My dad has similar issues with the dwarf sag in his 40G. It suddenly started melting off and didn't stop for a while. I think it finally started slowing down after a month or two. His was an established carpet that had been growing healthy for several months prior to the massive melt-off.
Based on my experience with dwarf sag, I doubt it's a light issue. I have a Spec II that I decommissioned several months ago, but was too lazy to fully tear down. I have one dwarf sag plant still in that tank that has been sitting in a dark tank with no heater or filter flow for well over 3 months and it still looks super healthy and green (no new growth though). Also, no fertilizers or water top-off during that time. It just gets a little natural light from an East facing shaded window. At this point I'm leaving the tank alone to see how long that sag can survive.
Wish I could be more constructive, but I think the lighting can be eliminated as the issue.