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can i DIY to this hood?

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got this hood for a 15g tall. looks like the bulb will be way too weak for a planted tank, so i was thinkin of doin something along the lines of the perfecto mod to this hood. yall think it will work?

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found this. guess its a 20w strip. so does that mean i cant run more than 20w with this thing?

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you could run a higher but but it will only put out enough power for 20W since thats all its rated for
You could gut it and instal a DIY kit if you feel comfortable enough with the electrical.
I'm pretty sure you can install a DIY lighting kit. Try
it doesn't seem like the process would be all that complicated. but i cant find anything small enough for it on ahsupply. the strip itself is only 12 in long. thats why i thought id do the perfecto mod type thing and turn it into a screw in daylight bulb or two
That 20 watt rating is the rating for the starter, which is what is marked as 20 watts. The mod takes all of those components out and replaces the whole mess with just sockets for the screw-in bulbs. So, physically you can modify this the same way I did.

You should remember though, that my modified light does not light up a ten gallon tank enough to grow much more than low light plants. And, I am using 20 watt bulbs in it, not 14 watt. A 15 tall tank is 17 inches deep, as I recall, so you need a lot more light than is needed for the ten gallon tank, which is only 12 inches deep. Subtracting 2 inches for substrate depth, the tanks are 10 and 15 inches water depth. Those screw-in bulbs lose intensity proportional to one over the depth squared. That means to get the same light intensity at the bottom of the tank (top of the substrate) you need 15/10 squared times as much wattage, which is 2.25 times as much. To get the same amount of light as I have you would need 90 watts of the screw-in bulbs. I suspect that isn't possible without adding a cooling fan to avoid melting the plastic.

I think you will need to either make a new light fixture, to use PC bulbs or T5 bulbs, or buy a new fixture. One advantage of doing that is that the linear tube bulbs only lose light intensity with depth proportional to one over the depth (not squared), so you need much less wattage of bulbs to get the same light.

Another problem with the retrofit I did is the small "aperture" of the light. All of the light has to go through the rectangular opening in the plastic hood, limiting the light considerably. If you made a light fixture or hood that covered the entire top of the tank you could probably get enough light from screw-in bulbs, providing you used at least 4 of the 20 watt bulbs, and with the larger volume to fit the bulbs in, they would stay cooler and possibly not need a fan.
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well dam there goes my idea lol. the tank is actually like 13. something in wide and long and 21 in tall. i was gonna have 4 ish in of substrate though which would put the depth of the water at 17 in like you said.

maybe ill turn this into a fry tank with minimal plants? idk ill have to think cuz i dont really wanna spend a lot on a new light fixture or anything like that
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