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post #1 of 8 Old 08-10-2010, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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My very own Light strip!

My take one what so many have done before. Used the Rain gutter, and 13w 6500 CFL minicurl lights. Ran an old strip of cabinetry shelving track down the middle to hide my wires and give the strip some rigidity.
Still needs a coat of paint, but I lack the time to do it right now.
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Thanks to zof and Mikaila31 for their input and assistance in this build.

Because you can't starve us out and you can't make us run, Cause we'se them ole boys raised on shotguns.
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-10-2010, 04:43 PM
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Nice job! now thats some serious light! Your making me jealous, time to go buy another outlet and add 2 more!!!

Howd you space the outlets from the shelving track? Also how hot is it getting in there? Is it getting time for vent holes? Or just fine?
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post #3 of 8 Old 08-10-2010, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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There is 1/2 inch bolts to space them out. Haven't measured temp yet
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-10-2010, 05:08 PM
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I was just thinking, it might be more efficient to reverse the orientation of your sockets, like two facing out from the middle and the end ones facing in, should make it so more of the light is hitting the inside of the tank and not escaping out the sides. Middles are probably ok but the outside bulbs are probably pushing a ton of light out your sides based on their orientation.

Of course if your goal is also to light that part of your house more, its probably working pretty well!
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post #5 of 8 Old 08-11-2010, 04:37 AM
wow DIY lighting no one lets me do things like that.

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post #6 of 8 Old 08-11-2010, 09:02 AM
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My take one what so many have done before. Used the Rain gutter, and 13w 6500 CFL minicurl lights. Ran an old strip of cabinetry shelving track down the middle to hide my wires and give the strip some rigidity.
Still needs a coat of paint, but I lack the time to do it right now.
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Thanks to zof and Mikaila31 for their input and assistance in this build.
I am so stealing your idea...I hope I know enough about electricity..BBBZZZZZOUT

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post #7 of 8 Old 08-12-2010, 11:13 AM
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Interesting.

Pretty much exactly what I was planning on doing.... Wouldn't have thought to use raingutter though.

Hope you don't give your fishies a heart attack.

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post #8 of 8 Old 08-12-2010, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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Interesting.

Pretty much exactly what I was planning on doing.... Wouldn't have thought to use raingutter though.

Hope you don't give your fishies a heart attack.
All alive and well, brought out their colors nicely. well, as much color as an Opaline Gourami has.

Because you can't starve us out and you can't make us run, Cause we'se them ole boys raised on shotguns.
http://www.fishtanks.net/fishtank.php?fishtank=2245
http://www.fishtanks.net/fishtank.php?fishtank=2376
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