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Post by Dys » Mon Apr 05, 2004 3:38 am

I know I (we?) have seen at least a dozen of these DIY moonlights, but came across something very very easy and cheap, thought you all might appreciate it.

I was in wallyworld the other day and walked by the lights section, they have a dozen little cabinet, closet lights etc... and saw a small, 13"x1/2" cabinet light fixture. It is a very simple setup, with 5 LED's in the 13"x1/2 strip. it is an enclosed unit... barely, and can easily opened up, (4 total screws, of which only 2 need to be removed to remove the clear cover) for changing out the LED's.... The unit runs $9.93. At the wallyworld in daphne the fixture was located on the isle right across from the entrance to the computer/movie section at the end of the isle.

The LED's are white, but I am swapping them out with super blue 470nm LED’s, which can be gotten at RadShack for $3.99 a piece or online at many places for much less.

The white LED's are almost perfect for a tank, I tried them out as is on my 55G column tank and almost decided against changing to the super blue.

Anyways... just thought I would share this info.

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Post by snoopdog » Mon Apr 05, 2004 7:28 am

If you can take a shot of the light and what it looks like when its open, would be easier to vision.
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Post by Brandon » Mon Apr 05, 2004 11:09 am

Something I found recently, but haven't ordered it to try it out. It looks like 12 led's mounted in an acrylic tube. At only 12" it should be fairly easy to mount. At only $15 compared to the Weiss moonlights, it seems to be a good deal and would look good.


http://www.xpcgear.com/meteorblue.html
also, other lighting stuff here: http://www.xpcgear.com/lightingmods.html

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Post by Amyjoe » Mon Apr 05, 2004 4:07 pm

That looks like something you would see under a car....

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Post by Dys » Mon Apr 05, 2004 8:22 pm

I will get a picture of the assembly from wallyworld tonight...

as for the xpcgear setup, that is very cool looking.... but after reading about it, its flashing, cant get a solid light from the setup. *shrug*
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Post by Scott » Tue Apr 06, 2004 8:09 pm

I didn't read about the xpcgear but if it only flashes their advertising is deceptive. It says: Dual Output Inverter Control module off/on/flash
I would think that would mean it has the ability to flash or stay on all the time.
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Post by Snakeman » Tue Apr 06, 2004 8:17 pm

that would look cool flashing over the tank. You could have the lightning storm look.

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Post by Brandon » Tue Apr 06, 2004 8:36 pm

You can have it constantly on also.. Here's a review of it if anyone is considering it:
http://www.modthebox.com/review240_2.shtml
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http://www.3dvelocity.com/reviews/sunbl ... ight_1.htm


But for that special night for the fish.....
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Found this quote funny!! Stop action for the fish.
The highest speed settings turn it into a strobe light for when the urge to boogy just can't be kept down.
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Post by Brandon » Tue Apr 06, 2004 8:36 pm

Amyjoe wrote:That looks like something you would see under a car....


Definetly not under MY car :)
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Post by KrazyPlace » Tue Apr 06, 2004 9:08 pm

Brandon wrote:...But for that special night for the fish.....
It's Disco Time!
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Found this quote funny!! Stop action for the fish.
The highest speed settings turn it into a strobe light for when the urge to boogy just can't be kept down.

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Post by Dys » Sun Apr 11, 2004 1:56 pm

Ok... sorry it took so long but here are the pics of the light strip I started this thread about.

Of course these pictures are before putting in the blue 420nm led's.

Just for time being I put this on my canopy as is to see how it was, and does a great job of lighting up, the marine life really seem to get active with the "moonlight"
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Post by Brandon » Sun Apr 11, 2004 10:50 pm

That's pretty cool looking.. might have to check that out. Does it look good on your tank?
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Post by Dys » Mon Apr 12, 2004 8:12 pm

on my tank I think it looks great... When I get the chance to change out the bulbs to blue I think it will look even better. I will get a picture of it on with lights out to give an idea inside the tank lighting.

By the way, I was at Lowes in Foley over the weekend and they carry this same exact light setup in multiple different lengths from 13" I believe upto like 36".
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Post by Melissakins » Sat May 08, 2004 2:44 pm

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Post by medikall » Sat Oct 02, 2004 9:20 pm

I just ordered 2 of the 3 LED systems from here, anyone seen these before?

http://autolumination.com/fixtures.htm
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