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Old 10-11-2009, 11:22 AM   #1
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cheap lighting build

I posted this on Plant Geek too cause I want to get feedback.

The thing is super freaking ugly. I need to get some new rechargeable batteries to take some pics of it.

I also know there is confusion on some parts about the watts per gallon. It is based on t8 tubes. So I am wondering what sort of watts per gallon I am getting.

OK was looking for a cheap quick fix to getting a ton of light into my 20g planted tank.

There were power strips on sale for like $3. Some bulb to outlet sockets (screw in the bulb and it connects right into an outlet) for $1.40. I cut some 1 by boards.

I made a box with shiny foil on it, put the power strip in it, attached some (3) 14w daylight bulbs into the sockets. They are the spiral daylight kind, the curly kind like you would use in a lamp. They are 60w equivalent.

I have sand as a substrata in my tank.

The tank is now giving off a ton of light. Any thoughts on this cheap idea? I might make one for my other tanks as the price is right.
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Old 10-11-2009, 04:09 PM   #2
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they are equivelant to a incandescant and that aint saying much, you basically have 42w on a 20g tank so a little over 2wpg.

Who cares if its ugly, it gets the job done. Now that its done you can tinker with it. Garbage nights are easy pickings for free DIY equipment.
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Old 10-11-2009, 04:17 PM   #3
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I went out to home depot again to get some culled lumber. This time I am taking pics of the project. It will look a tiny bit more pretty since I got some culled paneling to do the outside with.
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Old 10-11-2009, 06:13 PM   #4
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oh man these things are ugly! gimme a min to post pics,
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Old 10-11-2009, 06:38 PM   #5
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here we go....




1x2 and 1x3s on the 20g tank.... 3 x 14w daylight (5000k) spirals. Incandescent value is 180w



2x2s as a rigged box box frame, paneling as a shell (must upgrade later to make it look better now that I have 2 under my belt).

30g tank, 2 x 26w daylight (6500K) + 1 x 14w daylight (5000K) spiral cfl. Incandescent value is 260w.

He is a pic of the guts for the 30g one.



I took home some scrap vinyl from work (was scrap) and it has a good reflection rate and hardly any diffusion. The 20g unit is lined with the reflective vinyl/mylar and the top of the 30g is metallic with the sides being white.
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Incandescent value dont mean jack in CFL's as far as light output, think of that value as $$$ on electric bills. no joke.


I think I am going to make one but I need to find a wood worker first per my tank design.
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Old 10-11-2009, 08:08 PM   #7
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so just go by the cfl rating... still gives me more than the 2wpg, which is what I was gunning for.

*lol* plus throws off more light than the lamp I have
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Yes go by the wattage on the bulb itself not its equivelant. Incandescents put off like 20% light where CFL's put off around 80%+ of light.

I use those things on my petsmart 10g combo's, just line the inside with foil tape and its 3x as bright.
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Old 10-12-2009, 10:28 AM   #9
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I have my tanks behind my futon, and now can even read without a lamp being on, just the tank lights *lol*.
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we are like long lost brothers. I have even put a desk lamp pointing at my tank with a spotlight CFL bulb. lol. Line your box with AL foil.
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