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Awesome I want to do the rain gutter setup with some night time LEDs too, I can handle the DC portion but hate tinkering ...
OMG! i totally forgot about this thread!!! i promised you pictures and pictures you shall all have. Ive been super busy with work and my volunteer activities its not even funny... but i feel sooo bad for leaving you guys hanging. ill get on it!
the following pic is of the wiring on the 20L planted tank I built. Its the original ceramic socket setup i started with, and had to build my own brackets. when i take pics of my others i switched to a different style socket to simplify mounting.
the reason i used CFL screw in bulbs from home depot was 1) cost, 2) availability and 3) ease of wiring. They screw into a standard light bulb socket which makes life very easy :)
The preassembled lamp cord I used has 2 wires inside, a smooth and a ribbed wire. ribbed wire goes to switch, and the other side of the switch to the black wires for the sockets. the smooth wire gets tied to all the white wires. In my lights with metal brackets I use a 3 prong grounded cord but thats not necessary to make it work.
Well I've already built my own with a double light socket, its been working well the past couple of days in fact I plan on building another one with the left over rain gutter later in the week for my new 20 gallon.
and just a general FYI, I have been taking note of how warm the fixtures all get lately, of the 3 fixtures ive built and still use one has one bulb, one has two and one has three bulbs in it, none of them get hot to the touch at all and I was waiting a few weeks for observation to cut vents in mine. im not going to bother :)