I have read that one thread you wrote today and some others about the gutter fixtures and pretty sure I can do that. Seems straight forward enough. Which is why I was thinking about doing that but if that's not going to give me enough lighting. Is there something else I can do along those lines?
The gutter fixture with just vertically mounted spiral compacts should give you enough light if you can get around 100 watts of CFLs in there that will put you in about the middle of the medium light range IMO. It would be pretty simple. Just remember reflectors. Doing things cheap is one thing, but being cheap to the point were you loose light output is another. All fixtures should have a reflector even if it tinfoil or something.
As far as what I have been showing in the last few posts, its an option if you want to cheaply run some type of bulb other then spiral CFLs like power compacts, T8's, or T5's.
That's interesting but how safe would that be on the long run?
Well how it is in the pictures isn't safe at all as its just held together with electrical tape and those wires are not even rated for that high of a load...lol. Done properly and within reason there isn't a risk as long as you keep humidity down.
I said 'within reason' as risk can go up a great deal if you overdrive. I frown on overdriving a bulb as in the end its generally not worth it. Its done more often then it should be but you take a dual T8 fixture and rewire it to overdrive a single bulb, that bulb gets double 'watts' than its suppose to but actual light increase is only going to be about 50%. It also shortens bulb life, increases heat, reduces efficiency, and there is a risk of the bulb breaking. So as long as you stay within reason and don't go buy a 30 watt CFL and hook it to a 15 watt T8 things should be fine.
Wattages don't match up exactly, but using a 18 watt CFL for a 15 watt T8 isn't a big issue. For certain bulbs this may actually have to be done. It will be easier to say once I've played around with it some more. As bulbs get thinner I'm pretty sure they need more voltage, thats why a T8 fixture doesn't light a T5. It may take a 20 watt CFL to properly light a 14 watt T5. If your over-driving its going to get a lot hotter than normal. The T8 I hooked up is underdriven so its going to stay much cooler then normal. Its been on for an hour and its barely warm to the touch. Though its a 15 watt bulb its probably only producing 10-13 watts.
Once I've played around with it some more I'll make a thread with more certain explanations and some DIY/step by step. Wiring is a lot easier then it looks. Ballasts and drivers are really forgiving on wiring. You can rearrange wires in different ways and it will still light. Theres more combinations that work then don't work. Even if you have no idea what your doing you can likely still wire a light just through trial and error.