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Bulb clips and reflector

I've been building a new light fixture for a 2.5 gallon pico that i'm trying to gather the parts to start up. One of the biggest problems I ran into was a way to attach the bulb to this fixture. I know a person could just order some bulb clips but personally i've never really understood paying more in shipping then on the item you've just ordered. Plus building it yourself is just so much more fun.
So my solution to this problem?
First came a trip to Home Depot. Came across a section of drywall corner brace(basically just a very very thin piece of metal). This was perfect. I started by cutting out an appropriate length of metal. Since a picture can describe this far better than I ever could I'll just post a bunch of them. If anybody needs some further explaining(or some improvements ) i'll be happy to give a little more info.















The Reflector used was one of the best finds of this adventure. Was a simple emergency blanket(the kind you find in first aid kits). I found that it worked quite well and was more than enough material to cover the lamp housing. I attatched it with glue stick(we will see how this holds up long term).

Here's the final build. Obviously it's not quite ready to be filled yet but hopefully soon.
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Hey. really nice writeup. Looks great. Ive never seen this 'African safari' style aquascape tho.

Nice work.

PS - take the rim off that tank. It would look sick.
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LoL ya the tank has been sitting on my desk for so long my kids started putting animals in there to "live".
As far as the rim goes, still need to do that and scrape off some excess silicone. Haven't been in to big a hurry cause don't have all my equipment in.

Probably be a couple more weeks before it's ready for any water.
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There's no way you successfully used Molex drive plugs. That's far too practical!

Backstory: I was trying to diagnose my dual PC hood, and was cleaning the contacts of one of my 4-pin plugs with a Q-tip stem. It broke the inside of the contact , so I went to RadioShack and bought a Molex female plug set. It came with 12 pins and a wonky connector I threw away. The pins were heated and bent to work, because I couldn't find a replacement plug -- never thought to use two of them side by side like that.

Related: do you have suggestions for a rubber-band style thing to use to help hold the clamp together?
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Lol ya the Molex plugs work great. somewhere on this forum i have a wright up on converting a stock 10 gallon hood into a double lamp with them as the connectors.
As for the rubber bands they really are not needed the clips hold the bulb very tight. I would feel perfectly safe using 2(maybe 3) of these to hold the larger 96watt bulbs. Very confident that they would hold up to a standard florescent.

Just gave mine the shake test and it passed with flying colors.
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The rubber-band question was for me, since my clips don't work that well and I can't really replace them
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ahhh, I see said the blind man.

Not sure if I would use anything made of rubber due to the high heat output of most bulbs. However, in the arts and crafts section of wall mart there is some jewelry wire(just a very thin gauge wire) that could most likely be used to tie the ends of most bulb clips together increasing there function.
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Wire is the DIY solution for bulb retainers. Any office supply rubber band will deteriorate.
Silicone bands are terrific but unreasonably priced unless one is ordering other things.

But... There is a cheap solution for some people. If there is a beauty shop supply store near by, see if they have silicone hair bands. (like for pony tails) About $2.00 a hundred.
They fit nicely. They also are great for attaching plants to rocks or wood.
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can I bring my toys too?

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nice set up !
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