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    Tutorial: How to build your own secure lamp holder for a stacked bulb vertical grow

    Hello ICMag, I thought I'd write up a little tutorial thread on how I built my tripod lamp holder. There are a few ways that you can setup your lamps for a stacked vert grow, my last run I had 2 bulbs connected with chains which brought about some problems including dead zones and bulbs not being fully independent.

    The new design leaves the 2 bulbs fully independent from each other and both bulbs will be fully adjustable to the correct height with ease plus it's very stable and will last a long time.

    Items and tools required

    Dutch Barn style reflector, you will want one with the aluminum strip that runs up the back of the shade, pictures below.
    A pair of pliers
    Drill
    Angle grinder
    Camera tripod
    Drill bit, bolt, & nut that need to be the correct size to fit through the tripods small mount piece.


    I went ahead and bought some shades, I needed 3 new ballasts anyhow so I bought reflectors & bulbs in the package deal, I bought the dutch barn style reflector which are one of the cheapest reflectors that you can buy, I bought them for 1 thing, the strip of aluminum that runs up the middle of the shade, the lamp holder is already attached, here is the shade:

    Note the aluminum with the maxibright sticker, I bought the shades just to get that strip of aluminum, very inexpensive.





    Time to get the drill and drill out the pop rivets, there are 4 on these shades.








    You will now have the aluminium strip completely off the reflector.







    Next you will have to bend the strip into the correct shape, as shown below:







    Now cut off the excess metal with an angle grinder, mind your fingers.





    Tutorial Continued Below.

    Last edited by Hundred Gram Oz; 06-07-2012, 10:29.
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    #2
    Now you will need to drill a hole into your new aluminum bracket so you can fit on the tripod mount.







    Here is the tripod that I bought, it was £20, it is fully adjustable with a ball rotation for extra movement, perfect if you haven't bent the metal totally level.







    Take the little plastic mount (the one that fits onto your camera) you will need to take out the screw, it's held on with a little clip which can be easily removed with a screw driver, you will need to find a nut and bolt that will fit through the hole and will fit flush into the mount, also get the correct size drill bit while your buying the nut & bolt. Here is the plastic mount and the new nut & bolt.







    Secure it to the aluminum.







    Now attach it to the tripod







    Tutorial Continued Below.
    Last edited by Hundred Gram Oz; 06-07-2012, 10:26.
    2010 ICM 420 Growers Sativa Cup 1st Place Winner with - SSSDH


    HGOs Winter Hydro SOG 2018
    Current


    Horizontal SOG Coco Grow
    Finished
    Coco DTW Grow Tips From HGO
    HGO vs ICMag Finished
    Multi Strain 3600w Stacked Grow Finished
    Vertical Coco Stacked 600's Finished
    Multi Strain Vertical Coco Finished
    Benefits of Vertical Growing
    Tutorial: How to build your own secure lamp holder for a stacked bulb vertical grow
    SSSDH Grow Report *****

    TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

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      #3

      Congratulations you have now built your very own independent lamp holder that is fully adjustable! Attach it securely to your fan and your ready to put it into the grow room!







      One of the things that I really like about the tripod is that you don't need to move the telescopic legs to adjust the height of the bulb, you simply need to adjust this little screw and move the bulb into position.
      Adjust Screw







      Bulb fully extended without having to adjust the legs.







      I really dig this tripod lamp holder and I hope it helps some of you growers out there, if you build your own please post a pic here for fun.

      Peace & Chat Soon

      HGO
      Last edited by Hundred Gram Oz; 06-07-2012, 10:32.
      2010 ICM 420 Growers Sativa Cup 1st Place Winner with - SSSDH


      HGOs Winter Hydro SOG 2018
      Current


      Horizontal SOG Coco Grow
      Finished
      Coco DTW Grow Tips From HGO
      HGO vs ICMag Finished
      Multi Strain 3600w Stacked Grow Finished
      Vertical Coco Stacked 600's Finished
      Multi Strain Vertical Coco Finished
      Benefits of Vertical Growing
      Tutorial: How to build your own secure lamp holder for a stacked bulb vertical grow
      SSSDH Grow Report *****

      TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

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        #4
        very nice HGO, i really like how stable it looks.

        peace, SOG

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          #5
          Really nice DIY, HGO!
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            #6
            wow thanks very much mate great idea to share!!

