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Lighting stand

Hi all!

I am looking into getting a pendant light but would like to get a stand made rather than hang it from the ceiling.

Does anyone have a pic or plans for a metal pendant light stand?

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I'm curious aswell, same problem here =)
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There are numerous examples of "stands" which are electrical conduit or copper pipe attached to the back of the tank stand, with arms sticking out over the aquarium. Is that what you want?

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And, there is this, with copper pipe:
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/di...tml#post828613

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1/2" conduit painted black. easy enough.
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Yeah thanks! I look for something like those indeed =) But my HQI got 4 attach points, but maybe I can attach those 4 steel cable's to 2 points? Should be stable enough?

And is it hard to make those?

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Yeah thanks! I look for something like those indeed =) But my HQI got 4 attach points, but maybe I can attach those 4 steel cable's to 2 points? Should be stable enough?

And is it hard to make those?

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Yes, it will be stable enough. If not, bend a second bar, or just use more eye bolts.

They're very easy to make. Here in the US, all you need is a length of EMT conduit which costs $2 or so, some fittings to attach the conduit to your stand which is less than $2 also...and then a conduit bender. Take your time bending the conduit and it'll come out nice.
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I'm afraid I don't got a conduit bender but some company's close to my home got some I think so that wouldn't be a problem.
So the only thing I have to do is get the conduit (copper or some other material?), buy some fittings to attach it to my stand. Screw the eyebolts in the conduit (how :P?) and attach the HQI to the eyebolt points with the steel cables that are also attached on my HQI.
How can I change the length of the steel cables without cutting them :P?
And what is EMT? Thanks for fast reply's!! :O

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A lot of electrical wiring is routed through relatively thin wall, galvanized steel piping here. That piping is sold as "EMT Conduit".

For copper pipes, we can buy 1 inch outside diameter copper tubing, sold for water supply piping. That stuff is hardened, so it doesn't bend at all easy. For that, we can buy copper elbow (and other) fittings that are made to be soldered to the tubing. The one described in this forum wasn't soldered, but was attached using a liquid "solder" that glues the parts together without needing to be heated with a torch. There are many options for that, from epoxy materials to methacrylate glue.

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Hmm oké thanks for the info =) I will look for those EMT conduit than! Seems a bit easier to bend.

Only don't know how I can change the length of the steel cables attached to my HQI light, so I can adjust it's hight. And what fittings do you use to attach the conduit pipes to the tank stand?

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I think Lowes or Home Depot has conduit and also has a conduit bender that you can use I think. Use the conduit straps to attach it to the tank stand with screws etc.
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Aah those conduit straps are pretty handy indeed =) I don't think we got "Lowes" or "Home Depot" in the Netherlands :P
But we got "Hubo" almost the same shop I think, they probaply got those pipes aswell Are those benders expensive?

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The bender I used was $30 USD. But i, umm, used it gently and returned it and got my money back Shhh don't tell.
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Hahaha good idea!! Lovely action :P
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