CFL Plant Light Made
from a Breadpan
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This photo shows the ceramic socket, power
cord and switch installed. The lamp produces
minimal heat, so the socket could have been
plastic, but I the choose the type of socket due
to the bendable mounting piece.
This allowed positioning of the socket to
compensate for the angle of the side of the pan.
The reflective chrome paint is also shown.
External view of the power cord and black
switch. The cord was made from a six foot
extension cord with the female end spliced off.
The brass lamp fitting is also visible which is
attached to the threaded shaft which holds the
bulb socket in place.
A 26 watt (100 watt equivalent) compact
fluorescent bulb has been installed.
This is a 6500k GE brand bulb cost about $6.00
at a discount store in Kansas City.
Heat is not an issue with these bulbs. The fixture
is only warm to the touch even after an hour of
Let there be light!
This 29 gallon can easily become a fully planted
tank with this much wattage.
A lower wattage bulb could also be used if
preferred. The single point of light as compared
to a traditional light strip also provides the effect
of shimmering sunlight throughout the aquarium.
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when performing the steps described in this article
are the responsibility of the individuals building the
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responsible for personal injury or property damage as
a result of following steps outlined in this article.
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