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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-16-2008, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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Need help with future wiring...

Hey guys. Im just about to build myself a stand for my 55 gallon and I was thinking, why not attempt to build a canopy too? Well, Im a total NOOB with woodwork so this stand building will be a shot in the dark with me. What I was thinking was having two doors. Behind the left Ill put in two shelves for my foods and such and behind the right door Im going to keep my two Eheims and 5lb CO2 tank. I was even considering putting in two drawers on top, we'll see.

My question is this though, HOW DO I WIRE A LIGHT! lol I wanted to put in a 36 or 48" fluorescent fixture from HD inside the stand. Theyre like $10 in HD and I cant imagine a ballast being more than $15. So umm, how do I wire all this stuff? lol Especially how do I wire it to some kind of on/off switch?

Sorry for being a noob like this but could you give me some advice or point me towards a page that can?
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those fixtures from HD or Lowes should already come with a ballast. Just change the bulbs out with better ones.

As far as wiring up a switch, they should come with a toggle switch already, but you could easily just plug them into a timer, leaving the switch "ON" and let the timer do the dirty work for you. no need to start "wiring" anything more than you have to.


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Well I basically wanted some kind of switch so I can turn it on and off when I please.
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Like I said, there should be a switch already on the fixture.


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For an under stand light there's not need to change out the bulbs, IMHO.

And wiring in a light isn't for the NOOB to attempt. I would recommend getting someone that knows what they're doing to give you a hand.

It's not that it's hard, it's just that it has to be right.

Maybe look for a fixture that already has a switch and can plug into the wall outlet? Might be a little more expensive but easier .

I used some rope light and like it so far as under stand lighting.

http://www.christmaslightsetc.com/pr...CategoryID=599

I have the 12' white

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fixtures have the wiring diagrams on them, or inside them on the ballast, its really simple. Connect the black to the black, the white to the white, and the green (or bare), to a screw inside the fixture. The rest of the fixture should be prewired, if not, as i said, its on the ballast.

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