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.
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
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.