Alternative reflectors

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  1. dan2381

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    i need to find out alternative ways of reflecting my lights, instead of those stupid clip on reflectors, is there any versatile materials that i could use and just stick to the top of my canopy, i know nothing so any help would be great and im in CT so anyone also know where i could find the stuff thanx.
     
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    Dan - how about polished aliminium, or polished stainless steel?
     
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    I've just ordered 2 sheets of a specially pollished / treated S/S, it 0.5mm thick, the sheet is 1250 x 1200 if I remember correctly.
     
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    sounds interesting, whats the cost like?
     
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    My father has got an engineering company, so uses alot for steel , so got a good price from supplier, only R500 for both sheets, its the one that is like a mirror and comes coated with the stick on plastic for protection.
     
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    Have been told a place in Pinetown sells it, was told their name but forgot.

    Is it the one with the ripples or is it smooth.
     
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    Its from a company in Richards bay, but should be able to get it here in Ptn. its the smooth one.
     
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    The place in PT you can get the ripple one, the same stuff the reflectors are made of.
     
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    which works best?
     
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    That one is for the experts, but both will be better than nothing.
     
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    True, but the smooth seems the norm in most high end unit.
     
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    Just painting the inside of the canopy a bright white will be quite effective...

    If you really want to use a reflector, I would suggest you contact a local contractor who installs sky-lights. They use a very thin, highly reflective aluminium sheet to line the "pipe" between the roof and the ceiling, and this works VERY well.

    Used it myself to make these luminairs from old PVC gutter pipe lined with the reflective aluminium...

    [​IMG]

    Hennie
     
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    I just installed a DIY reflector made from Alanod, highly reflective Aluminium (also with that sticky sheet of protective plastic film) It comes in a sheet 1250x1000 although they had bigger at 1250x1600 and 1250x1800.

    What I liked about it is that you can cut it with a stanley knife as it is soft, no need for the tin snips.

    R270 for the 1250x1000

    M
     
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    Hi Mnd123 - this is VERY interesting - where did you get this from?
     
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    Were did you source it, sound nice and easy to work with.
     
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    Hi guys, I got in in Randburg, Johannesburg at a place called Arcona international - they import the stuff. Think it is available in CP, not sure about NPN

    I posted a DIY thread on another forum, effectively I had to use Alanod as my waterproof endcaps were not flush - they were the punch through type, so I had to be able to cut 25mmX17mm holes in the metal, and Alanod is so soft that it allows you to do this with a stanley knife.

    Also easy to bend as you can score it with a knife - not too deep and bend along a straight line.

    Cheers

    Marc
     
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    oooo...sounds nice, wonder if i could find that in cape town.
     
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    Go to the web site.
     
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