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Retrofitting an aquarium light?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 4:42 pm
by discusfishies
Ok so a while ago i bought an Aqueon 48" single tube strip light. I have a low light 50 gallon so i want at least 1.5 watts per gallon and it says on the light it can only take 40 watts and the light itself was about $80.00 so i cant guy but a second to increase watts but I've heard of people retrofitting lights? How the heck do you do that?! I Really need to increase watts cuz even my dwarf sag is not doing so well.

Re: Retrofitting an aquarium light?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 7:40 pm
by J.B.
There are at least a couple ways you can do this, but here is one way I did mine. It's only a 30" fixture but you can do the same to your 48", provided it's the same style of fixture. I've changed over almost all of my tanks to the screw-in compact fluorescent (6,500K) bulbs. They're readily available, cheap and provide great light.

I started by removing the guts of the old single-tube fixture
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Then painted the interior white with appliance paint to help with the reflectivity
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I bought some porcelain sockets at Lowe's...
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...and installed them into the fixture using the existing screw-holes (lucky)
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Wired 'em up...
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...and here's the finished product
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AH Supply is another option for a DIY update to your fixture.

Hope this helps...

Re: Retrofitting an aquarium light?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:38 pm
by discusfishies
Ok i think this maybe relativly easy. What kindof light did you have?

Re: Retrofitting an aquarium light?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:50 pm
by Freshwater Tropic
JB, did you use any reflectors for that light fixture? Just curious. . . Thats A nice setup. I just used an incandescent assembly and installed it in the fixture. It came out pretty nice. Plus, They light was crazy bright. I used that light for my refugium under my 135g while it was setup!

Re: Retrofitting an aquarium light?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:16 am
by discusfishies
Whats an incandescent assembly?

Re: Retrofitting an aquarium light?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:49 am
by Freshwater Tropic
Just a regular screw in bulb. Fits a 10g. I used 2 separate ones. I'll see if I can get the pictures from it up here.

Re: Retrofitting an aquarium light?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:00 pm
by J.B.
discusfishies wrote:Ok i think this maybe relativly easy. What kindof light did you have?


It was your typical single-bulb light strip like this one...

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Freshwater Tropic wrote:JB, did you use any reflectors for that light fixture? Just curious. . .


Nope, just painted it white with the appliance paint.

Re: Retrofitting an aquarium light?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:52 pm
by discusfishies
Erfect that looks exaclu like mine then!

Re: Retrofitting an aquarium light?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:24 pm
by ScottFish
Hey JB: how come when I asked about CFLs you didn't show me this set-up? Of course it was over 2 years ago....

If you grow plants in the tank, have you notice mutch of a difference since the CFL switch?