Multi plug and lighting in aquarium cabinet.

Deano3

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Hi everyone just curious how you light the inside of cabinet is there a cheap LED set to be had with sensor ?

Also is a tower multipug better to place in cabinet to plug everything into and does everything run off one multiplug ?

Any recomendations
Thanks dean

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I use two TP-Link Kasa Power Strip 3 outlets with 2 USB Ports to control everything from the filer to the skimmer. Secure, WiFi enabled to access everything remotely and allows you to schedule (the skimmmer, for example, runs for 10 mins every hour). The strips come in at 30 pounds each.
 

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I also use power strips located on wall behind cabinet. This allows for a a simple drip loop and saves space in the cabinet. The foot print of a tower multi plug is the same as a 2lt co2 bottle, so quite wasteful IMO.
 

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I may attatch to wall behind cabinet as no back pannel on EA cabinets.

I think i need 5 or 6 plug one for everything as dont need usb plugs as nothing runs from that. Then will run everything from the power strip.

I like the idea of smart ones so dont have to unplug when cleaning filters etc.

Any other recomendations or pictures of your set ups .

Dean

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For a simple set up use one or two of these Switched Extension Sockets, so you have no need to physically unplug.
Say two, as if one set blows its fuse you do not take out everything.
Buy decent makes from well known electrical supply places, some of the cheaper ones can leave a lot to be desired, safety wise.

Plenty of cheap battery operated led cupboard lights at the cut price shops, just press to turn on and off or use the ones with a PIR, lots on the usual online sites.

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I also use power strips located on wall behind cabinet. This allows for a a simple drip loop and saves space in the cabinet. The foot print of a tower multi plug is the same as a 2lt co2 bottle, so quite wasteful IMO.
Completely agree, a drip loop is essential.

Also agree that both the Kasa strips @Onoma1 suggested
Also the switched Masterplug type that @dino21 are a good option if you don't need any timers.

Both types have holes in the back so you can mount them easily.
If you only need one thing switching then you can put a single Kasa timer in the switched Masterplug.

Novelty factor with the Kasa types is you can set a scenario and if you use something like Alexa then could set the switches you wanted to turn off by saying something as simple as:
"Alexa, turn on water change"
Leaving your cabinet and display lighting on so you can see. Each of the Kasa 3 strip are also independently controlled.
 

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Thanks guys i currently have a 4 socket multiplug with old fashioned timers but do fancy a smart plug to save using the timers.

Only thing i need on timer really is the co2 and i normally unplug the filter and heater for water change what would be handy to be able to switch it off but as u say may be worth buying a single kassa smart plug for that.

Anyone got any pics of the insides of aquariums and the drip loop etc ? Like seeing how others organise

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drip loop
Simple really and think the photo says it all. A socket can be lower than the waterline but if it is you should always have the cable extend down from the socket before making its way up towards the aquarium. Safety measure incase water travels down the cable and would allow water to drip at the bottom instead of enter the socket.
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