Striplight Conversion to
CFL for Aquatic Plants
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This standard aquarium strip light is being
converted to use the curly style compact fluorescent
bulbs for better light output and for the long term
cost savings over the high performance aquarium
bulbs you find at your local pet store.
- Standard aquarium striplight fixture
- Twin Incandescent Fixture (Double Light Socket)
- GE brand "Daylight" 6500k compact fluorescent
- Electric twist caps or nylon crimp caps
- Aluminum foil
- Clear tape
Make sure the fixture is unplugged. Remove the
old bulb and unscrew the philips head screws
holding the white reflector plate in place.
Lift out the white plastic reflector plate to expose
the power transformer and wires.
Unscrew the twist caps from the existing power
cord. The twist caps may be used again if
they're in good shape.
Use a pair of wire cutters to cut any remaining
wires securing the plastic reflector plate to the
black fixture cover.
Even though the fixture is unplugged, it's
possible for the transformer to store a small
amount of electricity. Try to avoid letting the
transformer wires short during removal.
Remove the old power switch, but keep the
The double light sockets sold at the link in the
parts list don't ship with a mounting nut, so we'll
use the old one.
Disclaimer: Exercising reasonable safety precautions
when performing the steps described in this article
are the responsibility of the individuals building the
background. Dramaticaquascapes.com is not
responsible for personal injury or property damage as
a result of following steps outlined in this article.
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