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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:40 pm Post subject: Re: Low cost PVC lighting (DIY) Reply with quote

 Hi  Sujo,
 
 i  didn't  done  like  your  DIY  method.  But,  I  have  connected  the  PLL  36  w  lights  to  the  holder  and  with  the  PLL  Clamp.
 
 I  am  facing  an  issue  with  the  PLL  Clamp.  Most  of  the  time  my  PLL  Clamp  (Plastic)  getting  heated  due  to  the  frequent  heat  and  got  broken.  Could  you  suggest  me  some  other  alternate  method...  Or  will  i  get  this  Clamp  in  Metal  or  in  Aluminum.  
 
 Clamp  is  very  rare  in  most  of  the  Electrical  shops.
 
 Please  Suggest.
 
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 2:05 am Post subject: Re: Low cost PVC lighting (DIY) Reply with quote

 very  creative.....
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:49 am Post subject: Re: Low cost PVC lighting (DIY) Reply with quote

 Very  Nice  DIY.........  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:53 pm Post subject: Re: Low cost PVC lighting (DIY) Reply with quote

 OSSUMLY  DONE  BROOOO!!!!!!!!!!!  Seriously.....
   will  try  this  with  big  PVC  pipe....  lets  c  Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 1:06 pm Post subject: Re: Low cost PVC lighting (DIY) Reply with quote

 @Ganesaa
 Try  tieing  up  a  copper  wire  making  2  tiny  holes  on  the  pvc  pipe...  it'll  work  Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 2:13 pm Post subject: Re: Low cost PVC lighting (DIY) Reply with quote

 superb  idea.  I  was  looking  for  such  kind  of  option  for  my  20"x20"x24"  tank.  Today  is  my  lucky  day.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 2:15 pm Post subject: Re: Low cost PVC lighting (DIY) Reply with quote

                                                   
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@Ganesaa
 Try  tieing  up  a  copper  wire  making  2  tiny  holes  on  the  pvc  pipe...  it'll  work  Very Happy                

 
 Thanks  Manish  will  try  the  same
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:10 pm Post subject: Re: Low cost PVC lighting (DIY) Reply with quote

 even  me  i  am  also  going  to  DIY  this  lighting  system  for  my  tank
 
 to  tell  u  guys  the  truth  i  was  cleaning  
 my  tank  and  my  light  fixture  just  came  loose  
 so  i  am  also  inspired  by  this  type  of  pvc  lights
 that  i  am  also  going  to  try  it  out
 
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:20 pm Post subject: Re: Low cost PVC lighting (DIY) Reply with quote

 Thanks  for  all  your  comments.
 
 
                                                 
abhip29  wrote  (View  Post):                
Hi  Sujo,
 Nice  idea..  Would  want  to  try  for  CFL.   Smile  
 Wouldn't  it  be  better  to  use  wire  straps  instead  of  nuts  &  bolts?
 It  would  hold  better  &  adds  aesthetic  value.   Very Happy  
                 

 You  can  try  CFL.
 Fitting  CFL  inside  may  be  a  lil  more  difficult  than  fitting  PL.
 Wire  straps  should  work  fine.
 Make  sure  they  are  not  becoming  brittle  after  getting  the  heat  from  light.
 Actually  I  didn't  feel  anything  bad  about  the  look  of  nut  and  bolt.
 That  is  why  I  didn't  think  of  any  other  option.
 But  many  people  commented  that  the  nut  bolt  is  not  looking  that  good.
 So  you  try  wire  straps.
 
 
                                                 
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excellent  bro..  
 feel  like  would  be  even  better  if  you  can  paint  top  half  of  the  pvc  stand  and  the  inner  areas  at  the  ends.  also  if  u  could  cut  short  the  protruding  bolt  leaving  just  enough  to  hold  the  lamp  inside.
 Anyway  its  awesome,  i'll  try.                

