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Crazy canopy/light idea
Ok so im a more of a DIY person so i always look around for a outside of the box approach to things.
So heres my idea mounting 2 vanity lights from lowes Shop Portfolio Vanity Bar at Lowes.com
on the inside of a DIY wood canony and using 23w 6500k cfsl 23 Watt - T2 CFL - 100 W Equal - 6500K Full Spectrum Daylight - 80 CRI - 70 Lumens per Watt - 15 Month Warranty - Energy Miser FE-IISB-23W-65K | 1000Bulbs.com
one vanity on the front inside of the canopy and the second on the back board of the canopy and an acrylic splash guard with 2 pc exhaust fans mounted on the sides. the vanitys are 36in and hold 6 bulbs so im looking at 12x 23w 6500k cfls and because of the vanities spacing each light can have a small diy reflector
each bulb is 1600 lumen so in all the idea would give the tank 19,200 lumens 40$ for the vanitys and 39$ for bulbs then some wood screws and something for a splash guard. tell me what ya think crazy idea or maybe it just may work.
It would work just fine depending on the tank. One of the main complaints though with CFLs is their large size makes for a large hood. Also IMO lumens mean pretty much nothing. I assume with all that light you want to grow plants? Lumens is the measure of light as perceived by the human eye, which has a much different preference for light then plants.
You can get most lights to work. I have retrofitted lots of types of lights CFLS, PC, T8, T5, CCL.
This is basically what I have in mind to do with my tank, only not so much light. I was going to use 3 CFL bulbs.
Any updates on what you have decided to do?
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