Cheers Ted. I hope you enjoy reading, I really like your journals.
I have been working on the lights, and so far I've got the main lights wiring and ballasts sorted. I don't have the bulbs yet, but I am expecting them some time this week.
I still need to install the moonlights and fans also, I am just waiting on these to be delivered.
Starting with the power. I got this idea from crshadow's 125g thread, but instead of power points, I decided to do this:
It should make it easier when removing the hood as I wont need to get the plugs out from the stand. The black and red RCA plugs go to transformers in the stand. The black one is for the cooling fans and the red one is for the moonlights.
I attached the 2 workhorse 7 ballasts (man these were hard to get in 230v) to the back of the hood to keep them away from moisture and to help get more air flow around them. They get quite hot after running a while.
As can be seen in this picture, I drilled holes through the hood for the wires to go through. Looks more professional than having them go around the back panel and in to where the bulbs are.
Here I was deciding how to route the wires inside the hood.
On both ballasts, their wires go into these connectors, and then the wires to the bulbs and power are attached to these. I havent mounted these connectors into the hood yet as I forgot to get the screws for doing so.
I will do this when I am mounting the cooling fans.
The endcaps I used along with stand offs:
Endcaps, reflectors and more wiring. (and cat
This connector is for the moonlights. It connects to a red male RCA connector at the back of the hood. I am planning to use white cold cathodes for moonlights.
The front of the hood lifts up, and as I am mounting a light here, I wanted to minimise the wires that have to move when doing so. I came to this solution:
The near finnished hood: (Note: Nothing was powered up, the powerstrip wasn't connected. I had it like this as I had been testing the ballasts.)
The hood is pretty much ready. I still need to mount the endcaps and I will do this when I get the bulbs. I also need the fans and moonlights. Will update when this happens.
Note: the reflectors were sitting on their reflective sides in the pictures. They kept rolling around when they were the other way. They are much more shiny on the inside than the back.
Just for fun, the results of testing the ballasts. (Note: These are 54w tubes, not the 80w ones I plan to use.)
The picture doesn't do them justice.. These things are BRIGHT!
Until next time.