My Lights setup idea

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  1. lIghty

    lIghty

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    Hi Friends

    If you have read my thread on my new tank you'll know that I'm wanting to put 8x T5 tubes in the hood.

    Although my tank is 600mm wide I only have just over 400mm of space to house my lights (due to the Euro bracing and C2C overflow). Some obstacles I have come across...

    1. Could I use 2 tubes in 1 reflector as they are about 70mm wide to save space?

    2. Thinking of using a piece of Perspex under the lights to form a "enclosure" and a small extractor fan to remove the heat out the side of the hood?

    3. I can get "waterproof" T5 end caps for R45 ea, Good price? ( The ones with the screw on piece and seal)

    All comment welcome.:whistling:

    Thanks:thumbup:


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  3. Bayls

    Bayls Not often called Junior!

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    The reflectors can easily take 2 tubes each.
    I use normal cable connectors (the black plastic ones with brass screws) as end caps/pin connectors. They cost about 4.5 cents each!
     
  4. Kanga

    Kanga Retired Moderator MASA Contributor

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    You could, however one light per reflector is optimum (better light)

    I reckon you would lose a lot of light

    I would prefer to use the waterproof ones, although a few guys use it as Bayls is suggesting here and it works for the, I have also seen pics of the pins corroding and falling into the tank
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Justin,instead of the waterproof ones,why not try Northlands for the wire style t5 fittings,more convenient and will take up less space IMO.
     
  6. SIMS

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    use V-grps available at an electrical shop for about R5 each....
     
  7. lIghty

    lIghty Thread Starter

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    Hi Sims, heard about these "v-grips" before, please can you post a pic.
     
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    lIghty Thread Starter

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    V grip pic


    Anyone?:(
     
  9. lanzo

    lanzo Sponsor

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    yip i'm with bayls use the normal end caps, you cant gou wrong with that.
    good luck
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    whats that?
     
  11. Marinemagic

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    these are the ends that I used.

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    and the end result
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    still working after 2 years.
     
  12. Mekaeel

    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    neat work there Marinemagic!
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Hi MarineMagic - that's looking MAGIC man! Really neat setup? Did you DIY the whole light-unit/aquarium cover?
     
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    yep sure did and since then, I have given this tank to Mandarinman.
     
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    Well - good on you MArineMagic! Good one you! That's what reefkeeping SHOULD be about! ;-)
     
  16. mandarinman

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    fan for mh

    hi there mm, thanks so much for the tank. i am. in the process of seťting up, (no water in yet) plumbed the return pump in, did skimmer , must do tank overflow tonight and put switches on all electrics. wanted to ask if i put a fan by the metal halide must it suck the air out from canopy or blow in for best results,cos i was thinking suck air out?
     
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    Suck out:yeahdude:
     
  18. lanzo

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    yip suck out is the best.
     
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    lIghty Thread Starter

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    looks good Marinemagic, are those the famous v-grips?
     
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    lIghty Thread Starter

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    Anyone know where I can get reflectors 50mm wide for my T5 54w tubes? they must be able to fit within a 50mm space.
     
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    sorry dude
     
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