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Old 05-07-2013, 09:17 PM   #61 
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Briz, I did go back and read that too but I interpreted it two ways. One as sealing it from moisture and two sealing to make sure it stays put.

Now that we have learned our lesson the hard way. I am going to try and salvage the one's that are still working and then seal everything.
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:11 AM   #62 
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I got a response from the seller. He said he can send out replacements. I was thinking maybe going up in kalviens
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Old 05-08-2013, 03:12 PM   #63 
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How did you persuade him to send you replacements? I thought about that too, should have gone with the brighter ones.

just out of curiosity would you mind posting a pic of your LED's? I want to see how yours are compared to mine. I will post a pic of mine later on tonight.
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:04 PM   #64 
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i emailed him and told him the problem, i did also ask for a brighter set up. i will take a pic tonight when i get home i dont have any with the lights off to tell how dim they are
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I started thinking about the DIY about half way through but I didn't take any pictures until it was all done. So I might go back or ask this to be a sticky.

Here is the sellers store http://stores.ebay.com/the-jonvh?_rdc=1. Just search the store for '6500K' and look for the one that has '16 ft roll is 1600 Lumens'. That is the low power LED's that I used and they are plenty bright. The other listing is for more high power LED's that would be great for say 10 gallons and up due to the depth of the tank. Each purchase comes prewired with a 12v dc adapter and many length options are available.

The strip is marked every three LED's with a cut line that can be cut with household scissors. After cutting I took a razor blade and carefully cut away the sealent to expose two copper pads. They are labeled positive and negative so wiring is a no brainer. Just make sure you know how to solder small wires onto pads. I used my 15w iron and had no issues. Picture at the bottom shows the connections and size of everything in relation to a penny. Forget to mention that the strips have adhesive already on them so they are ready to just peel and stick.

The only thing I am going to do is go back and put a gob of aquarium sealent on all the connections just to make sure they are waterproof. Right now they are open to the chance of a condensation short.

BTW, Picasso84, where in NC are you located? I live just outside of Charlotte


That's great! Thanks! Sorry, it took me so long to respond, been busy, but I live in Salisbury, so yea, I'm just outside of Charlotte myself! :) where r u located?

Sorry the LEDs are getting messed up, I hope y'all are able to fix the prob & get replacements!

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Old 05-08-2013, 09:50 PM   #66 
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no problem, I know how life gets. I live just south of Charlotte in Waxhaw. It's a small one horse (aka stoplight) town but we like it out here.

Kyle89 emailed the seller and is getting a replacement set and hopefully the brighter one too. We will see how things turn out.
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:58 PM   #67 
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Here is a full shot of everything. It is really easy to notice the three original LED pods are way brighter than everything else. This was not the case when I first did the upgrade.



First set where the power comes in and two LED's are dying


This set is near the HOB filter so I think it stays moist and has caused this.



But at least my tank is still doing well


Kyle89, do you think I have a shot too at getting a replacement set even though I only sealed the ends and not the whole pieces?
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i get home in an hour and will throw some pictures up my plants still seem like they are doing well too
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:53 AM   #69 
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The first day with the upgraded LEDs only

The LEDs now

The LEDs now with the stock led on too

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5 gallon tank same eBay lights
You have the same tank as mine. I want to do something like this, is it hard to put on and how long did it take? Also did directions come with your purchase?
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