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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-11-2003, 06:10 AM Thread Starter
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someone explain to me the parts needed for a DIY lighting? like im confused what are ballasts, reflectors, etc. i don't know anything about electricity, lighting, im really lost.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-11-2003, 12:32 PM
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If you are confused then do yourself a massive favor and just buy a light. The potential for disaster when mixing water and electricity is very high. There is also a significant fire danger involved.
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I agree with Rex. This isn't something you want to fool around with if you've never done it before. If you want to do the research, then head over to www.ahsupply.com and read through their site. They do a pretty good job of explaining DIY lighting, since they're the experts in it.

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Ok, I definitely have to agree w/ Rex.
When it comes to lighting, I am a lost cause!!!!
So there will be no DIY lighting in this house..........
There are plenty of good lighting supply places recommended on this forum. AHsupply seems to get everyone's vote.
Also you could do shop lights from Home Depot or something and try your DIY skills on a hood.
At least the hood won't send you to the ER if you screw it up

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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-11-2003, 03:38 PM
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At least the hood won't send you to the ER if you screw it up
It might if you drop it in the tank while holding on to it.

I actually saw this happen once. It was funny..... To me, anyways.
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Tha happened to me once Doomer.. it stings :-)
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-12-2003, 08:25 PM
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Woah, this is kinda worrying me. I'm a complete newb to this also but you gotta start somewhere right? For me I'll be puttining OD lights in a canopy which I will also build at the same time over an empty tank. I hope this will make it safer. Please say so So a list would be good. Right now I got a ballast a bulb and the endcaps, am I missing anything?
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-13-2003, 01:24 AM
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Life insurance perhaps some cable with a plug on it's end, wire nuts, some kind of reflector... and a timer... that should be it...
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Can you recommend a good timer? Most come with switches on them for manual turn on/off, right?

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I bought a couple of digital timers off ebay. They work great and are very accurate. I don't like the analog timers that use a clock motor. They tend to drift and aren't known for their accuracy.
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I bought a two-pack at HD for $5.99

They have a little switch that allows to turn them off when they are on, and turn them on when they are off.

I don't think drifting or accuracy is a big problem for this application... However, for some reason we have a lot of power outages, and that definitely causes problems, so I agree w/Doomer and recommend to get digital timers with battery backup.
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-13-2003, 07:42 PM
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Power outages are all too common around here too.

I have 2 timers on my big tank each controling 2 fixtures. With digital timers they come on and go off within seconds of each other. This would be difficult to do using analog timers.
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