Redneck DIY Lighting
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > Specific Aspects of a Planted Tank > DIY


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-26-2013, 08:26 PM   #1
starfire12
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
starfire12's Avatar
 
PTrader: (32/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Burlington, Washington
Posts: 515
Default

Redneck DIY Lighting


So I have been trying to come up with a light fixture for my 46 gallon tank that would hold the following bulbs, three 3W LED's, and four 6500K CFL bulbs. Everything I came up with was to big and bulky, leaving no room to do any tank maintenance or planting. So I went to Wal-Mart and purchased seven of the clamp on lights. I proceeded to clamp them on the back rim of the tank. This is what the final setup looks like. I do have a glass top on the tank so there is no worries about the lights falling into the tank. I have run this setup of bulbs for some time now and the plants seem to like it.
Attachment 198922
Feel free to leave any comments good or bad. This is a redneck way to light a tank. Cost was just a little over 50.00 for the lights, I do not remember how much I paid for the bulbs. The CFL's I got from Lowe's and the LED's from EBay.
__________________
I used to keep an open mind but my brains kept falling out.

Last edited by starfire12; 09-16-2014 at 10:51 PM..
starfire12 is online now   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 08-27-2013, 01:44 PM   #2
gSTiTcH
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
gSTiTcH's Avatar
 
PTrader: (5/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Posts: 838
Default

Whatever works! An advantage of this is that you can adjust the point source lighting angles to kill shady spots.
__________________
RAOK Club #105

Pay It Forward, Further the Community!

It's CO2. See-Oh-Two. Not C02 (see-zero-two).
gSTiTcH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2013, 02:55 PM   #3
ashtricks
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Burlington MA
Posts: 63
Default

I have tried the walmart clamp on lights, the flexible part rusted in the moisture. Its just a thing to keep an eye on.... I would also support the lamps with something that does not put pressure on the tank. Don't want to put extra stress on the tank glass because of the weight of all the lamps.
ashtricks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2013, 04:42 PM   #4
wildroseofky
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: United States
Posts: 190
Default

I did something similar. I used the metal clamp lights in the tool section of Walmart. I have been using it for three months or so and it works well. It is just a little bulky.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	domelightsetup (2).jpg
Views:	26
Size:	114.3 KB
ID:	199369  

wildroseofky is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2013, 04:45 PM   #5
Unkillable Cat
Algae Grower
 
Unkillable Cat's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Teesside UK
Posts: 125
Default

No THIS is redneck lighting.
__________________
Unkillable Cat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2013, 05:10 PM   #6
BulletToothBoris
Planted Member
 
BulletToothBoris's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Detroit
Posts: 219
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Unkillable Cat View Post
No THIS is redneck lighting.
Not a bad idea for a reflector.
__________________
10g Dirted Betta/ Rasbora Tank
The Fraternity of Dirt #155
BulletToothBoris is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 08:07 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012