Fishtank table lighting reflection issue - help!

Old 07-07-21, 09:47 PM
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Fishtank table lighting reflection issue - help!

Fishtank table lighting reflection issue here.
Basically the lights reflect off the water when looking straight on from above (table).

I'm sure there's a simple solution.

This is the bad view. Lights clip on the back side.

From the other side. No issues.

Top view from bad side, issues..

Top from good side, no issues.
can I block the reflection?

Lights I'm using.
Old 07-08-21, 12:27 AM
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Not really understanding the issue or what defines the good vs bad side?
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Move the lights to the front of the tank. Short of using a diffuser to soften the "pin-point" effect of individual LEDs, that's all I can think of. Submersible diffused lights might help, but I think they could have issues with leaking and maintenance..
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If I understand correctly you don't like the way the light is reflecting off the surface of the water? You can't change water so your only option is the light. Move it. But, remember that light will reflect then as well, just in a different direction. The other tables like yours that I have seen have the lights all the way around the perimeter above. Spreading the lights out allows dimmer emitters so the reflection isn't so strong while more emitters insure that the tank gets enough light. And, the reflection becomes part of the design.

Aquariums are tough but be careful that nobody kicks the aquarium or shifts heavy weights on the top. Tanks like that aren't designed to take blows or support weight on the top like that.
Old 07-08-21, 06:24 AM
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You could mount the led's inside a track. Example.

Then snap a diffuser onto the track. Example.

There are a variety of sizes. Example.
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Since most viewing probably is from the long sides, try mounting the lights on the ends to see if that reduces the visibility of the reflection.

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