Mounting waterproof end caps

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  1. FransSny

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    Guys any ideas on mounting T5 end caps without having to cut holes into the canopy / reflector ?
     
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    i have the EXACT same issue! I'll try find a picture of my endcaps!

    Tagging along
     
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    This is what mine currently look like. Doesnt look like you screw them from the bottom you screw it through the wood into the T5 Caps.

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    Mine is worse....they have those clip thingies :p

    I was thinking of sawing them off and using glue just worried about the effect of heat (8 T5's & 1 MH)
     
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    Hmmm trying to think which one's you talking about. Do you have a pic? Google is your friend :p
     
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    Silicone worked for me.
     
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    Thanx Nico...no problems with heat letting the silicone come loose ? The reason I'm asking is my canopy will be made from on big stainless steel sheet bent to the right dimensions and suspended above the tank
     
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    I have had no problems whatsoever and my canopy gets so hot you can bearly touch it. I used the bostick marine silicone. So far it has been more than 18 months.
     
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    Frans, the tube states that the temperature range for the silicone to still be effective is between -50 to +150 degrees celcius.
     
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    Thanks a mil Nico :thumbup:....was really stumped by this one !
     
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    No problem. Good luck.
     
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    Was wondering the same thing with this - just got two T5 electronic ballast kits (pre wired, and has small little end caps) How the hell am I going to mount it to my hood? any ideas? The end caps are so small and they push onto the tubes, so silicone won't help here. Don't want to drill and put mount clips any other ideas?
     
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    Pugsly I also have one of those ballasts...I used the normal cbble clips for electrical wire (those with the small nail) that was the only option
     
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    that would work for sure! My only problem is my hood is a jebo type (metal moulded) hood! So I have nothing to nail it to!
     
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    Frans - you get silver / chromed spring-metal clips for flourescent lights. The clips are screwed to your hood, using self-tapper screws.
    As at any electrical/lighting shop for these chromed/silver spring-loaded clips. I think you get these clips in plastic as well.
     
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    Simply silicone mount clips to the hood, then simply clip the tube in place
     
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    are mount clips those things you use to attach the reflector to the tube?
     
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    thanx Jacques, the problem is the end caps are quite big so the clip cant attach...will go the silicone route
     
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