Ok, update time. I ran into my first problem before drilling my first hole. Better than being found right before wrapping up I suppose.
So, here is my first problem. I found these at my local Lowe's store. A flexible light mount just begging to be used for my project. These ran about $2.50 each, two dollars cheaper than the regular lamp style bulb socket.2012-05-25_15-26-23_922.jpg
I grabbed 4 and a some CFLs and headed out. I opened them up to test fit and much to my dismay, here's the first problem.2012-05-25_15-26-35_529.jpg The built in ballast does not fit into the socket which is designed for a flood lamp style bulb. So I either return these, or head out to the chop saw to remove the flange on the sockets. Just a temporary setback.
I held them together and started doing some test fitting. My goal was to have nothing exposed on the top or sides of the chest. Holding them up inside the box shows me that I may need to reconsider how to mount these due to their width. I do have the option to bend them 90*, and then set them in there.. Once I get the bulb to fit in the socket, I can cross that bridge.
I considered mounting them 3 different places:
I could mount one in each corner vertically, and I think this would work better than mounting horizontally, and then run the wires across the bottom of the chest to a junction box on the back, next to where I plan to put the vent.
I also envision cutting a rectangular hole in the bottom of the chest for an inlet vent, covered with some fine mesh to keep the bugs out..
I have 2 Bubba Kush plants that I just started LST on this morning that I plan on testing this with. From what I have seen this is an already short plant, so it should do well in a small enclosure, right?
Critiques, questions, ideas? Please offer any input you have.