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Show me your DIY light fixture stand

am going to be building a DIY stand to hang my lights, can anyone show me pictures of their stands.

i can only buy stuff from homedepot or lowes for this project and please suggest which part to get.


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bent EMT piping is great and will cost you less than $10 when you include the brackets. throw on some spray paint and you've got a slick looking stand. i'll try to find some pics to post of mine later. i've got an AHS kit hanging from a DIY EMT piping stand that looks pretty slick.
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bent EMT piping is great and will cost you less than $10 when you include the brackets. throw on some spray paint and you've got a slick looking stand. i'll try to find some pics to post of mine later. i've got an AHS kit hanging from a DIY EMT piping stand that looks pretty slick.

thanks, but pictures would be nice.

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there ya go

light height is adjustable via chain length and the entire arm pivots in the brackets to swing out of the way for tank maintenance.






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Wood stand

Hey I just built this for my 10gal and the light you have there, assuming its the 36watt from AH.

Materials were one 1"x6"x8' and paint, less than 6 bucks if you get the cheap paint .







You can build the same thing without the jointery and use nails.

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looking good, i went to home depot and could not find anything simple to use, maybe i might have to delay this project for while, until i figure out how and what i should use to make this.

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What size tank are you going to light?

I'm going two different ways on a DIY. I have two 8" clamp on light fixtures to use with spiral CFL bulbs that going to be used to construct a simple fixture for a 20 gallon long. I'm going to build a hood for a 75 gallon using a 3-4 bulb T8 ballast.

No pictures, these are plans. Doing construction on the 75 gallon stand right now, with it's DIY hood to follow.

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I am in the process of posting up a DIY guide for a light stand that I have just completed for my 33 gallon. A little different than the ADA style like above. I used two lengths of 5/8" tubing. Stay tuned... should be posted up in the next couple hours.

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there ya go

light height is adjustable via chain length and the entire arm pivots in the brackets to swing out of the way for tank maintenance.





that looks nice. i need to do something for my 20 long rimless. i was thinking something like that. how did you bend the pipes?


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Here is the one I'm building for my 20l. Sorry for the poor quality cell pic

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There are 3 sockets for the dome clamp on work lights. I didn't care for the clamp so the box is holding them and my wiring. I painted the dome reflectors black they were wet thats why they aren't included in the pic.

The metal frame hanging below the box with house a bunch of 5mm LED's for moon/accent lights...

To bend the conduit I rented a bender from my local hardware store. $7 for a day, $25 was the cheapest I found for purchase. Maybe some stores will bend it for you?

It's still a work in progress. Should be able to get it wrapped up next week. I'll get some better photos.
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Just finished up my DIY guide for the stand I completed on my 33 gallon. See the guide here:

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/di...-aquarium.html

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that looks nice. i need to do something for my 20 long rimless. i was thinking something like that. how did you bend the pipes?
pipe bender from Home Depot

you can either bend it in the store. or buy it and return. :p

basically free.
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you mean they will bend it for you?


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you mean they will bend it for you?
Not likely...

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