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Old 04-19-2014, 09:31 AM   #1
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Got this idea from pitbully, seemed easy enough and it really was.. End result was night and day . What you'll need- 2 dual lamp sockets, foil tape, 3 wire nuts, electrical tape, power drill with bits, one toggle switch (can re-use existing switch depending on location) First step- take your light hood and remove everything but wiring. Click image for larger version

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ID:	233952 Second step- using foil tape from the duct work section of your home good store, line the interior of the compartment. Click image for larger version

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ID:	233953 Third step- drill holes for lamps and switch. You'll want to play with placements prior to drilling holes, take into account bulbs not touching wires or plastic.. Click image for larger version

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ID:	233954 Step four- wiring, this may seem tricky but it's really simple.. You have positive ( black) and negative (white) wires. Take the neg from the supply cord and the 2 lamps and twist them with a wire nut, take the pos from the supply and the pos from switch and twist them up and nut em, take the 2 pos from lamps and twist them up to pos from switch! Tape them all up nice nice and try it on a surge protector away from your tank.. If it lights up.. Hurray!! If it pops the surge protector try again Click image for larger version

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ID:	233956 Final steps- once all components are assembled in place tape up all wire connections with electrical tape, also consider foil tapping wiring to housing to clean it up a bit. You can also drill holes on the top to relieve heat, I did.. About 50 1/8" holes

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ID:	233957 I used 4- 13 watt 6500k GE cfl's .............IMPORTANT NOTICE....... *****no exposed wiring******* anywhere!!!! Make sure there is a barrier between bulbs and water, splash guard, glass.. Something.. Bulbs can burst if they get splashed...

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I didn't want to post this last pic because I knocked my heater crooked last night and it's embarrassing that I'm to OCD to reach in and fix it until I properly scrub my arm..
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Old 04-19-2014, 10:21 AM   #2
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Nice bulid, couldn't have done any better. Thanks for the props.

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Old 04-19-2014, 11:47 PM   #3
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*****note***** I only recommend using builds less than 15 watt, the 23 watters ran way to hot... That is all...
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Nice bulid, couldn't have done any better. Thanks for the props.

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Thank you so much for sharing this with me. It's perfect. I can definitely do this. Probably not right now but I will.

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Looks great!!! Well done!!! Glad you posted this thread!
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Old 04-20-2014, 10:08 PM   #6
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I'm really happy with the end result.. I have swapped some bulbs, the 23 watt cfl's were running too hot, I am now using 2 13 watt 6500k. One 13 watt 5000k and the end all be all over the dwarf baby tears 18" below..... A Cree 60 watt 5000k led bulb... ($16) this puppy better produce
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Sweet, I've been trying to come up with something for a new tank. This opened my weary eyes to some more possibilities!

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Very nice man, I did something just like this with my old 10k hood! Just 2 cfls though! I did this with the 20g long too but algae bloomed full a week after!
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Awesome DIY! Just finished it for my 29g, and added a blue led strip for 'night mode'.
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Old 05-04-2014, 09:48 PM   #10
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What did you use for bulbs?
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