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Old 08-21-2005, 10:25 PM   #1
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I remember a post from a while ago where someone had purchased fluorescent shop lights for aquarium use. Could I put something like that right on a piece of glass, or would I have to build something to hang the lights from?
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I imagine that you could just set the light on top of the glass, but keep in mind that an aquarium light has a reflector that is designed to direct all of the light into a small space. In contrast, a shop light is designed to light up an entire room. The end result is that you would effectively have less wattage if you went with the shop light.
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Oooh. I didn't think about that. Could I add some type of reflector material inside the light itself?
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aluminum foil maybe, or make your own fixture and just use the ballast and the lights?
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I've seen pictures where people had a 4' balast hanging above their tanks, but not directly on the tank.
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You could build a long wood box to situate the fixture inside....it would hold the fixture, keep the tubes a few centimeters off the glass, and keep light from leaking out all over the room....plus, with a little wood stain, it would look nice, too.
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Old 08-22-2005, 06:05 PM   #7
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aluminum foil is not a reflector, it is a diffusor. It does not reflect the light well. Try pointing a laser pointer at it and at a mirror. You will see that the aluminum foil scatters the light. With shop lights just the plain white paint works better than foil. A material called mylar works well as a reflector and is not too expensive. you can find it at hydroponic stores.

As for the shop light idea, I am using one on my planted tank with pretty good results, but it does spread the light out more than Id like.

If you could do it I would recomend building a fixture with a wood box, ballast(electronic) and bulb holders like Toirtis said, it would give you better results, but might not end up being cheaper.
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Could you also use something like shiny sheet metal as the reflector? I have reflectors in my lights and that's what it looks like.
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Old 08-23-2005, 06:33 PM   #9
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The shiny sheet metal is probably highly polished aluminum which is a very good reflector.
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Check the roofing area at HD or Lowes... they should have a roll of sheet aluminum, would probably be great for making a reflector.
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