How to build an LED aquarium light that is fully customizable, cost effective and looks great!
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16.4ft 5M Waterproof Rope Lights 300 LED 5050 SMD Color Changing RGB Flexible LED Strip Light + 12V 6A Power Supply + Remote + IR Controller
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If you had used mylar it would have been even better. Mylar is up to 97% reflective as to where aluminum is only 60% meaning 40% of that light is losted as heat
Make sure you get the right wattage leds. I learned the hard way on my 125. I think his are 90 watts.
you is dong😂
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I did this diy but the problem of led strip lights is they easily get burned, the white light becomes yellow over time
Will this work on a planted aquarium ?
watched this video and did one for a 55, works great, couldn't be happier with how it turned out
Would have liked some more before and after comparison clips. Well… thanks anyway =)
This is brilliant!! Was looking for a lighting solution for my new 125 and I just found it!
Bravo Joey! How would you arrange three Radion 30w for a 90gal discus tank. I’m considering a mounted tank arm for ease. Cheers
I will be doing this
Great idea!!! Were both strips connected to one power supply or separate power supplies. Could not tell on video. Saw the connections but not the power supply. Just got the lights today and on the way to the hardware store. Thanks.
I tried this build, and one set of LEDs burned out in a week. My second attempt will replace the PVC pipe with aluminium pipe for added heatsinking (as well as getting higher quality LEDs). I also found it necessary to glue the LEDs down – even 3M tape wouldn't hold it.
Love the presentation of your videos, brother. Your creativity and ingenuity are amazing!
Does this work for plants as well?
I added a light like yours my wife loves it thank you always a fan good job from Chris and sue stellato
Not still using these to light all tanks?
Fricking Brilliant!! Thanks!!
Ps I have a vid on my page which shows the light strip reacting.
Hi, just a word of warning! Be very careful if you make these for a marine tank.
I made a customs set for night time, moonlight effect.
The adhesive failed and the strip dipped into the tank, as the electrical rails are copper, this acted like electrolysis and dumped large volumes of copper into my tank killing nearly all my Corel and invertebrates, it also contaminated my full tank so was a right off!!!
I have these on my fresh tanks and love making my own, but Marine is more risky.
Who’s watching In 2019?
dear plz make 1 video for marin fish only tank light
Does it affect arowana eyes
Hey i just made one yesterday it’s really great and its better than the aquarium led
Could I just do one tube of lights instead of the two for a 30" tank? If I did the two tubes would I have to buy two sets of those lights or does the controller work both of the tubes of lights?
Wrong!!! white is better for reflection than that silver tape
I used aluminum foil with spray adhesive for the reflector. The foil is thin but it will never come come off and much cheaper than the tape.
good idea i did this but! no dont do this the plastic flaked off the light every 1 to 2 inches all along the tube the angle is to tight unless you can make a water proof housing its no good and you risk electricution
Also, don't mean to be too picky but the silver tape is a waste and may do more harm than good. Flat white will reflect more evenly if your tape is smooth. Mirrors reflect all the light in one place. Look at any high end grow light reflector. The inside is dimpled to more evenly reflect the light. If you see bright spots in the tank that is why. Try a sticky spray and crumple aluminum foil. Flatten it back out and glue it on. If you like the silver look that will do it more efficiently.
I have done this. The lights get extremely hot wrapped around pvc or aluminum poles. They burn out and do not last long. I have been through about 5 sets of light strips. Best way to go is 24v lights. Led net controllers are radio frequency and are way better. You also need a 110 to 24v converter. All this rbg lighting is on Amazon.
I used this for 6 months before the strip split in multiple places, exposing the circuit. It may or may not have something to do with the temperature.
How do you set the program to each setting, customisations essentially? Going to build for my 125G get the blue and reds showing on my bass!
White actually reflects more light that mirror (or shinny silver tape).
Could you use this build for a low light reef tank? I’m having a hard time finding some DIY reef lights and really love this build.
This is the cheapest and best performing DIY lamp I have ever seen 🙂
Wouldn't silver spray paint on the interior work will for a better price? Also you should try a rgbw to wifi adapter. Will basically give an app to control lighting from your phone along with a built in timer! Only 12 bucks on amazon
Led will fall off after heating
Pour water into pvc pipe and close the end caps with pvc solvent .
End result is led will transmit heat into the water.or you could use aluminium pipes as heatsink 😁😁😁
Used the same lights, and tape. I did 2 pipes and wrapped them the same as he did. Unfortunately not bright at all.
I like your design but it only cost me about the same to order my size light 🤘🏽
Anyone know if this idea will be ok for a planted tank ??
Joey, I hope you get this. I know this video is a couple of yours old. Has this build been enough UV for your plants?
can these lights be programmed to come on and off at scheduled times
Did you use 2 strips – 1 for each pipe? or did you use 1 strip across both pipes? if 2 strips, then are they independent of each other, i.e. 2 seperate remotes and 2 seperate power source?