I have a 50L aquarium with fluorescent tube lighting integrated in the hood. I'm doing a fishless cycle at the moment, and have a few plants.
I've noticed that although the tube lighting is covered with plastic they are becoming very hot. I was wondering if it's possible to swap them over to LED lamps instead? Not only am i worried about the heat but they are so expensive to run.
I asked in my local aquatics shop and they said i should buy a LED strip light that attaches on, but i don't really want to do that if i already have fittings for lighting built into the hood.
Plug1989 wrote: If your light is a tube you can just swap the tube.
It's not quite as simple as that - both fluorescent and LED lights require a driver circuit which is usually built into the fitting, and the two types are completely different. As far as I know there is not currently an LED lamp available which will work on an existing fluorescent fitting without replacing the driver circuit in the fitting.
If your serious about the led strip then it's curtains for your exsisting set up but you can screw fixing into the hood where your current tubes are take a look at tri spec led light strip videos on YouTube it shows what I mean alternatively have you heard of leddy led aquarium tubes they are retrofit they fit into your exsisting light fittings but have they're own power supply might solve your problem