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Old 03-04-2004, 07:21 PM   #1
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Built my 240w for under $40 in 1 hr!!!Pics(for 55gl)

Well I went against the pc mainly because I cant afford it.I got dank marine life to buy.And seeing the only advantage is space, I thought I'd solve that.

Supplies: 3x NO Dual 48" lights = $35 after tax.

1x Box of metal self tapping screws =$5

Wood = Free ;laying around the garage


Time: 30minutes tring to come up with idea

30 Minutes doing


This is the only pic I have so far I'll post on tank after I build the canopy/ get something in my tank.And I get the other 2 bulbs

Measures 49" L x 10" H x 12 3/4" deep (size of 55)

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Old 03-04-2004, 09:06 PM   #2
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thats awsome.
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Supplies: 3x NO Dual 48" lights = $35 after tax.
did you buy that complete?
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Old 03-04-2004, 09:07 PM   #3
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No, 3 seperate.Had to be to make it fit the top of the tank.

Edit:Bought the lights at sears hardware.Better yet made in america
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Old 03-04-2004, 09:25 PM   #4
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sweet i think i might make that
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Old 03-04-2004, 10:12 PM   #5
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my point is PC vs NO is the same only one can hold more watts per inch of tube.The lumens are hte same etc..... So if you can make it fit your good.And at a 1/8 of the ;price why not.Glad to here this inspired someone else to not get raped by the light man.Good times

note:just ordered my other bulbs.Going to go with 3x03 1x Thricoma 2x10k

w/ a 03 for a spare
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Old 03-05-2004, 08:28 AM   #6
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I'm glad it's working out for ya, but I'll stick with the VHO. Even tho it cost more money, there is no way you can get the same intensity, considering NO are only 40 watts a tube max.
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Old 03-05-2004, 10:29 AM   #7
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lol, that is wrong,(I think)You show me facts and I'll beleive.

I know for a fact PC and No have the same lumens per wat (or extremely close).vho I am unsure but I assume the same.

The only true way to get more lumens per watt is to get a MH or something, they do put out far more lumens per watt of light.All vho does is cram more watts into each tube.

The only reason vho and pc are better is space. See if you have 240w of vho and I have 240w of NO it is the same thing. I have more tubes but they cost alot less also.

On your note though.If you wanted to upgrade and add another 240w of VHO it would fit on your tank with your other.For me I am stuck at 240w I have no more rooms

(please coerrect me if I am wrong)really
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Old 03-05-2004, 10:31 AM   #8
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again note: did alittle math I payed .16c a watt to build it.

assumming you can get a 240w vho for around $150 = .62

for the same type of light
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i was refering to wattage only. i could pay nothing as i have what you have just sitting around. my 4 vho will put out 384 watts as to you six putting out 240 watts.

I would also think tht that thing would rust out like the dickens.

don't get me wrong. I'm not syaing not to do it, I also said that I was glad it worked out for ya. I'ts just not the direction I wish to move in, plus I am limited to the 36" tank length I have.

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asking because i don't know, if there all the same why do pc and vho appear brighter?
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