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Old 04-28-2005, 11:19 PM   #1
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Anyone know of a DIY Strip Light?

Its going in a canopy so looks dont matter.

I was thinking of using some metal guttering (White so it will reflect more) or if they dont carry that vinyl.

And then hook a couple bulbs up inside there.

Does anyone know how much this would cost appx, and will it work?
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I've actually seen that on a google search of diy lighting. They used gutter with gutter end caps, then installed retrofit lighting kit and screwed the gutter to the canopy. It even looks good as a hang from the ceiling unit. Gutter is cheap. I'll try to find that website.
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Old 04-28-2005, 11:27 PM   #3
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Ive tried looking on google but couldnt find anything.
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http://saltaquarium.about.com/cs/hoo...onreefhood.htm
Here it is.
google "diy light gutter"
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Not sure how big your canopy is, but Home Depot sells 4' shop lights (no tubes) with electronic ballasts for $7.98 that you can buy two of and modify to overdrive NO fluorescents with. That's ~120W!!! for about $21 including two NO tubes. I haven't seen one outside the box, but it probably has a reflector already and you don't actually have to build anything, just some rewiring.
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Old 04-28-2005, 11:34 PM   #6
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You cannot get aquarium bulbs for that cheap.. You can't just use any old bulb. You also cannot change the output of a ballast or overdrive a bulb that is rated for 40 watts without either blowing the bulb or seriously shortening the life span of it.
However, I have used the shop lights from Walmart(two bulb) for a fo and a fowlr. I actually have one on my reef in addition to the two mh 250w bulbs.
Check out that link.
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Sorry, I didn't realize this was for a SW tank. I should have been clear that you would need both the electronic ballasts. Each one normally drives 2x 40W NOs, but you can hook each ballast up to a single 40W tube and get ~60W out of each tube with barely noticeable drop in life span. I'm using GE plant and aquarium tubes in a DIY gutter strip light, but overdriving the tubes will be my next project.
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Old 04-28-2005, 11:43 PM   #8
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The total thing cannot be longer than 16".
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Then you need to find a bulb that will fit that scenario and try to find a retrofit kit that has the sockets and ballasts that you can fit to any size bulb. I've seen them on ebay.
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I have seen 16" lights on the internet, and the bubls that fit them are 15" ones.

What all do I need (Besides the guttering and bulbs) to hook something like this up?
A retrofit kit has everything I need?
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