OK, so there's a certain 27 watt Compact Fluorescent desk lamp that can be procured from Home Depot for about $25. This lamp is quite popular with the nano crowd, as it is inexpensive, efficiant, easy to get, easy to setup, and stylish. Unfortuantely, I have cats, so an open top tank is not an option, so niether was this light. Then I realized I could get the benifits of this light and still use the custom hood I have on my 2.5 gallon nano... here's how.
So , I went out and picked up one of the aforementioned lamps, and compleatly dissasembled it to get the ballast, switch, and fixture out. It mostly involved taking lots of little philips screws out, with a little cutting/breaking of some of the small neck/collar pieces that could have only been removed by disconecting the wires otherwise, which I was trying to avoid since they were so well crimped/sealed. Then I just mounted the socket to an old Hamilton reflector I had lying around (with a zip-tie... yay ghetto!), and let the light shine, shine, shine! Here's some pics of the finished product (sorry, no in-progress shots, as I was too busy making progress to shoot pics).
Anyway, it worked like a charm, so I though I'd mention it in case anyone else was in my situation.