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  • Posted on: 17/2/2015 12:14
fluorescent tube lighting swapping to LED #1
Hi

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.

Has anyone had any experience of this please?

Thanks
Plug1989 Plug1989
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Re: fluorescent tube lighting swapping to LED #2
If your light is a tube you can just swap the tube.
I personally would go to an electrical wholesaler like edmundson electrical or newey and Eyre. Someone will find something and cheaper
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Re: fluorescent tube lighting swapping to LED #3
Quote:

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.
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Re: fluorescent tube lighting swapping to LED #4
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
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Re: fluorescent tube lighting swapping to LED #5
It depends on what type of ballast is fitted to your hood. If it's a standard magnetic ballast then Arcadia do Led tubes to convert from standard fluorescent tubes. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ARCADIA-CLA ... m:mnX0-m4dxruaI68KpXeoBVw
They do not work with electronic ballasts or Juwel aquariums though.