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NWA-Planted 03-25-2013 04:56 PM

Light suspension
 
So, to go along with my thread on my stand I need a way to suspend my led fixture. Was looking at using electrical conduit bent to go out over the tank. Just curious if the conduit will be strong enough?

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Hoppy 03-25-2013 05:24 PM

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Originally Posted by NWA-Planted (Post 2936210)
So, to go along with my thread on my stand I need a way to suspend my led fixture. Was looking at using electrical conduit bent to go out over the tank. Just curious if the conduit will be strong enough?

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That depends on how heavy the light fixture is, and how far from the vertical run of conduit the light is hanging - the farther out it is, the more it bends the conduit. When I tried that I found I had to go one size larger in the conduit to avoid excessive bending. But, that isn't an expensive mistake.

nvladik 03-25-2013 05:25 PM

The "UL approved" conduit that's rated to suspend lighting is very strong, it should be good.

NWA-Planted 03-25-2013 05:51 PM

Re: Light suspension
 
Good to know, the fixture isn't heavy at all probably go with two sticks of 3/4" run all the wires etc :-) thanks guys

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HD Blazingwolf 03-28-2013 08:42 PM

im a ceiling hanger personally. i don' want poles sticking over my tanks. instead i have 2 eyelets in my ceiling and they have fishing line strung through them. this makes them hard to see and the focus point more on the tank

NWA-Planted 03-28-2013 08:50 PM

Re: Light suspension
 
Thought about ceiling suspension.... However the wife said no lol also this keeps the tank along the theme of being fairly "self contained"

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danielt 03-28-2013 08:50 PM

I did all my fixtures with shelf brackets and pvc foam jambs.

HD Blazingwolf 03-28-2013 09:55 PM

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Originally Posted by NWA-Planted (Post 2967266)
Thought about ceiling suspension.... However the wife said no lol also this keeps the tank along the theme of being fairly "self contained"

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Lemme take some pictures see if she doens't change the mind :)
at least if ur consideringthe option

Unikorn 04-01-2013 10:01 PM

HD Blazingwolf,

When you say eyelets are you talking about something similar to a plant hook?
I would assume you would use ie. a deep sea fishing line, this way it wont snap.
Would you put the eyelets by studs or are they ok in the ceiling? Would I need to put anything over the eyelet in the hold like one of those plastic screw covers?
I would love to see a pic, its always easier when you can see what the person is talking about :)

jeremy va 04-02-2013 02:23 AM

Here's a suggestion for something that costs a bit more than conduit but looks pretty cool: Lowes/HD both stock galvanized water pipe. It is hefty stuff and comes in various dimensions from about 1" OD to 2"OD. They also sell all the fittings including flanges so you can anchor it to a floor. They have 90 degree fittings, 45 degree, "T's" and so on. It is threaded pipe and the cool part is that (at least in VA) they will cut and thread the pipe for FREE. As we all know, FREE is good. So you do your measurements and go in to the store and select pipe and someone threads it. You then take it home, wash it in soap and water, dry it, wax it and there you are. I've built stair rails out of it, towel racks and other things. It is not super cheap but it looks good. A bit steampunk.

Unikorn 04-02-2013 04:51 AM

jeremy,

I would attach the pipe to the floor? I'm trying to understand how you would put it together. I'm a girl lol I don't do DIY very often, I'm going to make that change.

All your base 04-02-2013 02:39 PM

Unikorn,

There are lots of options. You can use a flange to anchor the end of the pipe to the floor or the stand:

http://d3spdo3nk3n5ki.cloudfront.net...oor-flange.jpg

And/or clamps to clamp it to the side of the stand:

http://www.industrialsupplies.com/im...s/73-490_p.jpg

http://www.midlandhardware.com/asset...cts/382047.jpg

Best bet is to go to a Home Depot or other big box store and just look around near the plumbing section. Use your imagination. That's half the fun of DIY'ing.

DogFish 04-02-2013 03:01 PM

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Originally Posted by NWA-Planted (Post 2936210)
So, to go along with my thread on my stand I need a way to suspend my led fixture....

How heavy is the fixture? Is it a strip or PAR38 bulbs?

Unikorn 04-02-2013 03:20 PM

Ok I totally understand the concept now :) Thanks for the images of the actual materials I would be looking for in Homedepot. I will definitely research and look around online as well as goo and wander around homedepot :) That store is dangerous! I keep eye balling this drill and this electric wood saw using a round blade, I could do so many things! omg...so cool!

NWA-Planted 04-02-2013 03:22 PM

Re: Light suspension
 
It's a evo led from aquatraders not heavy at all.


The galvanized water pipe? Man that would be overkill and heavy haha

I ended up using 1" conduit painted with rust resistant paint and drilled holes for wire eyelet hangers

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/04/02/u4udyju5.jpg
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/04/02/u2ahemy2.jpg

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