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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-29-2010, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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DIY In-stand lighting

I'm looking at making my own lighting under my stand using some LED light strips I found on ebay. Item # 130382778625. I want to order two of these, but want to make sure I have no issues when wiring them up. Can I just use something like an old cell phone charger for the wall plug and wire them together?

My second question is regarding the stand I have (seen here, for a 75g). Can I drill a hole in the side of the stand to place a switch there without and adverse effects? Wouldn't be bigger than an inch probably.
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A cell phone charger will not run one much less two of those lights,they are only 5 volts.You will need a 12 volt power supply.
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Look for an old power adapter around your house. Something that was for an old rechargeable device. Should have a barrel connector on the end more than likely. Those old adapters are almost always 12v. I used to use them to test out 12v car accessories. Make sure you read the label and it says 12v. Otherwise you could have a melty situation on your hands... ...or no light.
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Alot of cordless phones have 12v power supplies.
I used an old cordless phone 12v power supply to power 2 small fans I have
mounted on a shop light thats got an over driven T8 ballast.

If you cant find anything, Radio Shack does sell these exact power supplies
as replacements for electronics.
Make a trip to Radio Shack, tell them you are in need of a 12v power supply.
Dont tell them what for, they will show you what they have and you can go
from there.


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LED? Naaah, recycle fridge . As a plus it even powers up when you open door

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LED? Naaah, recycle fridge . As a plus it even powers up when you open door

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