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DIY Lighting Using PVC Pipe

Requirements

PVC pipe 4" Diameter
Paint As Per Needs
Two Fans Use In Computer Casings
Wire
Lights
Electronic or electromagnetic gear


First Take the 4"(inch) Diameter Pipe According to the length of ur Aquarium in my case it's 35"(inch)



Then cut it in Two Half Pieces



After Cutting install the light electronic gear or electromagnetic gear



Light Philips Pl-l 36w




Paint The Upper Part



And Fix Fans For Cooling




Here is the end result



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What do u guys Suggest/think ?
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wonderful idea nice light
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I haven't found any 4 inch PVC pipe in my local Home Depot or Ace Hardware stores. I have wanted to try something like this for some time. I do see lots of 4 inch ABS black pipe, but it has very thick walls, so I have thought that I would want 6 inch ABS pipe, and that isn't in the stores either.

What did you line the pipe with for a reflective surface? It looks like aluminum foil.

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it works great i did this a few months back and its AMAZING and VERY cheap
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I haven't found any 4 inch PVC pipe in my local Home Depot or Ace Hardware stores. I have wanted to try something like this for some time. I do see lots of 4 inch ABS black pipe, but it has very thick walls, so I have thought that I would want 6 inch ABS pipe, and that isn't in the stores either.

What did you line the pipe with for a reflective surface? It looks like aluminum foil.
Yes it's Aluminum foil(here we call it sheet) for the enhancement of reflection
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What did you use to cut the pipe?

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I haven't found any 4 inch PVC pipe in my local Home Depot or Ace Hardware stores. I have wanted to try something like this for some time. I do see lots of 4 inch ABS black pipe, but it has very thick walls, so I have thought that I would want 6 inch ABS pipe, and that isn't in the stores either.
Hoppy, I have found that the "drain pipe" they sell at Home Depot or Lowe's has a thinner wall than normal PVC and is much larger in diameter. It is normally in the section with the lawn irrigation supplies. You might be able to find it there.
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What did you use to cut the pipe?



Hoppy, I have found that the "drain pipe" they sell at Home Depot or Lowe's has a thinner wall than normal PVC and is much larger in diameter. It is normally in the section with the lawn irrigation supplies. You might be able to find it there.
i use the saw to cut the pipe attached with the blade which is normally use to cut the iron pipes
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Sorry, I meant what kind of saw did you use to cut it in half?
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Sorry, I meant what kind of saw did you use to cut it in half?
The Saw is like this saw

ttp:/ /home-and-garden.webshots.com/photo/1373808900071330103tIrorc


another version of the same saw


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Wow, I am impressed. Cutting something like that by hand must have been tough. I know I could not have made a straight cut for the full length of pipe.

Great job!
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Nice light. One option to the PVC pipe if you don't have a way to cut it in half is to use a length of gutter.

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If I wanted to cut that pipe I would probably use a power hand jigsaw, like:
http://images.lowes.com/general/c/C1...8102815800.jpg
This photo is from the Lowes website and shows one that they sell.

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What did you use to cut the pipe?
Hoppy, I have found that the "drain pipe" they sell at Home Depot or Lowe's has a thinner wall than normal PVC and is much larger in diameter. It is normally in the section with the lawn irrigation supplies. You might be able to find it there.
The drain pipe I have seen has a black liner inside, so I assumed it was not PVC, but some other plastic. I wanted to be able to glue something together using standard PVC cement.

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I haven't found any 4 inch PVC pipe in my local Home Depot or Ace Hardware stores. I have wanted to try something like this for some time. I do see lots of 4 inch ABS black pipe, but it has very thick walls, so I have thought that I would want 6 inch ABS pipe, and that isn't in the stores either.

What did you line the pipe with for a reflective surface? It looks like aluminum foil.
Go towards the back of home depot by the sprinkler stuff. Its there. At least last I checked.
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Hi rashfmnb,

could you please post some more pics of your hood. I m also trying DIY hood from PVC pipes. I just need to understand the lighting basics..
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Here is one I did many moons ago. Worked very well and I was pleased with it for quite sometime.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/di...tml#post535852
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