Striplight Conversion to CFL for Aquatic Plants

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Once the interior if the fixture cover is clean and dry, measure and fold two layers of aluminum foil (for strength) to fit the grooves of the fixture cover.

Use any type of transparent tape to secure in place. This may seem flimsy, but should hold up just fine for this particular application.

This is the new double light socket and old mounting nut we saved from the power switch of the strip light fixture.

If the strip light fixture doesn't have a mounting nut, post a question in the forums and I'll describe a work around I've used with plastic cable ties.

For some reason, compatible nuts may not be easy to find in local hardware stores.
Using the old twist caps, connect the power cord to the double light socket.
With a pair of bulbs installed, position the double light socket to allow clearance top and bottom and use a marker to mark a drill spot on the outside of the fixture top.

Drill a 3/8" mounting hole in the back of the fixture using a countersink drill bit if you have one. Other bit types may work fine, but go slow to avoid cracking the plastic.

The 6500k light spectrum these GE Daylight bulbs produce works well with live aquatic plants and has enough blue spectrum to bring out the warm colors in fish and their surroundings.

The bulbs can also produce a nice "shimmering" effect that emulates natural sunlight to a small degree.

Note: To enhance the "shimmer" effect, look for ways to use filters or airstones to disturb the water surface just below the bulbs.
Disclaimer: Exercising reasonable safety precautions when performing the steps described in this article are the responsibility of the individuals building the background. is not responsible for personal injury or property damage as a result of following steps outlined in this article.
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