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Old 08-20-2003, 06:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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if you are lucky to have a home depot that carries shoplights with ELECTRONIC ballast($7 each). you can easily used its ballast and end connectors to hold a t15t8 bulbs instead t32t8.

here is a picture of a hood i made for my 10G.



you can use 1 ballast for 2 bulbs and wire it in series for 2x ODNO. which is enough light to grow just about anything in a 10G. I used 2 ballast because i tried to do a ODNO on just 1 bulb and wanted to try 3 bulbs.

Here is the ballast:

Make sure it's electronic.

i'll make a step by step guide on making my hood soon. Hope this helps others trying to light a 10 gallon.
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if you are lucky to have a home depot that carries shoplights with ELECTRONIC ballast($7 each). you can easily used its ballast and end connectors to hold a t15t8 bulbs instead t32t8.

here is a picture of a hood i made for my 10G.



you can use 1 ballast for 2 bulbs and wire it in series for 2x ODNO. which is enough light to grow just about anything in a 10G. I used 2 ballast because i tried to do a ODNO on just 1 bulb and wanted to try 3 bulbs.

Here is the ballast:

Make sure it's electronic.

i'll make a step by step guide on making my hood soon. Hope this helps others trying to light a 10 gallon.
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Old 10-05-2003, 04:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Not bad, but I would probably either put the ballasts on top of the hood, on the back or just remotely locate them. Bulbs and ballasts work much more efficiently when they are cooler.
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Old 10-05-2003, 07:09 AM   #4 (permalink)
 
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Zerocoolbeans!

Great! Im anxiously awaiting your plans/instructions....I love hearing everyone's DIY projects!

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Old 10-05-2003, 03:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
 
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Just a friendly warning to anyone wanting to use shoplight ballasts on bigger tanks. I believe the poster took teh ballasts out of shoplights for 40w size bulbs and ODNO them to run 15w bulbs--which is fine. However, if u try this on larger tanks, u will find that the ballasts seriously underpower lights (according to Ohms Law). It is 29.99 for a good electronic ballast at Home Depot. Dont waste money on shoplights like I did, but a good ballast and 2X ODNO it so that it runs great--not just good. Nice tank.

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One other note here. The use of tin foil in the hood is a waste. You would get better reflectivity with glossy white paint.

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Old 10-13-2003, 07:44 PM   #7 (permalink)
 
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I think the best lighting option for a 10g tank is to go out and buy a 20 inch 28 watt power compact flourescent setup. I have 2 of them that i bought for $38.99 apice. Gives you 2.8 WPG (hard math ) and it is asthetically pleasing...much easier than DIY lighting...easier/cheaper than retrofitting PC lighting too (at least for this tank size)

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Where did you find them for that price?

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Old 10-15-2003, 06:17 AM   #9 (permalink)
 
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there is a FS in san antonio called Fintique (on West Ave, inside 410) that sells them for that price. Everywhere else i have seen them around this area, however, has only sold them for about $45, though, so either way i dont think its really worth the trouble of DIY for such a small tank...

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by walpurgis999:
Just a friendly warning to anyone wanting to use shoplight ballasts on bigger tanks. I believe the poster took teh ballasts out of shoplights for 40w size bulbs and ODNO them to run 15w bulbs--which is fine. However, if u try this on larger tanks, u will find that the ballasts seriously underpower lights (according to Ohms Law). It is 29.99 for a good electronic ballast at Home Depot. Dont waste money on shoplights like I did, but a good ballast and 2X ODNO it so that it runs great--not just good. Nice tank.
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Walpurgis, what config would you recommend for a 55 Gallon 2x ODNO?

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