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Unread 02/16/2010, 05:13 PM   #1
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Never underestimate the power of inexpensive conduit!



Just built my 2nd light rack out of 3/4" EMT Conduit, and wanted to post some pictures and say that if anyone is looking for an inexpensive/clean way to hang lights without utilizing a canopy or hanging something from your ceiling... this is the way to go.

I think each 10' length was like $3.00 or something and it took 2 lengths for my current project. My last one only needed one length. What made this current project a little more expensive than the first one was the use of conduit fittings, instead of bending the entire bar (which can be a little difficult for a beginner).

Here was my first light rack... pretty much made to support only 1 pendant. I painted the bar black and used zip ties to hide the wires. Once again, this rack was bent (no fittings were used) so it's all one piece.



Here is the rack I just constructed. I used a hacksaw and cut the 2 lengths of conduit into 5 separate pieces. Then the 4 conduit fittings were used to connect everything. Metal conduit straps were used to attach the main vertical bars to the back of the stand.


















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Unread 02/16/2010, 05:14 PM   #2
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It still needs some final clean up work... painted/hidden cords... but overall I'm very happy with how it turned out, and like I said... would definitely recommend this project to anyone who has a rimless or open top tank.




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Unread 02/16/2010, 05:22 PM   #3
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Well done......both times! Thanks for the ideas.


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Unread 02/16/2010, 05:25 PM   #4
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Looks good TJ. You are going to need sunglasses for your fish. Haha


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Unread 02/16/2010, 05:25 PM   #5
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dam very nice that came out great are u planning on painting the one black also ur tank is also looking great


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Unread 02/16/2010, 05:33 PM   #6
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nice job. Looks great. I am just not sure if you have enough lighting to grow sps. :-P


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Unread 02/16/2010, 06:02 PM   #7
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Well done......both times! Thanks for the ideas.
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Looks good TJ. You are going to need sunglasses for your fish. Haha
Thanks Keith.

Since switching to the Lumen Max Elite pendants, I'm finally seeing growth out of my Diver's Den Mini Colonies, and Tony's Purple Limeade Nasuta (which I was pretty positive I killed) is coming back and showing nice color in the new growth tips. It'll be interesting to see how my chalices react though, as the tank is very well lit corner to corner now.
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dam very nice that came out great are u planning on painting the one black also ur tank is also looking great
Thanks, yeah I plan on painting it, just not sure when I'm going to have time to get it done. I've been rushing around trying to get these last few projects done and everything stable before I move later this week. The tank will be staying here in PA for at least a month or two before I make a decision about moving it.
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nice job. Looks great. I am just not sure if you have enough lighting to grow sps. :-P
Hahaha... looks like my sig line finally fits.


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Unread 02/16/2010, 06:20 PM   #8
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I have been using 3/4" conduit for years to hang lights and it works great, it also helps that I have been bending conduit for 30+ years and I get it from work for free, I have also used 1/2" galvanized threaded pipe also to make light brackets


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Unread 02/16/2010, 10:09 PM   #9
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Nice Tj! If your using fitting this time anyways couldnt you run your mh wires down through the conduit? Maybe a tee on each end with rubber gramets? Those reflectors are just barely small enough to fit your cube Maybe a houseplant on each side or mangroves.


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Unread 02/16/2010, 11:33 PM   #10
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Thanks Joe. I didn't buy the fittings with the boxes on them. After I paint the conduit black a few black zip ties should hide the wires well.



Tell me about it... Both reflectors combined are almost the same footprint of my tank. I know some of my SPS has been craving more light. I've experimented with a lot of different lighting intensities and setups over the past few years, so I'll be interested to see what this increase does for both color and growth.


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Unread 02/16/2010, 11:53 PM   #11
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I think it should help alot for both. I just upgraded to bluewave hqi 400's from cheap m59 ballasts, what a difference. what bulbs you going with?


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Unread 02/17/2010, 02:48 PM   #12
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could you drill a hole in the conduit and run the wires inside as a way to prevent using the zip ties?

That looks incredibly clean and cool. VERY impressive.


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Unread 02/17/2010, 08:20 PM   #13
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Thanks. Yeah, I could drill and run the wire through the conduit. However, once I get it painted black and use black zip ties you really can't even see the wire.


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Unread 02/18/2010, 09:14 PM   #14
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Sweet! Looks O.E.M. and compliments the tank set-up. You should take orders on the side for fraggs.


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Unread 02/19/2010, 01:07 AM   #15
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Thanks. Since it's such a small setup I need to trim it often, but I don't have a frag tank so I usually fresh clip frags for people when it's time for a pruning. LOL


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