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Someone here a while back around winter time had build a light set up for their tank where the light was covered with a ...
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???
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.
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.
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
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 :)