Led Controller

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  1. WolfDragon

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    i need to figure out what led controllers are compatible with bot an aqua culture 10 gallon led hood and then a top fin 5.5 gallon aquaruim led hood? any help would be appreciated


    Basically i want to get autotimers so i dont screw up my aquarium day and night cycle as i dont generally get the proper sleep myself so the lights get turned on or off at different times of the day
     
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    I use old school analog timers on my whole fish room ..Besides the 24/7 type lights which are auto ..
    If the tanks are close one timer could do them both ?
     
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    so basically one of those timers that use a dial and has 2 outlets?

    i also want to simulate a sunrise and sunset if that helps any too
     
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    You need something different to have sunrise sunset ..
    I think you will find you need to build your own arduino controller since the lights you have probably don't have controllers made for them ?
     
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    i'll take recommendations for lights with controllers as im not really skilled enough to do arduino
     
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    I bought a pack of two outlet timers (you can buy just one) that allows for programming and has two outlets on the sides. That way you can plug in your light and not worry about getting a specific LED controller. They don't have dimmers so you can't do sunrise and sunset though.
    Not all LEDs support dimming.

    I also don't get proper sleep so "mornings" are usually afternoon for me. When I have a really bad night, the lights might not get turned off til mid to late afternoon. That's why I got timers.
    I do have a cheap $10 controller on my 7 gallon that does sunrise and sunset. But like I said, not all LEDs wired for dimming.
     
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    i did find that Interpet based in England has an autotimer with a sunrise feature built in and my local walmart does sell Interpet LED lights so im tempted to get those however the autotimer i would have to buy on the british amazon site and im not sure they would ship them to the united states
     
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    My $10 one is the "MingDak Digital Aquarium Ramp Timer" but it's not available anymore. There are similar ones though.
    I'm guessing that the hood cord is just a single outlet cord though,in which case you'd need a timer that you plug the outlet cord into and not the typical timers.
     
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    both of my hoods have a barrel jack on the leds
     
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    The thing is, I don't know if those LEDs can safely be dimmed. Forcing them to might cut their lifespan.
     
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    i was planning on replacing them with something different anyways once i get an email back from interpet
     
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    Then it probably would be easier to look for a timer for the new lights you get. What's your budget? I have Nicrew lights. Bright, good lighting, and under $30.
     
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    im looking at the nicrews now are they good and i need something that can be attached to the hood and not laid across as i have male bettas in 2 different tanks?
     
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    Ah, in that case I'm not sure if they'd work unless you can get them under the hood. I know there are LED light strips and stuff. I replaced my hood completely because it was a filter/light/hood and I hated the all-in-one setup.
     
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    sadly i cant really replace the hood as the ones im looking at are like 20-30 bucks for glass ones
     
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    i found an led light tht works well got it at walmart and its brighter than the one that came with the tank
     
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