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Old 08-28-2005, 03:28 AM   #1
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DIY reflector schematics


Has anyone successfully built & covered their own reflectors? Specifically for a t-8 ODNO? I have done searches here and on google, but I can't find any specifics. I did get as far as GulfCoast mentioning that he was going to design his own, but nothing past that.

I know that AH supply has great reflectors for sale, but the budget for my DIY tank is running low. I am also looking for an efficient design so I can get the most out of the bulbs I will be driving.
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Old 08-28-2005, 09:00 PM   #2
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Ok, due to a lack of info on the interweb, I am attempting my own design. Critical input would be appreciated
I just have to attach my schematic somehow...
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Use the search function. Several people have designed thier own reflectors here. Try Searching in the DIY or Lighting section. There's plans and everthing.

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Old 08-29-2005, 12:44 AM   #4
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Marcell, I looked but came up empty. What search words should I try?
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Try this: click on "Search", and type

reflector T8*

Enter

that should get you started.

I have wondered the same thing many times (how to get cheap but good T8 reflectors) and went in circles...

Someone mentioned recently that he polishes and bends aluminum. A while ago Gomer (I think) made his own reflector along with some schematics.
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Old 08-29-2005, 01:12 AM   #6
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Check out this thread: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...tor+dimensions
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Heres another one. http://web.telia.com/~u86438141/arti...g_lighting.htm
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You guys are awesome, thanks!

In the meanwhile, I came up with this design:

The right angle shape at the top of the parabola will also be a reflector and should eliminate re-strike. Think it might work?
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<< dreaming of specular aluminum bent into this perfect shape>>

Yes, this would work great!
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The 'Aquariance' site was gold. Looks like I have re-invented the wheel. Based on that example, I will go with my above design.

Thanks for the links
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And here is my cutout template. I think 50 profiles should do me

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The famous AHs reflector...

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Old 09-04-2005, 12:04 AM   #13
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So that is what the famous AH reflector looks like. Wish I could afford a few.

We just came back from visiting some freinds near Ottawa. This freind owns a laser cutter and was happy to cut out a 20" X 30" sheet of 3 ply baltic birch (about 3/32") out of which we cut 50 pcs. Here is a pic of three cutouts:
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Old 09-17-2005, 12:51 AM   #14
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Here is an idea of how I would use the wood cutouts to form a parabolic reflector.
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