DIY Moonlight’s


making diy moonlights

Moonlights are one of the most attractive parts of an established aquarium but they can be expensive, hard to source and often not customized to your aquariums dimensions or personal taste. LED moonlights can often cost upwards of $50 for what is essentially nothing more than a few resistors and blue LEDS.

This guide will explain how to make your very own set of DIY, moonlights, not only do they look amazing but you can customize both the brightness and number to suit your aquarium and personal taste.

Before beginning it is important to realize this is an electronic project and working with electronics always carries the risk of electrocution. Make sure to use take appropriate precautions and have your project approved by an electrician before use.

Moonlight Check List

  • Soldering Iron
  • Lead free solder
  • 10ft Red 1-2/16" Insulated Copper Wire
  • 10ft Black 1-2/16" Insulated Copper Wire
  • 5/10/12V DC adapter
  • 1ft 3/16" Shrink Wrap Tubing
  • Resistors (Calculator Below)
  • Plastic Zip Ties
  • 470-480nm 3.3V LEDS ~ 5000MCD
  • 3/16" Aluminum heat sink (length of aquarium)

Choosing the Correct Parts

Wiring the Moonlights

Installing Moonlights