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post #41 of 61 Old 06-16-2011, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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Well i've actually decided to make it one double socket for now. I still have the extra 7 1/2-ish feet of gutter to customize if i ever want to add another single. But here are some pics of my progress so far. No paint yet, i'm waiting for the double socket to come in from my order so i can get the holes in before painting.

Thanks for the "vent" idea Zof. I might add some aluminum sheeting inside so the light doesn't escape through the vent holes though.




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post #42 of 61 Old 06-16-2011, 07:20 PM
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Looking good so far, and making progress. You might want to cut down the leads on your power cable to about half the size they are now, the less exposed wire the less chance for a short, you will only need enough to twist the wires around each other.

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post #43 of 61 Old 06-18-2011, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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How many total watts should i go for/be looking for? I have a 20Gallon long tank. From the posts earlier, i was thinking 30-40 watts, but will that be enough? and whats the highest wattage you guys think i can fit in my light fixture?

As for progress, it's still at a stand still. Sockets haven't come in yet.
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post #44 of 61 Old 06-19-2011, 01:49 PM
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I have 2 20 watt CFL from walmart on my 20 gallon, seems to do ok, I would like to put two more sockets in that fixture and add a couple more smaller bulbs but I've never got around to it.
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post #45 of 61 Old 06-19-2011, 04:49 PM
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depends on the output you are needing...i like four 13 watt bulbs...a much more even distribution of light.

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post #46 of 61 Old 06-19-2011, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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Haha i'll do a 2 double socket fixtures for my next project. I might make a 10G DIY light toooo.
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post #47 of 61 Old 06-21-2011, 03:20 PM
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I have 20W over a ten, and it's perfect. I'd do 30-40 over a 20 L

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post #48 of 61 Old 06-23-2011, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Well i just got my socket. I'm not really seeing how the screw will stay in the socket because down the middle of it is just one circle with nothing to "hold" the screw from completely falling through. Working on it though.:O
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post #49 of 61 Old 06-23-2011, 08:50 PM
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You want the head of the bolt to be big enough to not go through, while the threaded part small enough to go through the hole, if thats not possible, get a washer to make up the difference.

DIY projects are all about the 10 trips to the hardware store for parts we wouldn't think we would need
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post #50 of 61 Old 06-23-2011, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Is the 1/4" referring to the thickness of the screw where the threading is that you got?
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