Thanks for the heads up on the bulb, it is an aquamedic 13kk. I'll be sure to give the bulb a good burn in before I decide how well I like it.
Today is build the stand day. I live in an apartment and have next to no tools, so... I bought a $30 circular saw. Its pretty quiet and cuts nicely... 3/4" playwood and I'll frame it out with 2x2s.