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MickeyA 05-22-2012 05:38 AM

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
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 |
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.

Mikaila31 05-22-2012 12:00 PM

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.

Termato 07-03-2012 11:57 AM

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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