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Old 10-31-2013, 01:39 AM   #1
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DIY Cheapest Hanging Light Fixture


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I am planning on making a new planted tank set up. One of the things I want to do is create hanging light fixtures as my light source in the cheapest possible way. I was thinking I would buy light sockets with a long cable for power source and have a long line maybe just fishing line to attach to the ceiling to keep them hovering above the tank. Feasible?
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Old 10-31-2013, 01:55 AM   #2
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get one of these:



take off the clamp and hang it on a ceiling hook from the cord.
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Old 10-31-2013, 01:59 AM   #3
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get one of these:



take off the clamp and hang it on a ceiling hook from the cord.
AWESOME! Just what I was looking for. I see it for only 6 dollars at walmart. Thanks man!
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Check out the sticky in the lighting forum, they go into detail with this same reflector and CFL's and the PAR levels you can expect.
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Old 10-31-2013, 03:37 AM   #5
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Drawback, the plastic on the socket melts due to the heat of the bulb rising. Done it before. Look for the ceramic socket.
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Old 10-31-2013, 04:58 AM   #6
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Drawback, the plastic on the socket melts due to the heat of the bulb rising. Done it before. Look for the ceramic socket.
Definitely will do. Excited I have such a simple solution and it won't cost much.
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Go to PetCo's reptile dept. for the ceramic socket version.
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I have four of the ones from Walmart and have had no problems with them. I am using 27 w, 6500 k spiral CFL bulbs. I made a bar out of a piece of thin wood and clamped the lights to it. I then hung that. Works great.
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get one of these:



take off the clamp and hang it on a ceiling hook from the cord.
just don't buy like 10 at a time. might get some unwanted attention from the police
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Old 10-31-2013, 05:30 PM   #10
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It took me a minute to figure that statement out. LOL Now I get it.
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What is that? Might work for my planted grow tank


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take off the clamp and hang it on a ceiling hook from the cord.
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:42 PM   #12
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What is that? Might work for my planted grow tank
10.5" dome work light, you can get them at lowes or Home Depot. Then combine with a cfl 6500k and you get great light for less then $20
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I got this PAR38 LED on sale for twenty bucks and put it in a six dollar clamp light. These clamp light fixtures are kind of chintzy and cheap, but I was able to secure it better with some electrical tape and zip ties.



It lights up a whole 56G setup.

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I got this PAR38 LED on sale for twenty bucks and put it in a six dollar clamp light. These clamp light fixtures are kind of chintzy and cheap, but I was able to secure it better with some electrical tape and zip ties.



It lights up a whole 56G setup.

That's a good deal, those bulbs are normally $30-$40 or more I believe
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Awesome seriously loving all this advice. I will probably do the exact same thing as wildroseofky.
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