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I've been talking to Ibn for solutions on how to hang my lights and something that completely slipped my mind was using electrical conduit to hang the fixture. Thanks Ibn for the reminder. ;)

Does anyone have pictures of how they attached the conduit to their stands? And the conduit can be found at Home Depot, Lowes, etc...?
 

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its ringram, count me among those interested in a guide
 

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From memory in construction the electricians have clips that consist of a base and top clamp which IMO are a little stronger and nicer looking than the standard U strap. The U strap will work just fine though just make sure they are for EMT tubing. The conduit(EMT tube) is availible at Home Depot, Lowe's Etc. You will need someone to bend the tube if you don't have the bender.

I don't have a picture of it because I haven't done it yet, but it's not too complicated. You take the straps and put them on the tubing at the bottom and top of your stand with wood screws.

At the light you can hang it with chain, or just attach it directly to the EMT tubing with self tapping screws just make sure you predrill the holes in the light fixture bigger than the shank of the screw and put a small hole in the pipe so it drills right into the pipe.
 

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I would be careful with those elbows they cause a crush point where the tubing goes into them. The Tubing isn't that thick. The 90 Bend would be the better way to go. If your light fixture isn't too heavy the elbows should be okay.

Bill

These are technically hangers which would be used from the ceiling down.
You used a sheet of styrofoam under your tank too? I have never had a tank sit so level.

I was talking about these:

http://images.grainger.com/images/products/4YF49.JPG

They have some heft to them not like the regular U straps.
 

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I have pictures on the 90g thread in my sig(see recent update), but it's basically the same way that bharada assembled his. The only difference is that I just bought the 90-degree elbow conduit bars, instead of buying the tool (~$30) to bend the bar. I'm still not overly happy with the chain I used, but it's doing the trick for now. I'd like something more like that adjustable-type cord, but I didn't want to pay the $35 or whatever it costs.
As for the 90-degree bend piece....I don't see any harm in using it. I have a 48" (6 bulb T-5 fixture), which probably weighs around 20-25 lbs and it works fine -- been hooked up almost three months now. I am paranoid about the little screws coming out of the conduit couplings and the elbow piece popping out. That would be an expensive mess! I just tightened everything VERY tight and it seems to be fine. I test it every so often as well.
 

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One thing that needs to be remembered is that electrical conduit/fittings are not designed to be used as structural support.

The elbow is held in place by a single set-screw on each end. The sleeve itself is only about 3/4" long so there isn't a lot of mechanical support. Add to that the fact that conduit isn't very rigid. Depending on how long the lever arm is, the constant torque applied by the hanging fixture could very well deform the conduit, causing the set-screw to slip.

With all the money I've spent supporting my tanks, the $30 for the conduit bender was a non-issue. Besides, with Ian and Eric around, there's never a shortage of opportunities for me to use it. I know that they're both glad that I bought it. :icon_lol:
 

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Hey Bill, wanna come down to LA and bend some tubing for me? :)

I'll be hanging a MH pendant from it, so I don't think it'll be too heavy.
 

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While I value everyone's opinions, you need to provide a little more explanation, please, about why it's not advisable.
Sorry, I was short on time. Bill summed it up though. Good luck with the MH hanger.
 

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Just got all the parts, etc...for this project.

There's just 1/2" conduit at the end and I'm not sure how to attach a hook to the end.

How did you all attach the hook or eyebolt, etc... at the end of the bent piece of conduit to hang the chain for the fixture?

Thanks.
 

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I used a 1/2" coupler with a 3/16" eye bolt through the outer set screw hole. For me the benefit of this over drilling a hole in the conduit is that the couple can be adjusted so that the eye bolt is plumb.
 

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That, sir, is sexy. LOL.

If I had to go with the 90 degree coupler route, should I go with a set-screw coupler, or with a compression fit coupler?
 

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I'd go with the set screw 90°, but instead of using the set screw, I'd drill through the conduit (and opposite side of the 90°) and fasten it on with a long screw and a nut...just to be on the safe side. :)
 

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I'd go with the set screw 90°, but instead of using the set screw, I'd drill through the conduit (and opposite side of the 90°) and fasten it on with a long screw and a nut...just to be on the safe side. :)
That's good advice. :)

I've done this to my tank as well, thanks to Bill and Ian for the inspiration.

I went ahead and bought the pipe bender. For about $40 for everything it wasn't a huge deal and now I have it available for people in my club who want to make some hangers too.

I drilled the end hanging over the tank all the way through the pipe and attached an eyebolt to hang the chain from. I have access to a drillpress so drilling it straight wasn't an issue. Of course, Bill's method works fine too.
 
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