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post #1 of 25 Old 05-16-2010, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
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Question Looking for the User with raingutter light set up

Someone here a while back around winter time had build a light set up for their tank where the light was covered with a white rain gutter.....where is this User cause I can't find the thread any more????

My question is if there was any kind of air vents / holes cut in to the Gutter for ventilation purposes???

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post #2 of 25 Old 05-16-2010, 12:15 PM
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Natalie- Why are you trying to fry my brain cells with trying to remember things like this so early in the morning??
Here's the thread:

adventures in budget DIY lighting

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post #3 of 25 Old 05-16-2010, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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WHY could you find it and my search returned nadda???? NOT FAIR! But it was beetlez so lemme hunt him down

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WHY could you find it and my search returned nadda???? NOT FAIR! But it was beetlez so lemme hunt him down
Believe it or not it's just something that stuck in my head because what beetle did with the whole rain gutter thing impressed me. It's funny what you remember and don't remember. I can recall this thread but if you asked me what movie I saw last I'd have to really stop and think. Go figure.

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post #5 of 25 Old 05-16-2010, 11:41 PM
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what can i say, i have that effect on the ladies :D lol

just sent nat a pm, but yeah I didnt bother drilling air vents in mine to see if they needed em. no melted parts yet! Actually, I now run... lemme think... 3 of them and im going to make another for my 55 so i can put my strip light on the girlfriends 75g she just got :) eventually they will ALL be gutter lights except my 10g betta/cory tank that has a prefab strip light.

one of these days ill do an actual dollar for dollar breakdown between building one and buying one for kicks. now im ranting.

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post #6 of 25 Old 05-16-2010, 11:56 PM
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what can i say, i have that effect on the ladies :D lol

one of these days ill do an actual dollar for dollar breakdown between building one and buying one for kicks. now im ranting.
Yes you do

You're not ranting you're just talking aloud. Ranting is complaining, which we know you don't do. Ladies men don't rant.

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post #7 of 25 Old 05-17-2010, 08:19 AM Thread Starter
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So lemme ask one more question prince charming

You used CFL screwed them in right? I wanna have this over one 4ft 32w T8....think that'll be alright? I planned on leaving the left side of the gutter open so to say as its close by the wall and you won't see anyway.

I kept putting my hand on the strip light after its been running all day and it get's warmish but not hot by no means

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post #8 of 25 Old 05-17-2010, 09:59 PM
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so wait, you want to make a gutter light using a 4 foot T8? if so, whats your question exactly? if you need ventilation or not?

i would say it would be fine. I tried leaving the end cap off one of mine and it shined up the wall like vegas lol

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post #9 of 25 Old 05-18-2010, 10:05 AM Thread Starter
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Yes its for the 55g, its 4ft strip light to be hidden in a gutter (white) and I will leave one end cap off since that's against/ close by the wall anyway for some ventilation. Its housing 1x32w T8.

Think that'll be fine w/out extra ventilation?

Any good tool idea how to best cut the gutter so its gonna be super nice and not cricket?

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post #10 of 25 Old 05-18-2010, 04:29 PM
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I use whats called a pull saw to cut my gutters, as it makes a more accurate cut. it doesnt need to be PERFECT as the ends get stuffed into a slot on the end cap, unless of course its fit to sit down inside the tank frame, but using a strip light with no glass lid is sketchy lol

it would be fine without ventilation, but i think you will wind up being happier using both end caps (they are sold as a pair anyway) and drilling a few holes in the back if youre worried about it getting too hot :)

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