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weaselnoze 12-29-2006 10:03 PM

Building a lighthood..
this is for a 2.5 planted nano :) comments appreciated!

here's the breakdown of the build..


The entire hood is made from plexiglass and painted

building the sides

fitting the sockets

testing the bulbs

it fits!

wiring it up parallel (first in home electrical project, how'd i do? )

omg no one died from electrocution! phew..

genius at work...

seal up that electrical box good!

fitting the top. starting to look like a hood!

sand it down. sorry dont have a picture...

prime it for good stickage!

a few coats of flat black and we're cherry

add a reflector for extra reflectiveness. i used a piece of dryer duct. 2.79 at ACE hardware

and we're done! how'd ya like that? go ahead, critique me :)

Lupin 12-29-2006 10:09 PM

:shock2: Nice work.:shock2:
Good luck with the planted nano.:welldone:

crazie.eddie 12-29-2006 11:01 PM

Yeah, good job. That pic of you looks like you've been sniffing allot of glue. LOL

Nick 12-30-2006 12:07 AM

That is a great set-up. Love the step by step photo process :D Great job!

joeshmoe 12-30-2006 10:16 AM

do u have a slpash peace of plastic so water dosnt go in the lights?

SKAustin 12-30-2006 10:19 AM

Nicely done. I've relocated the thread to DIY.

weaselnoze 12-30-2006 12:14 PM


Originally Posted by joeshmoe
do u have a slpash peace of plastic so water dosnt go in the lights?

no guard in place at this time. may change in the future

Brandon 12-30-2006 12:52 PM

WOW get a pic with light on, it looks great. (maby i should do this...)

Amphitrite 12-30-2006 04:40 PM

Excellent thread weaslenose! I must say, you do look a bit like a mad scientist in that photo :lol:

Just one question, the bulbs you are using look like household energy efficient bulbs. If so, would they provide the correct light spectrum for the plants?

Brandon 12-30-2006 05:49 PM

Ya i was gonna ask the same thing because i wanna build one to.

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