Reflector on DIY lighting project
I've been thinking about making my own light hood, and have been looking around the net at various DIY projects, but I've noticed that reflection of the light is rarely mentioned, and when it is, the use of aluminum foil is recommended. One article did say that DIY hoods get only about 65% of the light into the tank that their store-bought counterparts do.
It seems to me there must be a better way. Aren't there mirrors available that are made of plastic? I think I've seen inexpensive mirrors meant to hang on the backs of doors. Aren't those plastic? Could they be cut to fit a DIY hood?
What about using a glass cutter to cut mirrors to fit. I've never cut glass before. Is it difficult?
Johnny Relentless, Marina, CA
Tanks: 2 low tech nano tanks, 2.5 gal each
Lighting: 9 watt LED, 6500k
Plants: Wisteria, Pogostemon stelatus octopus, ludgwiga repens, ludwiga needle leaf, cabomba furcata, rotala rotundifolia, bacapo caroliniana, Pygmy chain sword, Anubius bernatali nana, Dwarf sag, Java moss