So after looking through about 40 pages of DIY ideas, I started to get the itch to DIY something myself.
I visited my local auto store and came across these LED lights. This particular set is 28" in length. The awesome thing about these lights are that they are flexible, they can be cut to different lengths, they install with an 3M adhesive backing and instead of the round bulbs protruding from the top of the strip, they are small rectangle bulbs that run along the bottom of the strip, which was perfect for how I want to mount them.
First I cut the wires that connected each strip to the demonstration battery pack. I then twisted the pos. and neg. for each strip together.
I happened to have a RCA universal adapter lying around, if you have kids, you can never have too many of these things. The great thing about this one is that there are two holes on the end of the wire that clearly show pos. and neg.
Using pair of needlenose pliers, I crammed the twisted wires into the corresponding hole and used electrical tape to secure it.
TADA! Let there be light.
I then attached both strips to the back of my coralife T5NO strip at the back on the bottom most edge. And braided the cords together a little to keep it clean-"er".
So I know some of you may be thinking it's an awful lot of lights for moonlight and this may very well be true since it's daylight right now and I can't tell. BUT..... there is always a but right?
The ac/dc universal adapter I used works as a dimmer also. I found that I can lower the voltage from 12v down to 6v and still get light, just less of it, any less than 6v and there are no lights, essentially an off switch also.
And even on the lowest setting, if it is still too much light I can trim 3 leds off at a time.
Ok, that's it, my little DIY project for the day. Cost me $25 for the LED lights at the auto parts store and took me maybe 15 minutes to put it all together. I hope to post more pictures later this evening of the lights in action or maybe try something new and do a video?