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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..

Hardscape

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...0build/001.jpg

The entire hood is made from plexiglass and painted

building the sides
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...0build/002.jpg

fitting the sockets
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...0build/003.jpg

testing the bulbs
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...0build/004.jpg

it fits!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...0build/005.jpg

wiring it up parallel (first in home electrical project, how'd i do? )
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...0build/006.jpg

omg no one died from electrocution! phew..
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...0build/007.jpg

genius at work...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...0build/008.jpg

seal up that electrical box good!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...0build/009.jpg

fitting the top. starting to look like a hood!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...0build/010.jpg

sand it down. sorry dont have a picture...
http://digital-desert.com/sand-dunes/240-2347x.jpg

prime it for good stickage!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...0build/011.jpg

a few coats of flat black and we're cherry
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...0build/012.jpg

add a reflector for extra reflectiveness. i used a piece of dryer duct. 2.79 at ACE hardware
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...0build/013.jpg

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

Quote:

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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