This is a small DIY video I made to show you how to make a affordable strip light for your fish tank or other project like Under Counter Lights etc. I put this together temporarily to see if it would work for me. In a bedroom it looks great but somewhere else it may not be bright enough. As a accent light or in combination with other lights would be fine. Rick
For a better downward directional light ,try gluing some baking foil to the underside of the LED strips ,the reflection should bounce the light in a downward direction ,because of the wooden structure of your hood ,you are losing some of the light that is bouncing off the side of your hood . hope this helps . take care.