Moonlights! Semi-DIY . Cheap . Fabulous results!

Break out the ducktape !

Moderators: snoopdog, Amphiprion, AgeDynasty

Post Reply
Tom619
Amoeba
Posts: 21
Joined: Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:37 am

Moonlights! Semi-DIY . Cheap . Fabulous results!

Post by Tom619 » Mon Feb 09, 2009 4:36 pm

Moonlights! Semi-DIY . Cheap . Fabulous results!

found this at walmart for $8 in the car department. you can angle each light.
Image


found this cigarette adapter at the 99cent store next door ..............for uh..... 99cents.
it looks like something walmart should carry too, but i found it at 99c first!
Image



DONE . lol














Results? VOILA!!!!! it was one of the strongest moonlights i ever had! GLOWING!!
- Now the tank is just as a show at night as in the daytime. I angled them at the frogspawns and other luminescent corals.
- Makes the greens greener, blues bluer, and oranges... orangier, etc.. it's not just a flat blue w/ other moonlight brands.
- my orange monti caps glows a very strong tangerine color, but my cheapo camera couldn't get a justifiable picture (looks like a good-lookin ric).

Image






...blows this P.O.S. away ! (which was already installed b4 adding the new lights). it was sooo weaaak compared to the walmart light.
(on sale on Dr.F&S for $15/unit + $11 link + $9s/h)
Image











.

User avatar
crsswift70
Copepod
Posts: 261
Joined: Wed Jul 06, 2005 3:27 pm
Location: Spanish Fort

Post by crsswift70 » Mon Feb 09, 2009 7:51 pm

Are they LED?
75gal, 20gal fuge, DIY LED, mag5 return, 2xk3's.

Tom619
Amoeba
Posts: 21
Joined: Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:37 am

Post by Tom619 » Mon Feb 09, 2009 8:12 pm

of course :)
1 watt per bulb.

Jahdiel
Astrea snail
Posts: 1429
Joined: Sat Jun 12, 2004 7:59 pm
Location: Fairhope

Post by Jahdiel » Wed Feb 11, 2009 5:12 am

I will be going to Walmart today! Thanks for the info
Karen

Jahdiel
Astrea snail
Posts: 1429
Joined: Sat Jun 12, 2004 7:59 pm
Location: Fairhope

Post by Jahdiel » Tue Feb 24, 2009 4:52 am

Well we found the items, rushed home to hook them up, and -------------BEAUTIFUL!!! Thanks for the idea.
Karen

Tom619
Amoeba
Posts: 21
Joined: Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:37 am

Post by Tom619 » Mon Mar 02, 2009 1:27 am

i'm glad you like them! welcome!

User avatar
kristo
Copepod
Posts: 252
Joined: Mon Jul 09, 2007 7:35 am

Post by kristo » Sat Mar 07, 2009 7:27 pm

fabulous IDEA!!! THANK YOU!
~Kris~

"You can not start a revolution with a silk glove."~Joseph Stalin

andre_slim
Amoeba
Posts: 33
Joined: Wed May 31, 2006 8:18 pm
Location: mobile

Post by andre_slim » Sat May 02, 2009 11:00 pm

Can I get a whole tank shot to see how they look over the tank. Just want to see how it looks before I buy them. How many sets do you have on your tank?

Jahdiel
Astrea snail
Posts: 1429
Joined: Sat Jun 12, 2004 7:59 pm
Location: Fairhope

Post by Jahdiel » Sun May 03, 2009 8:25 am

I have a 180 and only 1 set on, and it looks awesome! Just enough to look like moonlight.
Karen

Neuticle
Copepod
Posts: 258
Joined: Fri Jan 09, 2009 3:35 pm
Location: Mobile

Post by Neuticle » Sun May 03, 2009 11:12 am

I bought one of the adhesive strips of about 20 LEDs from WalMart (12$), they have the resistor in the actual strip so it was easy to splice onto an old cordless phone inverter with a couple of wire nuts.

I burnt up one of those 3 light units pictured at the top, I thought the resistor was in the light fixture, but it was in the 12v plug. I spliced it onto the inverter and popped the LEDs like popcorn.

The strip is a little bright for my taste, but it looks badass and was really easy to wire up with the integrated resistor. The adhesive on the strip is pretty amazing too, I can't see it letting go in my lifetime.
100 gal mixed reef, 30 gal sump, 4x54w T5, 2x150w HQI, OctoX 200 skimmer, Kalk top-off, rocky mixed reef.

Post Reply