$60AU DIY LED hanging sump light - VERY simple!

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  1. stewart1481992

    stewart1481992 Plankton

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    What you'll need (I bought all my stuff from Jaycar)

    Command strips - for mounting the finished product

    2 x Led lights that run off 240VAC Current (mains power for AU, 110VAC for US)

    2 x Light sockets for the LED lights. (push and twist type is best so it cannot fall out)

    1 x Box - I made mine from PLC (polycarbonate) and epoxy. but you can buy kit boxes.

    1 x Power cord with end exposed i.e. open wires at end that DOESNT plug into wall.

    4 x wall plugs

    4 x screws

    step 1

    Build box (or buy one) - using epoxy, glue wallplugs into each corner of the box. drill holes into lid over wall plugs so you can screw the lid on.

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    step 2

    Drill holes into box - 3 holes will be drilled into the box once made. 2 at the bottom for the lights to hand from and 1 on the side for the power cord to enter. try make holes as much of a tight fit as possible to avoid moisture getting in. holes on the bottom must be spaced so hanging lights don't touch.

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    step 3

    thread all cables through their appropriate holes and connect to plastic wire connector. connect both plastic connectors together using wire.

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    step 4

    connect mains power cable to closest wire connector


    step 5

    attach lid, mount using command strip, insert lights (i used 1 x warm white and 1 x cool white 4w LED lights) and turn on!

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  3. DBOSHIBBY

    DBOSHIBBY Sleeper Shark

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    I have mine hanging over my sump with a regular light socket that plugs into the wall. Hangs from a bracket inside the stand. im not sure why all the extra work here?
    But it does look kinda cool.
     
  4. diverdan

    diverdan Bangghai Cardinal

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    Looks cool. Mine is as simple as Dbo's and have great cheato growth. Nice build none the less.
     
  5. stewart1481992

    stewart1481992 Plankton

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    Thanks guys!

    i was looking for a low wattage solution, hence the LED's. my stand doesnt have a bracket or anything and i wanted to make it look as 'neat' as possible without drilling holes in my cabinet or permanently gluing it on. I had spare PLC lying around, a mitre saw, epoxy and a free day. So i thought i would make this exactly how i wanted it so i would never have to think about it again.

    the reason for 2 lights is so that i can have 2 different spectrum's if i like. As you can see in the photo's one light is warm white whilst the other is cool white.

    The idea behind this is a greater spectrum will be better for growth. not sure if thats right but seems legit enough to me.

    the circuit itself can be put together in literally 5 minutes. If I bought a kit box or some sort of premade box i could have had the whole thing finished and installed in around 20 minutes.

    But this looks better :p