DIY LED LightHood from existing Hood

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DIY LED LightHood from existing Hood

Postby billberet » Mon Apr 09, 2012 2:37 pm

Hey fish lovers,
i had a few requests to post how i do my LED hoods.

first, supplies,
here are the LED, i got both white and blue
http://www.amazon.com/Flexible-LED-Ribb ... ral_recs_4

to power the LED, i use this, each driver can push the entire roll of LED's
http://www.amazon.com/Ledwholesalers-Po ... y_hi_img_b

first off, take your old hood apart, there will be a flashing inside that you can remove, remove it because that will be the new housing for your LED strips.

Here is my finished light hood, i hang it up when i am doing water changes or maintenance on tanks.
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i measure the led strips and stick them to the flashing, they have double stick tape on the back, so it's just peel and stick.
i put some tape at the ends where the connections will be.
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solder the positive and negative to each strip connecting them in series
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the finished product will have your LED's all connected, then i add a little tape to cover the ends
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i added a deans connector to the power supply this way when i have to disconnect the lights, it's simple.
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i then added blue lights and connected them to another driver, this way i can run white and blue independent of each other.
i use blue and white during the day, and at night they go to all blue. (my lights are connected to my home automation system)
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blue and white LED's on
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Blue only
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the lights are not rated for plants, but they look great if you just have fish.
enjoy, hope this helps someone.
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