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Old 06-13-2011, 04:21 PM   #11
 
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if you are still interested you will be needing a plastic gutter and end caps preferably to make it a simpler construction...simply hacksaw the proper length for the inside of your tank lip..dont forget the end caps add a little to the length..
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Old 06-13-2011, 04:25 PM   #12
 
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i like to add some T-8 flourescent lighting to mine as this helps complement the spectrums ..optional for you but great for the salt water tanks that need a lower nano meter bulb.here i have an old ballast from a broken hood.they arent too much at a searings or what not..
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Old 06-13-2011, 04:28 PM   #13
 
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you will probably just be incorperating the incandecent lighting wich you can go either double ended or singles..i like to just combine them as needed to fill the lighting needs of the tank in question.simple tie the wires accordingly with wire nuts from a hardware store..
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Old 06-13-2011, 04:32 PM   #14
 
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now the placement of the lighting can differ from tank to tank and from the brand of sockets you have so this will have to be mesured to your specifics...remember that none of the bulbs can touch the gutter and that the ballast from the T-8 cannot touch the bulbs either if you chose to use one..you can acomplish this through the use of nuts and bolts to help extend the sockets if they are too close to the walls..dont forget to add some slits or holes in the top to allow a little ventilation.
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Old 06-13-2011, 04:35 PM   #15
 
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here is one of my units without its reflector.you can use anything that is reflective and heat resisitant.as you can see its pretty bright and cost very little especialy if you have some parts laying around.it is also nice to have just the right lighting for whatever situation..once you conquer this you can do many other lighting DIYs
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Old 06-13-2011, 04:49 PM   #16
 
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as mentioned earlier if you havent done wireing before or dont feel comftorable with it get some help..two heads are better than one and some extra input can help modify things for the better.it should be cake if you leave out the T-8.
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Old 06-13-2011, 05:27 PM   #17
 
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do the dual light sockets come with a power cord? another thing i'm confused on is how the dual light socket is gonna connect to the power cord. ): haha i hate this..
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Old 06-13-2011, 05:43 PM   #18
 
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some come with a cord but most do not...i usualy go to a thrift store and find one there for 50 cents if i happen to not have one..just attach the wires as ZOF has mentioned and be sure none or the wires touch each other and your good..you can in theory get it backwards and it will still fire up if you are just using incandecents..i sometimes will buy something at a garage sale or secondhand store with full intentions of taking it apart and keeping the screws and cords..iif the price is right...i have acuumilated a number of goodies from thrown away devices.alot of people will do a DIY and spend way more than they should not to mention man power and hours.i am known as the ghetto king here..i DIY with whats around me..it works.
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Old 06-13-2011, 06:29 PM   #19
 
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If they don't come with it, do i a part of the power cord and wire it with the wires from the socket?:O Or does the power cord go to the on/off switch, then the socket wires run to the switch as well?
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Old 06-13-2011, 07:20 PM   #20
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Look at my diagram, one cable from the power cord will connect to one cable on the light socket, the other wire on the light socket will connect to one wire on the switch, the other wire on the switch will connect to the other free wire on the power cord.

You are creating one big circle with the cables, no cables should be free or have more then 1 other connection to them.

Think of just hooking the light socket up to the power cable, pretty simple right? Each has two cables and each cable is connected to its color match, all we are doing with the switch is adding it in between one of the pairs of cables to stop the flow of electricity when we want.

If you get a third wire in the power cord then just ignore it, its just a ground cable, with this small of a project its unneeded (most the time this third cable is green)

And if your really having a bad time understanding all of this, ask one of your friends that works on cars to help you, they know simple wiring.

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