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Old 10-27-2011, 07:50 PM   #11
 
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Provided one has the carpentry skills to build a canopy for it...which I do not.
Thats me also Bryon, Which is why i didn't even think about it being a choice.
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Old 10-28-2011, 08:53 PM   #12
 
lol its really not that hard, but if woodworking scares you there is always the rain gutter method. I could never pay anywhere near $120 for a T8 fixture.
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Old 10-28-2011, 09:33 PM   #13
 
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lol its really not that hard, but if woodworking scares you there is always the rain gutter method. I could never pay anywhere near $120 for a T8 fixture.
LoL it doesn't scare me. I just have nothing to do it with nor do I really have the skills. I am sure I could build something. Just not sure of the look of the final outcome and I definitely can't do wiring! ! !
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Old 10-28-2011, 11:08 PM   #14
 
lol each to their own I guess. I don't personally own the tools required to make my wooden hoods, but at least have access to them. The rain gutter method is easier since you can likely get by without a miter-saw and possibly a drill. As far as the wiring goes thats easier then building the box to put it in. In all honesty if you are taking apart a premade walmart fixture and mounting it in a wooden canopy your really just looking at 2 wires that need to be connected. Its a bit more complicated if you start with individual parts like the ballast and endcaps. Lights are quite simple and they all follow the same basic wiring whether its T12, T8, T5, or power compact. The all-glass strip lights are pretty cheaply made, at least the single T8's that still have starters. The dual bulb ones might be a little better, since they are gonna have a different type of ballast with no starter. A good fluorescent fixture should start up with no flickering. Its much kinder on the bulb that way.

I have a habit of taking things apart that are not meant to come apart lol. It goes far beyond the aquarium. I've always been interested in how things work. If something becomes broken or is working poorly I just can't leave it at that. Its more a question of what I won't take apart. In the end all it really comes down to is if you can put if back together right. You don't know if you can't do something unless you try it first.
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