I don't really know where else to put this so i was wondering if it would be possible to make a light hood out of christmas lights (white l.e.ds). Would these hurt my fish and if i get plants would they grow in it?
it possible ,have u tried the new led christmas lights?? those might work well.
I don't know if the light frequencies would be good enough for plants, but I'm making moonlights right now out of a string of led christmas lights.
i agree with brandon it might not be the right light for plants, and i dont know if it will be bright enough for fishies, depends on the tank size. take some pictures when your done and while your working! :D
I built a hood using 420 5mm LED's. It was built to replace 72W of T5's. It's not enough at roughly 20W so I think you'd be struggling with fewer LED's than that, depends on the size of the tank of coarse, mine's 90l. Plants do grow OK but not brilliant.
three sets of led light should do it well thats what i think
I just did this. I made a 4' X 5" box out of 1/4" MDF and painted it black. The box looks great. So I had some LED Christmas lights around and glues them all around the box. It went around once and down the middle. It doesn't show in the tank like I wanted it to. Anyone ells do this and it work? Any other idea's for the lights. Email me as I just signed up and might not know how to get back to this exact spot yet. LOL
I am in Canada BC
u can get light strips from hardware stores for t-12 bulbs at fairly cheap $. make sure they are rated for outdoors/wet locations if u do that though. as far a growing plants u will have to step up and spend some money to do it well. if they grow to well u may need c02 injection.
I don't use anything for plants as my Cichlids eat everything. I only have onion plants as they seem to stay away from them. I just want the blue at night when the lights go off. I tried rope lights and that works well. I would just love to get the real ones, but they are expensive. I was trying to find an easy way to do it and cheap. I have a 90 gallon.
Thanks for any ideas.
i made a strip of lights for the night. used 20 5mm led blue lights wired in parallel with 20 resistors. very cheap and easy construction.
Led 100 for 6 bucks-ebay
resistors 20 for 10 bucks- ebay; i only found 1% tol they are the expensive kind only thing they had.
construction time 2 hours
one of these days i'm going to incorporate them into the light hood.
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