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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-23-2014, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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does anyone know of a way to suspend 2 metal work lamps that clamp kind over a 10 gallon tank. I always see people using 2 metal poles with a chain or string to hold up a long fixture but cant find anywhere on how to hold up these lamps.
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I made a frame out of pvc pipe and spray painted it black with kyrlon. The frame kind of fit around the tank. if you know what I'm saying.

Here's a crappy paint drawing of what I'm talking about. The pvc was 1/2" or 3/4" pvc and it just sat around the tank. Really easy no tools required except for a pipe cutter. Just need 10-20 feet of pvc, elbows and t joints.
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I made a frame out of pvc pipe and spray painted it black with kyrlon. The frame kind of fit around the tank. if you know what I'm saying.

Here's a crappy paint drawing of what I'm talking about. The pvc was 1/2" or 3/4" pvc and it just sat around the tank. Really easy no tools required except for a pipe cutter. Just need 10-20 feet of pvc, elbows and t joints.
did u clamp the lights onto it or was there some other way the light was attached?
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I found the metal clamps brought the lights too close to the top of the tank without making the set up ungainly tall. I used black zip ties.

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+1 pvc

The weight of the lights should be good for cpvc to work fine and it's alot easier to use and cheaper.
A bag of elbows for like 1.50 at home depot.
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I recommend taking the clamps off and just use the cord to hang the light down like old house fixtures were arranged.
For a neater appearance, you can run the cords inside the PVC. Take the lamp apart, remove the cord to run it through and drop it out holes where you want them, then reattach the cords to the bulbholders.
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