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    Knuckles' Best - Can-O-Sunshine

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    Hi Everyone,
    I'm tired of freeloading off all you generous people so I'll take a turn & pitch in. I was digging around & found an extra can of sun that hadn't expired yet & thought what the hey I might as well share the love. I had an extra 10 seconds today & threw this together with a bunch of parts I had in storage:

    DSCN0110 by blu-bear, on Flickr
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    This is a 70W Metal Halide complete growlight setup up for random giveaway. Includes Nais electronic ballast & is shown with a 10000K DE bulb which is more towards a bluish color. I will include a new 65000K bulb & should find one in storage by the end of the week for the lucky winner.
    Well maybe not 10 seconds... It did take some time & effort to put this together from many different parts. The base is from a shop-light, can is coated with aluminum on the inside, all connections are done with wire nuts & elec tape, & everything had to be wired from scratch. The can has been sanded & ground down so it is not sharp & I put on some hooks so it can be hung from something or sat on a metal/glass shelf. The pictures do not do justice for how bright this light is as the camera auto-darkened to compensate. These lights get hot so please use some sort of cooling fan with this setup. I've used these lights for both plants & corals with excellent results. They can be fitted into a terrarium hood or nanocube style aquarium. This is not a trade & will be drawn at random by next weekend. Shipping will be $9 weight is 2lbs.

    Rules:
    -US only
    -Paypal only
    -Must be a contributing/active member (does not mean you have done giveaways)
    -Must actually need the light (would be great for indoor growers, people with fluorescents, nepenthes & other plants, ppl with growshelves/terrariums, anyone who needs more/better light)
    -Must post a pic of it over your plants for our viewing pleasure
    -This is a giveaway for anyone

    Good luck to all. I can answer questions if you have any & I really hope you enjoy

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    Wow this is great did u build this yourself? Do u maybe have instructions on how i could make something like this until i get the grow system i have set up after much needed renovations are made to the sunporch/greenhouse?
    I would totally go in on this offer but i already have what funds i can spare tied up in other things that require shipping costs incase i get picked. You can pm me if u have instructions/a link to share thanks again. Goodluck to the lucky winner

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    1. Sashoke - Wow thanks so much for doing this Knuckles, I think this might be the best giveaway ive seen on this site!
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    Not joining the giveaway but this is definitely neat for indoor growers, thanks Knuckles!

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    Thank you guys =)
    Yes, I built this from scratch from a few individual components. I mentioned to some folks here on TF that I planned to offer up a fixture for trade or giveaway so I finally got around to digging for treasure & creating this. I made it well b/c I want the winner to enjoy its longterm use & would never offer anything shoddy with my name behind it. Heres a quick breakdown of what you would need to build one. If you go for it, just pm me & I can give detailed instructions with pics. A prebuilt light would run you $80 for a cheapy to $180+ for a known brand fixture. DIYing 1 yourself will be cheaper but still much more pricey than the fluorescent route.

    1. Metal Halide electronic ballast 70-150watt ($50+) Careful with purchasing extra cheap ones. I've had cheap ones buzz loudly, overheat, & not start properly. Hatch, VS, Nais are a few brands of choice that have worked great for me. There are also common brands used in aquariums that are fine with more features.
    2. Rx7s socket for your DE double ended bulb. ($5-10) These are the same size for 70 or 150W.
    3. AC power cord 10amp 120v minimum grounded. ($10) Free if you have an old computer power cord or heavy duty extension lying around. Black & brown = hot; white & blue = neutral; green & yellow = ground.
    4. Wire nuts & electrical tape. ($3) Soldering & shrink wrapping would also be fine. Just electrical tape is not safe.
    5. Reflector. ($0) Get creative. A pie tin would work great for example. I dremeled my sun can & coated with aluminum tape after marking the design.
    6. DE 70 or 150W MH bulb ($10-$80) Depending on brand.
    A cheap $12 shoplight from your hardware store can kill 3 birds with 1 stone. It contains your rx7s socket(may need slight modification), reflector, and power cord. + a bonus enclosure if you choose to use it (ugly lol).

    If you made it through that rambling just know its simpler than it sounds. =)
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    I can't take part as I am on another side of the world but thanks for the generosity and 3 big cheers to the creativity!!!
    Cindy

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    1. Sashoke - Wow thanks so much for doing this Knuckles, I think this might be the best giveaway ive seen on this site!
    2. David F- Inspiring design, thank you so much!
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    [QUOTE=

    If you made it through that rambling just know its simpler than it sounds. =)[/QUOTE]

    Hahaha i enjoy the rambling! Thanks ill have to write this down for when i get some available funds to try and pick ur brain on how to create this contraption

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