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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-01-2013, 02:12 AM Thread Starter
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Aqueon modular led moonlight mod

Aqueon modular led moonlight mod d. Love the light and the price, but the moon light was not on a seperate plug. This was an easy fix. First I followed the moon light wire to the switch. I took the plastic switch cover off.(just squeeze it, and pull). Then I cut the moon lights wire as close as I could to where it connected to the switch. Then I got ahold of a male and female barrel conector like the one it comes with. This can be found at radio shack,superbrightleds.com,etc(there are inline dimmers youcan get too)make sure the power rating is the same on the plug. Drill a hole right near the exsisting power cord. Feed your new cord in. Strip op the wires on the moon light and female barrel plug. Use wire nuts to connect them. And your set. If there are any questions let me know.
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Awesome!

Thanks! I just used this to add mine to a different timer, the other thing I did since my tank is deep is get rid of those week leds (busted them right off the rails) and used a single 24" blue LED strip (mode electronics from a local supplier). DRAMATIC improvement.

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Re: Aqueon modular led moonlight mod

So did you take out the blue lights or the regular lights? I'm adding another strip to mine. But not the aqueon I'm buying a strip from superbrightleds and wiring it to the existing switch.

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Re: Aqueon modular led moonlight mod

I did another mod to this fixture. I spliced two led strips together so I could add s fourth bulb. I cut the wire coming out of the strips then used wire nuts to attach two strips to one barrel plug. I didn't need to add another plug because the one it comes with is is powerful enough.

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I did another mod to this fixture. I spliced two led strips together so I could add s fourth bulb. I cut the wire coming out of the strips then used wire nuts to attach two strips to one barrel plug. I didn't need to add another plug because the one it comes with is is powerful enough.
In the above post you mentioned superbrightleds did you end up just using another Aqueon tube?
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Re: Aqueon modular led moonlight mod

I just added another strip I already had. I put pictures up on another aqueon led thread. Im worried the super bright LEDs will not be bright enough. The angle of light is 170+ degrees and. All the led fixtures and DIY setups I've seen on here have no more then 90.

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Any pics?

Hey Zackariah, sorry to bring an old thread back to life, but do you by any chance have any pics of what you did? I think i get what you did, I just want to be sure I don't screw my nice lights up. And what plug (the part that goes into the wall) did you use? Thanks a bunch!
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I don't remember sorry. I have since switched to higher output leds. it needs to be low voltage or you will burn out the blue leds. (there are only a few) I don't have any pictures. I did take pictures when I added more strips. they are on the aqueon modular led thread. Hope this helps.

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thanks!

No worries at all. I'll have a look at that other thread. I appreciate the reply, especially after such a long time, haha.
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No prob. Good luck.

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Why Aqueon set this liught up to be all on or only that one tiny blue led on is beyond me. I modified it by doing the following. Removed the one tiny blue led (moon glo)...cut it close to the light itself. Cut the male end off of my blue led tube...spliced the red and white wires (duh)...from the tiny blue led feed directly to the blue led tube. Now when you select the setting to the right, only the blue led tube comes on for an incredible blue moonglo effect...the setting to the left puts only the other two tubes on. Ideally, I would have got a female end for wire that fed the tiny blue bulb, then I wouldn't have to modify the tube...I was impatient and the closed electrical supply house that had the female end was miles away...this did the trick
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