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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:06 pm Post subject: Re: Sun-board lighting unit DIY Reply with quote

 Thanks  Thuds..
 
 And  here  is  the  dimensions  of  the  side  boards..
 
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 And  the  main  board,  glued  at  the  5  inch  mark  on  the  side  boards..
 
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 And  finally..  the  5  pieces  covering  the  top..  Very Happy  
 


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:39 pm Post subject: Re: Sun-board lighting unit DIY - Dimensions on page 2 Reply with quote

 Last  but  not  the  least..  The  Wiring  Diagram.
 
 Hope  you  guys  like  it..   Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:00 am Post subject: Re: Sun-board lighting unit DIY - Dimensions on page 2 Reply with quote

 Rock On  As  always,  great  explanation.
 What  tool  do  yo  use  for  these  drawings?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:15 am Post subject: Re: Sun-board lighting unit DIY - Dimensions on page 2 Reply with quote

 Thanks  Sai..
 Google  Sketchup  for  the  mechanical  drawings,  MS  word  for  the  electrical  one..  Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:44 pm Post subject: Re: Sun-board lighting unit DIY - Dimensions on page 2 Reply with quote

 Hi  Nidhi,  
 This  project  is  a  Great  one  !!  and  you  have  given  it  a  perfect  presentation  too!!  Thumb Up  
 Hope  to  make  a  similar  one  in  future  with  your  presentation  as  a  guide  :-)
 Maybe  we  can  add  2  *  12v  fans  on  both  sides  of  the  side  walls  (legs)  a  bit  tilted  around  30  to  45  degrees  on  the  inner  side  .  ┬áThat  should  give  some  relief  to  the  aquarium  during  the  summer  months.
 
 Thanks  and  regards,
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:32 pm Post subject: Re: Sun-board lighting unit DIY - Dimensions on page 2 Reply with quote

 Your  DIY  gets  better  every  time.  Nice  light  overall.
 
 Simplicity  is  the  best  part  of  your  DIY.  No  special  devices,  complexity  and  easy  designs  definitely  inspires  others  to  start  with  one.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:50 pm Post subject: Re: Sun-board lighting unit DIY - Dimensions on page 2 Reply with quote

 Thanks  Anil,  I  would  not  recommend  to  give  a  tilted  legs,,  as  the  structural  strength  of  the  legs  will  come  down  drastically.
 Of  course  you  can  think  of  some  thing  else  to  mount  the  fans..  :)
 
 Thanks  Shyam,  nice  to  hear  from  you..  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:24 pm Post subject: Re: Sun-board lighting unit DIY - Dimensions on page 2 Reply with quote

 I  forgot  showing  the  main  board  part  mounting  to  the  side  board..  Just  in  case..
 
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:34 pm Post subject: Re: Sun-board lighting unit DIY - Dimensions on page 2 Reply with quote

 Hi  Nidhi,
 
 Superb  DIY,  nice  finishing  and  presentation.  I  had  a  few  queries.....
 
 1)  Will  the  heat  generated  by  the  ballast  deform  the  sun-board  ?  it  will  get  pretty  hot  right  as  you  have  placed  them  directly  on  the  board  ....
 2)  How  easy  is  it  to  cut  the  board  ?  what  did  you  use  to  cut  them  ?
 
 Thanks,
 Omprakash.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:09 pm Post subject: Re: Sun-board lighting unit DIY - Dimensions on page 2 Reply with quote

 Thanks  Omprakash..
 1)  Will  the  heat  generated  by  the  ballast  deform  the  sun-board  ?  it  will  get  pretty  hot  right  as  you  have  placed  them  directly  on  the  board..
      It  might  take  some  time  to  figure  out  the  scale  at  which  it  will  deform,  But  right  now  after  a  week  of  usage,  its  holding  great..
 2)  How  easy  is  it  to  cut  the  board  ?  what  did  you  use  to  cut  them  ?..
      I  would  say.  you  need  skill  and  patience  to  cut  it  rather  than  strength..  You  will  need  a  knife  sold  in  book  stores.  the  one  with  the  retractable  and  replaceable  blades,  a  metal  scale  or  some  aluminium  channel  to  guide  the  knife  while  cutting.  
 Take  the  measurements  and  mark  the  cutting  lines  with  pencil  and  place  the  metal  scale  or  channel  on  the  line.
 Take  the  knife  and  using  the  metal  channel  as  guide  score  along  the  lines  once  very  lightly..  so  that  you  get  a  clean  straight  cut  groove  on  the  board.
 This  step  is  very  crucial  as  it  would  act  as  guide  for  the  next  part  and  prevent  the  knife  from  going  wayward..
 Now  with  a  little  bit  of  effort,  keep  on  scoring  the  board  till  the  two  board  separates..
 The  trick  is  to  keep  the  knife  as  much  straight  as  possible..  with  the  cutting  edge  angle  being  kept  at  around  45'..
 The  exposed  blade  in  the  knife  must  also  be  as  short  as  possible..  too  long  and  it  will  wobble  to  give  a  uneven  cut..
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:49 am Post subject: Re: Sun-board lighting unit DIY - Dimensions on page 2 Reply with quote

 I  had  used  sunboard  to  make  fixture  for  my  T5  tubes  (14Watts).  I  had  four  tubes  in  one  fixture  and  the  ballast  kept  on  top  of  the  fixture.  I  didnt  have  any  issues  with  the  heating.
 
 But  still  you  will  have  to  keep  an  eye  as  there  can  be  times  at  which  the  ballast  or  the  holder  getting  heated  up.  So  you  might  have  to  still  check  the  fixture  at  times  and  see  if  you  see  any  burning  of  the  fixture.
 
 
 
 More  pics  here:  My  T5  Hood
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:33 am Post subject: Re: Sun-board lighting unit DIY - Dimensions on page 2 Reply with quote

 Thanks  Shelly,  Your  hood  proves  that  there  will  be  no  heat  related  issues..  And  yes,  will  keep  an  eye  nevertheless..  Smile
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 6:07 pm Post subject: Re: Sun-board lighting unit DIY - Dimensions on page 2 Reply with quote

 Nice  work  nidhi  ,  wonder  what  kept  you  away  from  leds  .
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