DIY Hood using Philips T2, 6500K 1600 Lumen CFL 23 watt bulbs
Here it is on the tank. Sad to say I got a lot of ill looking plants that suffered from inadequate lighting. I do have a small amount of light loss, see back wall. I have already built reflectors and will see about proper orientation later. It looks good to me though. Originally I wanted to run the lights vertically and put a reflector on each bulb but the box would have been twice the size it is now, unsightly to me.
Not sure how much more I will mess with this, not losing a whole lot of light off the back side, less than first thought. Two more pics, one of the pics is the old Aqueon bulb that was over it originally.
To get an appreciation for the brightness look at the lamp on the right, there is a 23 watt 6500k 1600 lumen bulb in that lamp, compare the pics. The lamp appears as the brightest object when looking at the aqeuon lamp and the darkest object when the new hood is on the tank.
Time to start looking for some more plants.
Last edited by MCSLABS; 04-29-2016 at 04:24 PM.
Reason: Add more photos