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              #7
              Sweet idea HGO, although balancing the lamp on top of the fan is a temporary thing I trust

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                #8
                Thanks guys, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

                Thanks Bush I really love it and yes I took the pic before I secured the tripod, I'll requote myself from above

                Originally posted by Hundred Gram Oz
                Attach it securely to your fan and your ready to put it into the grow room!
                Glad you like it bro.

                Take Care
                HGO
                2010 ICM 420 Growers Sativa Cup 1st Place Winner with - SSSDH


                HGOs Winter Hydro SOG 2018
                Current


                Horizontal SOG Coco Grow
                Finished
                Coco DTW Grow Tips From HGO
                HGO vs ICMag Finished
                Multi Strain 3600w Stacked Grow Finished
                Vertical Coco Stacked 600's Finished
                Multi Strain Vertical Coco Finished
                Benefits of Vertical Growing
                Tutorial: How to build your own secure lamp holder for a stacked bulb vertical grow
                SSSDH Grow Report *****

                TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

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                  #10
                  what do u do with ur top light here HGO have it bulb to bulb or stacked as normal?? gave this 5***** as it deserves!

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                    #11
                    This is very cool! I have seen some similar clips but on a way smaller footprint, such as the Bake-a-round cool tubes, this is better.

                    I have been toying with doing a cab w/ a cool tube or a vert setup and this might be the project for inspiration. I have a lil 400w setup that just might be the bee's knees with this kind of setup.

                    Thank you sir, where do I send the check lolz
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                      #12
                      Nice!
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                        #13
                        Helluva tripod homie...no fuckin joke! Double penetration will take you where ya need to go...in peace!

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                          #14
                          Super idea +rep! I'm going this route now. The Maxibright Euro Reflector you use says now on some sites "Now with a V in the middle and rounded corners" and may not attached to tripod right unless it retains the strip you have. Guess there other alts to using w/tripod. Telescopes have nice tripods as well and can go pretty high and light stands are made to be sturdy (used w/top heavy umbrellas).

                          Wonder if I can adapt this from Sunlight Supply, "Use with all Sun System reflectors that do not come standard with a socket. These sockets come with the patented male lamp receptacle which is compatible with all Sun System ballasts":




                          Edit: those Manfrotto tripods are used by the pros, seems cheapest I could find is $54 USD. Says 3.3 lb. capacity. Tons of others to look at though. Dolica models supports to 13-15 lbs. for $45-55. and Ravelli Professional to 17 lbs for about $50. They all don't have bottom support structure/bracing that would block fan just like the Manfrotto. Some have bubble level. All get great reviews.
                          Last edited by Stonefree69; 10-01-2012, 16:43. Reason: Addition
                          Some love the plants & some like the gadgets, me personally I love the plants & the gadgets!

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                            #15
                            I'm gonna try to mount this socket/fixture above w/an aluminum strip or ruler from the hardware store, same procedure as Hundred Gram Oz did in 1st post. Fixture already has 2 screws w/holes. Maybe 22-26 gauge 6061 aluminum strip (also cools better than steel, corrosion resistant and easy to work). Many tripods also have a bubble level. Hundred Gram Oz, I can't thank you enough!!!


                            PS: Besides the hardware store, here's an online store for 6061 aluminum strips in different gauges, widths and lengths @ speedymetals.com - about a buck or 2 each for .125" (heavy 11 gauge) x 1-2" x 12". Here's a better pic of fixture w/socket 5k mogul base:



                            Here's a closer look at assembly, only this is 120v for compact fluorescents similar assembly (to get better view):
                            Some love the plants & some like the gadgets, me personally I love the plants & the gadgets!

                            Organic hydro? Yes: surfactants, emulsifiers, pest control & micronutrients + chelation/absorption aids. Bennies in hydro? No.

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