Simple lighting bracket

jefe3404
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jefe3404
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Joined: January 7th, 2013, 2:49 pm

July 20th, 2013, 9:14 pm #1

I purchased 3 ea 50W 15k LED flood lights and a 48" current true lumen pro actinic LED strip.

This is how I built the bracket.

Tools and Hardware needed

Hammer
2 ea 1/2 EMT pipes
pipe bender
saw zaw(recipricating saw)
pliars or vise grips
drill with 3/8 drill bit
Marker
measuring tape
13 mm wrench
screw driver
center punch
spray paint
grinder
6 ea 8m 1.25 30mm bolts
6 ea 8m lock washers

Measure the OD of the tank. Bend pipes and cut for correct height. I left an extra 1/2" of length to grind the inside of the pipe to only have the outermost area to hold firmly to the tank

Measure the lights to align them find proper spacing and mark them off accordingly. I chose to center the center light and drill the other holes 11" from center.
Use a center punch and hammer to score the piping allow drilling of the holes easier.
I took the original mounting brackets for the lights to make angle brackets for the LED strip. I bent them to match the height of the flood lights. I used a grinder to create slotted holes to make it adjustable. Then I mount the LED strip onto the brackets and bracket to the Flood LED mounting holes.

picture from underside




After installing and fitting everything I wanted to paint the bracket black. My fiance said she likes it better unfinished.

We will see????

Jeff


3 yr hobbyist
21" Coral Cat Shark "Boba Fett"
12" Epaulette Shark "Skywalker"
1 pair Bulls Eye Stingrays "Han" and "Chewie"

RIP 20" Brown Banded Bamboo Shark "Vader"
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kgmcpheeters
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Joined: October 1st, 2012, 6:22 pm

July 26th, 2013, 3:42 pm #2

sweet build! With those spectrum lights plus the actinic strip I assume that the tank looks more blue in person? Good looking install either way!

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jefe3404
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Joined: January 7th, 2013, 2:49 pm

July 26th, 2013, 4:33 pm #3

Thanks, Yes its more colorful than the pic shows. I have to adjust the saturation on my phone to take reef pics.
3 yr hobbyist
21" Coral Cat Shark "Boba Fett"
12" Epaulette Shark "Skywalker"
1 pair Bulls Eye Stingrays "Han" and "Chewie"

RIP 20" Brown Banded Bamboo Shark "Vader"
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Aggressive By Nature
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Joined: November 20th, 2012, 12:10 am

July 26th, 2013, 6:47 pm #4

Cool, how big is the tank, it looks like a good size for a nice reef tank for my dads new office. :)
Current Sharks & Rays: 3ft White-Spotted Bamboo Shark, banded bamboo, Coral Cat Shark, Port Jackson Shark

Tanks: 14gal bio cube, 54gal corner reef, 500gal shark pond

R.I.P. Marty, My baby Zebra shark.
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jefe3404
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Joined: January 7th, 2013, 2:49 pm

July 26th, 2013, 9:39 pm #5

Its a 105 gallon made by deep sea aquatics. It was my first brand new tank.
3 yr hobbyist
21" Coral Cat Shark "Boba Fett"
12" Epaulette Shark "Skywalker"
1 pair Bulls Eye Stingrays "Han" and "Chewie"

RIP 20" Brown Banded Bamboo Shark "Vader"
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Chris A
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Joined: February 21st, 2007, 9:30 am

July 26th, 2013, 10:25 pm #6

Nice build! Hopefully non corrosive materials.
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jefe3404
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Joined: January 7th, 2013, 2:49 pm

July 27th, 2013, 2:06 am #7

Chris thats an interesting point. I dont know of any metals that are 100% "non-corrosive". The hardware is zinc plated and emt is galvanized. I did paint the brackets. The EMT metal is corrosion "resistant". But not non-corrosive. I am glad u said something i will clear coat the emt since the edges are ground down and exposed.

Unless someone else knows of a better non corrosive coating. What do they make coral inserts with I wonder?

Jeff
3 yr hobbyist
21" Coral Cat Shark "Boba Fett"
12" Epaulette Shark "Skywalker"
1 pair Bulls Eye Stingrays "Han" and "Chewie"

RIP 20" Brown Banded Bamboo Shark "Vader"
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Chris A
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Joined: February 21st, 2007, 9:30 am

July 27th, 2013, 3:33 pm #8

Best practice is not to have any metals above a tank that is not stainless steel. This is due to the risk of splashing or condensation dripping back into the tank and leaching metals.
For metals inside of tanks, only titanium is permitted.

I don't know what the safest clear coat would be.
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