 Painting  the  inside  part  of  the  stand  will  be  a  good  idea.
 But  you  have  to  be  careful  while  painting  the  top  half  of  stand.  Just  think  about  it  once  again.
 Cutting  the  extra  part  of  bolt/using  a  small  bolt  will  be  a  good  idea.
 
 
                                                 
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Hi  Sujo,
 i  didn't  done  like  your  DIY  method.  But,  I  have  connected  the  PLL  36  w  lights  to  the  holder  and  with  the  PLL  Clamp.
 I  am  facing  an  issue  with  the  PLL  Clamp.  Most  of  the  time  my  PLL  Clamp  (Plastic)  getting  heated  due  to  the  frequent  heat  and  got  broken.  Could  you  suggest  me  some  other  alternate  method...  Or  will  i  get  this  Clamp  in  Metal  or  in  Aluminum.  
 Clamp  is  very  rare  in  most  of  the  Electrical  shops.
 Please  Suggest.
                 

 Actually  I  have  not  yet  faced  any  issue  with  the  clamp.
 If  you  are  finding  an  issue  with  the  clamp,  you  can  try  using  metal  wire.
 Initially  I  was  using  that  and  the  images  are  given  in  this  thread  (page  3).
 
 
                                                 
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OSSUMLY  DONE  BROOOO!!!!!!!!!!!  Seriously.....
   will  try  this  with  big  PVC  pipe....  lets  c  Very Happy                

 Thanks...
 Try  using  thin  gauge  PVC.
 Bigger  dia  pvc  (6  inch  pvc)  is  thick  gauge  and  it  is  very  difficult  to  cut.
 Cutting  PVC  was  my  biggest  task  while  making  this.
 
 Thanks  again
 Sujo
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 1:12 am Post subject: Re: Low cost PVC lighting (DIY) Reply with quote

 excelent  diy,  keep  up  the  good  work  mate
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 10:56 am Post subject: Re: Low cost PVC lighting (DIY) Reply with quote

 Awesome  DIY..  I'll  give  it  a  try..  thanks  for  sharing  SUJO..   Rock On
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 1:04 pm Post subject: Re: Low cost PVC lighting (DIY) Reply with quote

 A  question  Sujo
 
 How  deep  does  the  ring  need  to  fit  the  size  of  the  tank  in  order  that  the  light  hood  fixture  can  rest  on  it
 
 Ive  got  a  glass  support  that  was  fixed.  Because  it  touches  the  sides  of  the  tank  I  have  only  only  half  an  inch  at  the  top
 OR  I'll  just  have  to  rest  it  at  the  top.
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 Thanks  gginish  and  Sanjeev.
 
 Hi  Pio,
 
 What  I  have  used  is  a  little  more  than  half  inch  and  it  is  less  than  a  inch.
 If  you  see  the  below  image,  you  can  get  an  idea  about  the  base  area  for  the  stand  to  rest  on  the  glass  for  a  4  inch  diameter  pvc.
 I  think  half  inch  is  enough  for  the  stand  to  sit  properly  on  the  glass.
 
 
 For  the  stand  to  sit  properly  on  the  glass,  what  you  have  do  is  proper  cutting.
 The  gap  (shown  below)  should  be  exactly  the  glass  thickness.
 You  can  mark  the  gap  as  1  mm  less  than  the  glass  thickness  and  smootly  increase  the  gap  by  rubbing  with  sand  paper.
 If  this  gap  is  more  than  your  glass  thickness,  the  stand  will  shake.
 
 
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 Thanks  Sujo.  
 
 Yes  the  smaller  that  gap  is,  the  tighter  it  will  hold  on  to  the  tank  glass  or  it  will  get  shaky
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 Awesome  idea!
 I  am  looking  for  DIY  ideas  on  lighting  to  cut  down  on  cost.  Definitely  this  is  in  my  shortlist.
 
 
 I  have  a  question  if  you  can  help.
 Will  the  silver  paper  fade/burn  over  time  ?
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