Due to a number of threads on here about people frustrated with the cost of the manufactured lights that have a higher wattage for plants. I decided to post the step by step of my retrofit of a 2ft allglass lightstrip, something I've done before. This is an easy project and can be done very cheaply. In this thread we will be removing the flourescent tube and installing two spiral compacts in this hood. This one will run 2x13watt bulbs for a total of 26watts. You can fit more in these though for example: 3x13watt, 2x18watt, and 2x23watt if you really shove them in there.
Below is most all of the stuff you need to do this. Actually its more than you need! Below is all the stuff you need to retrofit a hood and build a completely new 2ft hood. More on that later though. All of this was picked up at Fleetfarm, Home Depot, and Menards. Each store carries all the things you need though. Since mine are all withing a mile of each other I figured I would shop around.
Powerstrip- can be working or nonworking!
Twin light socket(Menards)- $4.29
6"x10ft Aluminum roll(Menards)- $4.45(optional)
Pack of (4) 6500K 13watt bulbs- $9.99
Some heat shrinks- $1.50
Tinfoil- ??? (optional)
Total cost: About $20 and you have two replacement bulbs and a lot of aluminum left
Tools you will need:
To be continued