is really easy on lights if you are comfortable with wiring. I have built all the equipment I use except for the tank itself. If you look at HelloLights.com and aquauniverse.com they sell parts and have some instructions on how to do it. As for what you will need, my suggestion is not to skimp! Buy the electronic ballasts, not the magnetic ones. The only way I would ever use the magnetic ballasts was if I had a very secure place to lock up the boxes becasue the generate massive amounts of heat while the electronic ones give almost nothing off. Other than that, it depends on taste whether you go with Single or double ended, but remember that a DE bulb must have a glass cover to keep the UV
from the fish and you. The benefit is that they are smaller and some say have a slightly more intense light. Good luck and let everyone know how things turn out.