Agreed. I may just try a smother the whole thing with aquarium sealant approach. I just picked up the Tetra 5 gallon kit from Walmart that looks to have the same lid yours does. If the lights end up as a go I'll post the results. Maybe it can help others to get this cheapo set a little more durable. :D
The strips you originally posted. He said he had cables with clips for the tight turns, so I'll probably grab some in a few weeks and attach them to the lid with some epoxy or adhesive silicone, the slather aquarium sealant over every last inch of it and see how it goes.
Probably do the same for my 1.5 gallon, even though it has a splash guard and a raised lid. Like this but smaller and the older light bulb version. It will probably be a shrimp tank, though, so I may go with lower light to not kill the moss.
Thanks. Glad to see that it is helping people do more DIY projects than spending crazy $$$ on LED lighting.
I have some updates that I need to post but have not found the time. My original setup didn't last because it's not 100% waterproof, more like water resistant.
When my stock LED's went bad the manufacturer replaced my whole hood for free under warranty. So I have another strip of LED's waiting to go in but I need to find a way to make them waterproof.
I actually gave up on the led strips and couldn't find a lighted hood to fit my 5 gallon so I got a 10 gallon at petsmart. I still have the second set of LEDs that where sent to me as a replacement. I'm thinking of building a glass lid for the 5 gallon and make a from for the LEDs to go over the glass lid so the are not water exposed and see how that works.
I shall call him Squishy, and he shall be mine, and he shall be my Squishy!
it would be cool to see that. are you going with a DIY vacuum forming?
My replacement strip is out in my garage too awaiting to go back in the new hood that was repalced under warranty. I want to test out the flowable silicone and see if that will help seal the strip better.