Modify BOYU TL550 Lighting to be on Timers?

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  1. Nixxon

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    Hi Guys,

    Bit of a Newbie to this whole game... I got my BOYU TL 550 about 2 weeks ago and was wondering if there is a way to do the following:

    - Split up the white light from the blue lights so that I can run the white light from 09:00 to 17:00 and the blue light can run from 08:00 to say 18:00 and then switch over to the LED's for Night light?
    - Would the above not give a better transition between lighting, i.e. not such a harsh change?
    - I would like to put all 3 on timers so that I have a constant routine in terms of lighting, is it possible to modify the configuration to cater for this?


    Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks :)
     
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  3. Tony

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    Firstly, Welcome to MASA

    You will just need three timers and a large multiplug to fit them all. Are the different lights on seperate plugs?
     
  4. Nixxon

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    Hi Tony,

    Apologies, I should have been more specific... The TL 550 only has one Lighting plug, which is mostly the reason I want to modify my setup...

    I haven't opened up the Lighting Chamber yet but I dare say a little creative rewiring and some timer switches and we are in business.

    Was just curious if anyone knew of a way to do this?

    Thanks,
     
  5. regis

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    your best bet would be to remove the hood and add a pendant on top, the hood increases the temp in the tank.

    welcome to masa

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    Welcome to MASA...
     
  7. Tony

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    Oh OK. THen I have no idea what to do. MAybe one of our DIY pros can point you in the right direction
     
  8. Nixxon

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    Hi Guys,

    I know its been an AGE since I last posted here but I thought I would let you all know I managed to modify the existing hood to be on a timer using a Circuit Breaker Timer...

    Basically wiring it into the existing lighting circuit and leaving the T5 lights switch on... it fits in the hood perfectly and works a treat...

    If anyone wants to know more just PM me :)

    COOL :)
     
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    hi there...i got same tank recently and looking at doing similar, however, my electrical skills are non-existant, would appreciate any direction or assistance. looked at getting a timer, but as described above, that just switch on and off.....

    thanks
     
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    If it is PL tubes (I think the 550 uses the 36W ones) then you cant split the blue from the white as they are the same tube. They are combination tubes as standard. But you do get 10000K and actinic ones on their own and then you can split them.
     
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    thanks, useful info....Does anyone know someone that has rewired this or has the electrical skills to do so....I've no clue and dont want to risk electrical
     
  12. Masonman64

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    Boyu light fixture

    I also would like to know the wiring diagram for a boyu light fixture
     
  13. Manic

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    I did this on my Boyu once. I added an extra light (Standard one but all blue instead of half/half), so the tank had 3 lights. I then changed one globe to all white. This way you can run a blue light by itself, which looks cool. Was pretty easy, just take the hood apart. The wiring is very simple. I did a thread about it, will see if I can find it.
     
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    I stripped my hood when i added 4 T5 lights to it. Once you open it just trace from the switch-
    there wiring is pretty rudimentary the only circuit board is on the LED.

    If you trace everything before hand, diagram and label before you remove anything then you should be able to add 3 separate power plugs to the unit.
     
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