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scooby
01-08-2009, 10:29 PM
I am usually a pretty decent DIY'er, but I am struggling with this project. I cannot seem to get them to hang level and even with each other. It could be as simple as the chain I am using has too large of links. I started by mounting a 1"x6"x72" board screwed into the rafters over the tank, then screwing eye hooks into that. Anyone got any tips or pointers? I really need to get these going soon, some of my higher light stuff is starting to brown out. Maybe it is just too many beers :cheers2:

mrliriel
01-08-2009, 11:12 PM
I would reccomend using aircraft cable to hang lights because of the links issue you are talking about. Marty has some he may be willing to sell you.

Other than that try using a pair of channel locks to pinch one of the links in the one chain that is slightly too long. Another tactic is to twist the one chain that is too long. It will look like piss but it will get you by till' you can come up with another solution.

Jiggyfly
01-08-2009, 11:15 PM
or you could drop by and see my set up :D

scooby
01-08-2009, 11:24 PM
I think I will try some smaller link chain first. I need to light acclimate my coral so I need to ability to move the lights down over a few weeks so I don't roast anything. I don't think I can do anything like what you have Jiggy, there is no canopy on this tank.

aquaman2000
01-09-2009, 03:57 AM
Pics!!!!!

scooby
01-09-2009, 08:29 AM
Pics!!!!!

I will post pics once I get these lights straightened out! It is far from spectacular.

lmarc78
01-09-2009, 08:31 AM
Try this sight!

http://lumenarclighting.com/proddetail.asp?prod=YoYo

scooby
01-09-2009, 09:20 AM
thanks marc, those look sweet, will have to look into those later on for now I need to just get these up. My BTA is fading!

lmarc78
01-09-2009, 09:38 AM
I think I'm going to order some next week.

aquaman2000
01-09-2009, 12:58 PM
I just hung mine from a piece of 1/2" conduit, and the conduit form the chain.

I meant pics of the problem so we could see how to help you fix it.

lmarc78
01-09-2009, 12:59 PM
Mine is going to be nicer looking

aquaman2000
01-09-2009, 01:00 PM
Mine is going to be nicer looking



No one cares.....:dita:







LMAO

lmarc78
01-09-2009, 01:11 PM
"o" ya your angry!!!:rant:

aquaman2000
01-09-2009, 01:19 PM
"o" ya your angry!!!:rant:


I'm not angry!!!!!

lmarc78
01-09-2009, 01:29 PM
yes you are you just yelled at me for saying that

aquaman2000
01-09-2009, 01:56 PM
LOL.....


I don't see any caps other then an I..... so thats not yelling.

It is talking firmly.

lmarc78
01-09-2009, 02:07 PM
****

aquaman2000
01-09-2009, 02:11 PM
And your point? Woman!!!

kens98
01-09-2009, 02:41 PM
quiet down now kids.............

lmarc78
01-09-2009, 02:54 PM
your in a time out!!!

ritmar
01-09-2009, 03:11 PM
You both need to be put on time out.

Huhhhhh
01-09-2009, 06:16 PM
You both need to be put on time out.

Get 'em Marty, You have the power now.:smash:

scooby
01-09-2009, 07:34 PM
here's a pic of what I am dealing with

Murfman
01-09-2009, 07:48 PM
Why not try and hang from the receptacle and the front of the reflector instead of side to side? What I see is that your eyelets at the top are wider than the ones on the reflector which is making it hang crooked.

Huhhhhh
01-09-2009, 07:52 PM
Ahhh a picture is worth a thousand words.

That's a pretty small fulcrum point on top of the reflectors to work with. Can you tie the both of them together with a piece of wodden dowell rod and a couple of spring clamps along the edge? That may help them tilting towards the wall. You may also want to try and relieve the pressure of the coards pulling down on them by looping them up to and zip tying them to the chain. That way the chain is supporting them and not the reflector.

scooby
01-09-2009, 07:58 PM
Why not try and hang from the receptacle and the front of the reflector instead of side to side? What I see is that your eyelets at the top are wider than the ones on the reflector which is making it hang crooked.

I don't understand the "hang from the receptacle and front of the reflector" these are DE'd HQI? But I do see what you mean about the top eyelets being spaced wider than the eyelets on the reflectors. Right now I am worried about temp also, I fired them up 20 mins ago and the temp went from 77 to 81 in a hurry.

scooby
01-09-2009, 08:03 PM
yeah I know I need to secure the cords, I had planned to zip tie them to the chain, just wanted to get the pic up asap.

Murfman
01-09-2009, 08:36 PM
I don't understand the "hang from the receptacle and front of the reflector" these are DE'd HQI? But I do see what you mean about the top eyelets being spaced wider than the eyelets on the reflectors. Right now I am worried about temp also, I fired them up 20 mins ago and the temp went from 77 to 81 in a hurry.

My bad, I assumed they were SE fixtures.

Jiggyfly
01-09-2009, 09:24 PM
How about getting two large size "L" Brackets like you would use for hanging a shelf. Mount to the wall , string a wire or small pipe between the two and hang the lights from that. You could also use a decorator curtain rod with fancy ends to hang from and it wouldn't look bad. the whole thing would be very self contained .here is another take along that line.
http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii257/bbspiderman/melev_LB_hanging1SM.jpg

scooby
01-09-2009, 09:27 PM
How about getting two large size "L" Brackets like you would use for hanging a shelf. Mount to the wall , string a wire or small pipe between the two and hang the lights from that. You could also use a decorator curtain rod with fancy ends to hang from and it wouldn't look bad. the whole thing would be very self contained .

I thought about doing that, unfortunately the placement of the tank does not coincide with the studs in the wall. I am going to end up building a canopy most likely, the light spilling out into the room is too much. I also need to rig up some fans, the temp got to 81.5 then I turned them off. They are almost a foot off the water now.