night lights?

travdawg

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Do they make tube lights for night viewing? If so, are they t8, t12, or PCs? I would like to have some night lighting in my tanks so I can see my fishies in the evening, but dont know what I should be looking for, & dont want to blow wads of dough.
 

JadeButterfly

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Jan 23, 2005
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Re: night lights?

i dunno if they make strip lights for night light....but if so, it probably would be pretty bright...

I suggest to go with LED night lights...
 

Tom Wood

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Jan 24, 2005
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Re: night lights?

I have one of the triple LED (white) lights on both my 70 and my 90. If you really want to see the whole tank well, then maybe two would do better. If the inside of the light hood is painted white, then pointed up into the hood provides a nice even light.

http://autolumination.com/fixtures.htm (Scroll down)

They are made to run on 12 volt DC so a small wallwart is needed. The sticky back thing doesn't really work well, so plan on a different way to mount them. They are all-plastic, including the 'silver' ring.

TW
 

AV8TOR

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Re: night lights?

I also have the autolumination set-up but I went with 2 blue (3-LED) on my 55. Awesome effect and great price.

The fish seem to love it too. The LED’s light seems to twinkle light on the bottom from the water movement a little like metal halides do.
 

Tom Wood

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Re: night lights?

AV8TOR said:
The fish seem to love it too.

A few weeks after installing mine, I noticed a pair of very small, and very ugly, Corydoras nosing about the bottom. All head and no tail, a child only a mother could love. Dunno if the night lights led directly to love-making, but it might haved inspired them. :p

Other than that, there is also way less zooming about and crashing into things when the regular lights go out.

TW
 

Gill Man

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Re: night lights?

I got some of the moonlights from Drs.F&S all pre-wired and ready to be mounted, but after a few weeks, some lights were noticably dimmer than the others and at $30 each, I wasn't getting any more. I still use two of them on my 90 gallon acrylic tank and use museum putty (from Home Depot) to fix them in place at the edge of the opening on top of the tank. Great stuff, stands up to heat from MHs and dousing from water. Good for many uses around the household as well. You can even use it to keep wiring in place...just roll up a wad like gum and stick it where you want it! Comes off clean too.

Moonlights are definitely beneficial for both the viewer and the viewee.

Museum putty! It works!