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Old 11-02-2010, 01:17 AM   #11
 
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Were it me,, I would consider a fan or vent's to help disperse heat, but I'm liking it.
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Old 11-02-2010, 11:10 AM   #12
 
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cooling

i actually just got a fan from a broken space heater i found in the garbage...it is a little bit to big for the shop light fixture but like i said if i build a top in the future i will add the fan...heat does shorten the life span of the ballast after all...
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Old 11-02-2010, 11:13 AM   #13
 
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i got all the holes drilled and the light clamps in....how convenient when i had bought the clamps they did not come with all the nuts....good thing i live next to a local Hard ware store...they got me squared away....awww yeah...so far so good....
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Old 11-02-2010, 11:14 AM   #14
 
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looking good!!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-05-2010, 08:09 PM   #15
 
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hmmmm

so until i find or build a hood or canopy i have mounted one of the ballasts to the wall behind my aquarium and have the other ballast on the top of the reflector...i have a 6" fan for when i do use a canopy but for now the heat should be fine just dispersed into the air...we will see...
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Old 11-05-2010, 08:25 PM   #16
 
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Test run

OK...here i go...test run...its a go...it is so bright the pics dont do justice...one of my bulbs was broken during transport so i am missing a 65 watt until i get it replaced...238 watts...1 54watt HO 14000K daylight,1 54watt HO-420nm true actinic,2 65 watt 50-50 VHO, and this light takes up so little horizontal space i can still keep a T6 or two...i am satisfied...i will post a pic of my tank after they have soaked up some rays...
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Old 11-05-2010, 08:50 PM   #17
 
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very very cool .....
just a question is that the thermostat for your house? the ballast heat may throw that off a bit LOL (it did on mine at my old house)...
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Old 11-06-2010, 12:22 AM   #18
 
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yes it is my thermostat...and yes it doeas throw it off...by about 4 degrees...for now...i noticed the house grew colder but the temp read 76-78...it seemed inteligent at the time...being able to look at the house vitals ...i keep a digital thermometer for my tank and a hygrometer for humidity in this same area...but aparantly it isnt a good idea...were all still learning...all in all this came out awsome...my camera cant seem to display the brilliance...
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Old 11-07-2010, 07:49 PM   #19
 
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just tossing that out there ..as stated been there myself as for the lights yeah they look great!!!!nice job...
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Old 11-07-2010, 11:14 PM   #20
 
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bulb

still waiting for my replacement bulb....so half of my tank is brighter then the other...shouldnt be long tho...and thanks i thought so....just need to pretty it up now...
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