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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-07-2011, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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Blue LED night light for under $6

OK.... I have NO idea how these are so cheap. I found these lights in ebay "48 LED Blue Flexible Strip Waterproof Car Light Bulb"


I got them and it is 2 24 bulb strips for $5.95 shipped, and they are bright. I am using both strips in my 125 and I think it looks awsome.

I double face taped them into my light fixture and drill a small hole for the wires. Then I found an old bluetooth charger that was 12v. I wired the strips to the power supply and..... all done.







Not bad for under 6 Bucks!!!
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looks good, but i would move them closer together to avoid the dark spot in the middle. Personally i would rather have the ends dark than the middle just my $0.02

i have ordered the same thing for my tanks and im just waiting for it to show up


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I got the same blue lights on ebay and they come in various sizes.
A really cheap option for a blue moonlight effect.
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There is a pretty wide brace in the middle of my tank..... so I always have a dark area in the center. I am actually designing the tank kinda in two sections.... the left will have the rack thing goin on and the right will be drift wood, root wood and lots of plants.
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I'd be worried about the double sided tape, unless you have a splash guard for when the tape releases.
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I was worried about The tape too because those metal halides get HOT, but that light fixture has a lense under the bulbs, and the LED strip is above the lense. I also have the top of the tank covered in plexi..... so it won't be a ploblem.
Thanks for the input :-)
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I'd be worried about the double sided tape, unless you have a splash guard for when the tape releases.
If you used 3m automotive double sided tape and you applied it dry I can basically promise you it won't let go no matter how hot the conditions get. I've been using it in actual automotive applications for years. Plus dropping a live electrical source into your tank shouldnt effect your fish in any way. Just be sure to unplug it before you stick your hand in the tank to retrieve it. This lesson can be learned the hard way if your heater cracks and you stick your hand in the tank without realizing it...

I'll be ordering some of these lights for 3 of my tanks....
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