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Custom CFL light fixture

So over the past 3day I made this light fixture hope you like it I'll do one last update before its done


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So first off the light bulbs I used for this fixture were CFL 6500k 800 lumen and I got 8 bulbs. For the fixture frame the dimension are 35"x 10.5" x 4" which will be sitting on top of a 50gallon emersed plant setup.
In this picture the fixture has already been cut with a table saw and then I made pre drill holes so the nails would go in a little easier. After this I then used a drill with a 1.5" hole saw and drilled in 8holes. As you can see I used a light socket adapters and then used super glue and glued them in place. Click image for larger version

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I didn't have 8bubls in this at the time because at first I wasn't going to add two more. Also I had 2 3500k bulbs because lowes did not have them in stock at the time.
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And here is a picture of all the cords nicely zip tied together Click image for larger version

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Following this I didn't like how much light was being emitted so I decided to spray paint the inside of the fixture with a glossy white spray paint and primer in one, and also added the two extra lights.
Before painting inside
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And here is a video showing how bright the fixture really is!


After doing this I did not like the way the outside looked since it was a table from my school that had been thrown away so I decided to paint the top and sides and will be finishing it off with a pin stripe of black Click image for larger version

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I'll test the lumens tomorrow and I should be able to calculate it from lumens to par by deciding by 50 which will give me a rough estimate I believe.


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That is a very bad design with the cords and plug in sockets. You can buy those little clamp lights with sockets attached to the cords.


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Custom CFL light fixture

Yea you can but the ones at my home depot and lowes are welded onto the cone shaped metal reflector so I didn't like that part. Thanks for your thoughts though.


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Also that's why I ended up painting it the color I did on the outside, so it blends in better. These cost me about 60crnt for the sockets each and $1 each cord so, was cheaper than doing the clamp lights


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Just put down 3 coats of the gloss black spray paint on the wood grain edges. Going to remove the tape in about 30min or so Click image for larger version

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Paint job didn't come out to bad. Wish I would have not left it to close to the light because after 2hours past and I came to check on. It the sun was beating down on it causing the white paint under the tape to get tacky which when I took the tape off made the paint finish less glossy. Other than that it came out pretty good for a project that doesn't even need to look good but just function Good and grow plants really Click image for larger version

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