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My $3.00 Moonlights

I was out shopping today and stopped in the dollar store to pick up some measuring spoons and came across these mini led plant lights for $1.00 each. As soon as I saw them moonlights popped into my head. So I picked up three of them, opened them up, cut off the photocell and wired them to a 5v dc wall wort and presto cheap moonlights. Mounting was simple, I just cut off the stake for pushing it in to dirt and screwed them inside my canopy. For 3 bucks and some spare parts these are hard to beat.
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What do they look like on? Great idea BTW...
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Thanks, they looked pretty decent this morning before lights on but the room wasn't dark. They are adjustable so I can direct each one where I want. I'll take some night photos tonight and post em.
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Are they white or blue? You should take some pictures of them on.
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someone else did something similar but kept the photo cells. the regular lights charge the moonlights enough so they stay on for a couple hours after lights out
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someone else did something similar but kept the photo cells. the regular lights charge the moonlights enough so they stay on for a couple hours after lights out
Yes, that was with the solar powered one. That's pretty cool too. Mine are just the battery operated ones with white leds converted to the 5v wall wort. It looks real nice with the lights out, it has the shimmering effect real good with very little spot lighting. I'm working on a photo but I'm having camera problems. I have a Canon Rebel but I forgot what settings I need to use for the photo to come out right. Time for some reading.....
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OK, here is the best I can get for now with my crappy photo skills. The shadow in the middle is from a canopy brace so I will need to re position the middle light. It's not really bright as the photo shows but that's the closest I could get it. I just need to play with night shots more. I'm really pleased the way this looks not to mention the cost.
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Wow those are so bright, they look great. How many gal?
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It's a 75 but like I said, I'm having problems setting the iso and other settings on my camera to get the picture to show accurate. This is close but it's much dimmer in person. The glare on the left isn't there. It's kind of a pain because I have to set up my tripod and manual shutter switch. I'll get it right sooner or later.

EDIT: I did drop the voltage to 3v instead of 4.5v and it looks better. I'll update when I get some better photos or a video.
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o wow those look pretty nice, i think i saw them at the 99 cent store before and wanted to do the same thing, maybe ill pick them up next time i see them!
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Thanks again, I appreciate the comments. I still haven't gotten around to taking better photos but you get the idea of how it looks. Keep in mind this is on a 75g and the photo is overexposed so it's really not blasting bright. It can be adjusted from 1.5 volts up to 12 volts dc with a flick of the switch. Pretty cheap, simple and effective.
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o wow those look pretty nice, i think i saw them at the 99 cent store before and wanted to do the same thing, maybe ill pick them up next time i see them!
Yes, definitely pick some up. I like what another user did with the solar powered version of these. You might want those instead if you want to eliminate the ac to dc wall wort.
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