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Re: [Killietalk] single 4ft lighting?
Another way I have done it when I have a row of tanks 6' to 8' long is
to use a 10' piece of fiberglass gutter.
All you have to do is carefully take apart a shop light and measure the
distances needed and drill some holes to bolt the end pieces for the
bulb. You will have to cut some wires so I would mark them 1,2,3,4
before you cut. I found an easy way to do that is with two pieces of
scotch magic tape wrapped around the wire, Mark the number on each tape
and then cut between them. Then you can splice the extension wires
between them. The ballast can be mounted on the back or the top (upside
down gutter) of the gutter. Depending on your set up, you can use shelve
brackets to support them. An 8' gutter needs three. I have three of
these running and they grow plants pretty well.
The only downside is they are a little hard to handle as the gutter
tends to twist. I have not thought of an easy, cheap way to make them a
little more stable without adding bulk.
Somewhere on the Net there is a better description than I gave here but
I can't find it. I thought it was in the Krib but I can't find it. It
sounds harder than it looks once you lay the light out on a table and
visualize two single tubes ,
8 + feet long rather than two at 4'.
John Wubbolt wrote:
> I use the shop lights you buy at Lowes over my racks of tanks.... if i
> want less light then both bulbs will produce, i use one good bulb and
> one bad old bulb... the one good one will light up and work fine even
> with the old bad one on the other half.... and you can use the 25 watt
> bulbs to get less intensity if you wanted.... Just my experiences with
> shop lights. Buying the 4 foot single bulb lights from Perfecto or All
> Glass is on the expensive side when shop lights run $8 or so.
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