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Moonlighting your tank

I know there are more than one way to moonlight your tank. I just did mine over the weekend. The good news is ...... it is the right time to get the light.

I bought a few of these LED dome Christmas lights. They only cost me about $12 a box plus tax. I only end up using one box and have a few extra to light up my house.

What I did is just string the light between the flourescent bulbs and use small plastic holders and tiny screws to fasten it to the canopy. Then hook it up to a timer. It turn on a few minutes before the main light turn off and vice versa.

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Cool idea. Could we get a picture of the inside where you attached the string of bulbs? And how long is one of those strings?

Thanks for sharing!
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I just thought of something else... are you not worried about the plastic of the Christmas lights melting from the heat of the lights? Seems like it might be a problem.
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I bought a R2 Moon light.. and connected it to my ReefKeeper. It lights my 60P ADA nicely..

Are you afraid the lights will get covered from being wet/dry all the time? Do you have something between the lights and the water?
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these are christmas lights made for the outdoors, i think they will be fine over a fish tank. I'm stoked about these lights, honestly. That is an amazing price for 60 LED's already wired that can withstand rain, snow, and ice... i see some crazy diy projects coming out of this.


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I agree! Could I get a pic of the inside of the hood and also a shot of the plastic holders and screws? I've been waiting to do this to my tank for months!

Where did you get the lights/holders/screws?

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that is a really cool idea

i have a lamp that kicked the bucket recently with a great reflector
im thinking i could gut the lamp and incorporate the LED lights
with the lamp

thanks for the christmas light idea
did you buy them at walmart?
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do they make them in white?

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they sure do... target has them... you can count on me to go ahead and grab like 30 million strands haha


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thats an awesome idea
the tank looks great with the blue color

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It seemed that afew of the questions already been answered in this thread. So I just detail a little bit more.

I got the lights from Target and yes they do come in white, blue and multi colors. These lights are made for outdoor - rain, shine or snow - so should be fine in humid condition

Yes, the flourescent bulbs are hot to touch. But they are not that hot enough to melt plastic. I run the main lights for 16 hours a day.....so far everything look fine - no meltdown.

The plastic clips are home-made. I have a lot of ABS plastic. So I just cut a strip of 2" x 1" and heat it up and bend it half. You can probably buy these plastic clips that they use for wire management for this application.

All I did is just string the light around the canopy and in between the bulbs - left to right - concentrating in the middle area of the tank. My tank is a 150 - 60 x 24 x 24. I only use a box (60 LED bulbs and 19 ft. long) and they are pretty bright for the tank.

I will take some pics later on how I string the light inside the canopy.

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How many white bulbs would I need to run for my 55?
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How many white bulbs would I need to run for my 55?
Well.............it depends. Are you trying to light up the whole tank or just moonlighting your tank?
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I too put a short string o these blue Xmas lights at the base of rear bottom of my tank. Comes on 15 minutes before other lights go off at 10pm, goes off around 1am. Looks nice!

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