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Azear
11-29-2007, 04:03 AM
Yeah, you've read the title right.... I was moving my 10g when I realised that both my lights fixtures were broken (inner part just felt down... ???). So, I had to do something... I had this old fluorescent light fixture that was suposed to be for the 50g hood but I had an emergency now... had to find a solution quick... the fluorescent light is a 24" so it would have fit perfectly in the tank and it's a 15w (which is much enough for a bit of java moss)... (Each links point to a picture).

sOOOooo.. here's the story... I taken the original hood all apart... getting to the bare minimum of the hood... plastic and an idea of what it should look like...

Bare plastic hood (http://img521.imageshack.us/my.php?image=imgp2397tb6.jpg) Idea of how it should fit in (http://img340.imageshack.us/my.php?image=imgp2398ue0.jpg)

So I started to cut the holes on both sides so I could fit the fixture in it. I used a few handy tools that any DIY love... By that I mean Drill and kitchen knife (but don't tell my girlfriend... she'll be angry ^_^).

Cutted the Holes (http://img263.imageshack.us/my.php?image=imgp2401dy5.jpg) Fitting the light in (http://img520.imageshack.us/my.php?image=imgp2402em9.jpg)

After, I had to manage to get the fixture to hold correctly so I glued it with hot glue... I'd like to have used epoxy or silicone but didn't had any on the hand so managed with hot glue...

Glued the fixture (http://img505.imageshack.us/my.php?image=imgp2404ru7.jpg)

Now, I had to make the transformer hold in place... so, why not using the 2 wings with holes that was originally holding the thing on the real light fixture ? :D yeah, I did that and I noticed that there was 2 vent holes that would be fitting perfectly for the purpose... I also had to cut some plastic inside the tank cauz it was in the way for the light.

Transformer installed (http://img528.imageshack.us/my.php?image=imgp2405rm6.jpg) Had to cut some plastic to make the light fit in (http://img515.imageshack.us/my.php?image=imgp2408wm7.jpg)

So, once all this was done, the light was held in place correctly but no wiring has been done yet... so, Had to get everything together and Had to install a switch in case I'd need to be independant from the timer...

Interior done (http://img513.imageshack.us/my.php?image=imgp2409cw4.jpg) Switch installed (http://img84.imageshack.us/my.php?image=imgp2411qr4.jpg)

Now that everything was wired and soldered... Had to do the test run... so, here's the finish product and here's the test run picture... I was actually pretty impressed by the strength of that light :D so, I had to try it on the RCS tank...

Wiring done (http://img513.imageshack.us/my.php?image=imgp2414aa6.jpg) Test Run (http://img152.imageshack.us/my.php?image=imgp2416smallpv3.jpg)
Installed on the RCS tank (http://img508.imageshack.us/my.php?image=imgp2426yw5.jpg)

So, here it is... hope you enjoyed !

Also, I'm planning to add a acrylic pannel under the light to make sure no moisture gets on the light :D but... later !

Drumachine09
11-29-2007, 05:08 AM
Noice!!!!!!!!

Azear
11-30-2007, 02:36 PM
nobody beside Drumachine09 like it ? :scry:

cocoa_pleco
12-01-2007, 01:13 AM
sorry i never saw this thread, it looks awesome! thats a excellent idea