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Old 06-07-2012, 05:29 AM #1
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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.


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Old 06-07-2012, 05:32 AM #2
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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







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Old 06-07-2012, 05:34 AM #3
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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.
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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

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Old 06-07-2012, 07:05 AM #4
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very nice HGO, i really like how stable it looks.

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Really nice DIY, HGO!
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wow thanks very much mate great idea to share!!
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Sweet idea HGO, although balancing the lamp on top of the fan is a temporary thing I trust
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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

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Attach it securely to your fan and your ready to put it into the grow room!
Glad you like it bro.

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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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