitting all materials in my mid size car back to my house. I couldn't be more happy with the results. This was around $96 with tax. If you decide price is the main focus not time I'm sure ordering comparable strip LEDs online could save you another $15-20 under what I paid. Only negatives I see which could be corrected with tools are it's a little to deep at 6.5 inches and is about an inch longer that my 48" tank but considering the time and effort I couldn't be more pleased. Also all items can be deconstructed and used for their original purpose down the road if needed. I'll post a list of parts and instructions in the thread below.
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Old 02-06-2017, 06:21 PM   #2
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Old 02-06-2017, 06:25 PM   #3
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DYI remote LED hood completed, no tools, under two hours, $96

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Once you get everything unboxed simply expand curtain rod tight in the middle of the lighting fixture( I centered mine on the black squares on each end). Use electrical tape to secure the power source end of the Led strip to one end of the curtain rod. Wrap the free end of the LED strip over and over working your way down the curtain rod. Once tight tape the end down at the opposite end of the rod with electrical tape. Plug in light strip and your ready to go. Hope you like it as much as I do.


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That led strip is half the price on amazon. You can literally take your flourecnt hood and wrap the lighting tube with the leds. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01LX...s=rgb+led+ripe

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That led strip is half the price on amazon. You can literally take your flourecnt hood and wrap the lighting tube with the leds. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01LX...s=rgb+led+ripe

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Yeah I'm compulsive, I had seen the ones on Amazon. Just wanted to see how quick I could do a decent looking hood same day without waiting on shipping. You could definitely build one way cheaper with online orders and using tools and vinyl gutter/pvc etc. My wife had my truck today and it got me thinking for people without a table saw, truck, or a lot of time or experience with DYI this might be a decent option . It's also nice because when I eventually drop $250 or more on a pro lighting solution I can use the shop light, curtain rod, and LEDs for household improvements. As opposed to some of the adhesive LED's and cheaper materials that would not be reusable in a lot of cases.
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That led strip is half the price on amazon. You can literally take your flourecnt hood and wrap the lighting tube with the leds. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01LX...s=rgb+led+ripe

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Those you linked don't have as many options as the ones I used I don't think. Mine have a dual white with dimmer to mix with the red blue green and white colors but for $35 less I wouldn't mind testing the difference for sure, thanks.
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I mean. The ones I linked I use and you can mix and match any number of colors. Theyre pretty nifty..

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I mean. The ones I linked I use and you can mix and match any number of colors. Theyre pretty nifty..

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Oh I'm sure and they might be the same IDK, I didn't mean to sound like they were bad. I was more curious if there is a difference and how much for the difference in price. It looks like from the remote maybe the one's I bought have an extra white light on the strip? Thus the two on off buttons? The bottom one is white only with 4 dimmer settings just for that light. Also I didn't have a fluorescent hood that came with my tank and stand combo but that's a good idea for people that do already have one, didn't think about uses the non used bulb. The fixture I used didn't come with bulbs but I guess if you wanted you could do that on both bulbs in this set up but might be over kill. Maybe I'll order from that link and mount both on bulbs in this fixture to do a comparison. Thanks for the ideas, I'm having a blast working with this tank.
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