I scrap the hoods on all my planted tanks, however, I usually will still use the light strip itself-I just swap out the light bulb for one that is better for plants.
I use and buy my light strips and bulbs in the lighting dept-not the aquarium dept. IME-florescent 6500k bulbs is what has worked best for my planted tanks, however, the color temp of florescent bulbs can be used up and you will have to change the light bulb every year, otherwise, you can sometimes see algae problems, poor growth and even plant deaths with some species.
When I remove the hood and keep the light strip-sometimes the light strip is too small/short and I have to make slats for the light strips to sit on. I usually use yard sticks I cut to fit for the light strip to rest on. On some the light strip is long enough to rest just on the inside lip of the tank
For my big tanks-I use the shop light strips with the 40w 6500k bulbs-I hang them over my tanks on chains so I can control the height over the tank.
For the smaller tanks-this can be more of a challenge-especially if it came with LED's and no way to swap out the light bulbs for the correct color temp bulbs. You could use the clip on lights or a sunny window to get the need light, however, with natural light you can run into some problems sometimes-over heating, algae, too short photoperiod to name a few.
Sometimes you have to get creative and go through a bit of trial and error and sometimes accept something that doesn't look as nice as what you would like for the sake of plant growth...