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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-13-2009, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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DIY CF Light - 55W X 2 (Lots of pics)

I just finished making 2 55W CF light as part of lighting for my tank rack project. I got the bulbs and electrical parts long time ago and finally I got time to put them together.

Materials:
Plastic gutter, 10 feet long from Sears Hardware.
55W 6500K Bulbs, 2 of them, from Ebay
4-pin straight lamp holders, 2 sets, from Ebay.
Fulham Workhorse 5 ballast, from Ebay
some 2.5X0.5 lumber, leftover.
16gauge wire, wire nuts, plug, wood screw, etc

Tools:
saw, screw driver, drill, wire cutter, utility knife, etc.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so here we go:

This is the plastic gutter I got from Sears Hardware. In my area, only Sears sells this type of gutter.


Saw the gutter into 20" pieces:


The parts. I got the bulb and lamp holder set from Ebay long time ago.


I put some 1/2" thick wood under the bulb to lift it away from the plastic. here is what it looks like after I put the parts together.


Bulb fits in nicely


Another light is made following the same procedure. Now comes the wiring part:


All hooked up. ready to go


The light works well. Hee hee


Now try it on my tanks


It feels great when an idea actually works out.
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Hey, awesome DIY!





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Good idea. Why not make them longer and use the gutter end caps?

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Good idea. Why not make them longer and use the gutter end caps?
I didn't find any in the Sears near by.

This style of gutter is pretty old.
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if this works as well as I think it will...youve just given me a great idea for an upgrade to my tanks...(even tho everything works fine right now...but wheres the fun in that?)

cant believe I never thought to look into eBay for those hard to find parts <_<...especially since Im such an eBay addict
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