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Hanging fixture from ceiling - drywall?

I apologize in advance for my possibly naive question - I am new to any kind of home improvement/DIY work.

Today, I hung a Catalina Solar 24" over my tank. I didn't have studs in the right places in the ceiling, so I drilled a pair of Cobra Versa Hooks into the drywall. The hooks come with anchors which basically look like complex regular expansion anchors with little wings (but not comparable to actual toggle bolts). They are rated at 35lbs if used in a drywall, but I'm a bit nervous about this. Do I need to be concerned about this? The whole contraption feels pretty solid and the Solar isn't heavy, but I am wondering if I should find a better solution. A fixture smashing into a 57g rimless tank wouldn't be a pretty thing.

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Have you tried looking into rigging up a bar either from the side or the back, so you have something to hang it on?

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This. I use these for anything hanging from my ceiling.


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It really depends on how heavy the fixture is. Do you know the weight?
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I have 3 catalinaaquarium.com fixtures hanging from my ceiling, a 30", 48" and 72". I used two toggle bolts, with two chains suspended on one toggle bolt. The 48" has been up for years, never had a problem.
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If hanging straight from drywall, use the 'T' thing on the bottom left.


If you hit a wood beam, a regular screw will work.

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I just screwed a piece of wood to the rafters and then attached the fixture to that, but it was a DIY hood/light and heavy.
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I use exactly what Mrgreen posted, I thought it was called a togglebolt....
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Use a toggle hook.
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Thanks for your feedback, everyone! Below is a picture of the anchors that came with the hook. Not sure how much I trust the illustration with those little wings spreading - the anchors aren't very long, and I'm not sure how cleanly they went in. One broke when I hammered in, and I had to replace it. The other one went in a little wonky. The fixture isn't very heavy - maybe about 10lbs.

hydrophyte, would you know where to find toggle hooks? Even though it's a light fixture (no pun intended), I'd feel more comfortable with a set of actual toggle bolts.
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Iono those don't look too strong for a light. I think the butterfly anchors would have worked better.
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this is how I did it. I drilled the plank of wood into the studs and then hung the light from islets that are screwed into the wood. Nice and secure.

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those screwed hooks can just snap off real easy

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Thanks for your feedback, everyone! Below is a picture of the anchors that came with the hook. Not sure how much I trust the illustration with those little wings spreading - the anchors aren't very long, and I'm not sure how cleanly they went in. One broke when I hammered in, and I had to replace it. The other one went in a little wonky. The fixture isn't very heavy - maybe about 10lbs.

hydrophyte, would you know where to find toggle hooks? Even though it's a light fixture (no pun intended), I'd feel more comfortable with a set of actual toggle bolts.
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Thanks for everyone's quick feedback. So, where would I get toggle hooks, or alternatively, what's a good way to attach a chain to a toggle bolt as shown in hydrophyte's picture?

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Thanks for everyone's quick feedback. So, where would I get toggle hooks, or alternatively, what's a good way to attach a chain to a toggle bolt as shown in hydrophyte's picture?

toggle hook butterfly anchor. They are the same thing.

Take a look at my thread. It has all the parts I bought at lowes.
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/di...e-ceiling.html

That hook I found in the lighting department.

Instead of using the big S hook in the picture to attach the chain to the ceiling hook I got a quick link and used the smaller S hook to connect them to each other. You can see it in the pictures.
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