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An Easy and Cheap DYI CFL Setup!

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself' started by Brux013, Apr 12, 2008.


    Brux013 Well-Known Member

    Here's what we need

    -1 Surge Protector
    -4(ish... Depending on how big the surge protector is) Light socket adapter plugs
    -4 (or as much adapters you bought) Twin Adapter
    -Some Caulking


    -Nails and a Hammer

    And thats it.

    Procedure: (pretty simple stuff)

    1) Caulk the surge protector to the designated spot you'd like to have your lights mounted. Let sit over night.
    2) Plug in light socket adapters, then twin socket adapters into them. Finally, throw your favorite CFL lights into sockets.
    3) Voila, safe and easy way to make a CFL light area. Slap some mylar, panda, whatever your preferences are into the concoction and You're done.

    Don't have any pictures for the procedure since A) I didn't think about taking the pictures and I don't have the necessary usb cord for my camera and B) its pretty self explanatory.

    This set up isn't too original or awing, however, its completely safe (opposed to splicing and dicing your cords) and is pretty much hassle-free. Enjoy.
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    quozzy41 Active Member

    Nice.. Sounds like a good setup
    Feild of dreams

    Feild of dreams Well-Known Member

    how do u stop the ligth socket adapter plugs from falling out of the surge protected when u face the sockets pointing down? Wouldnt the weigth of the plug adapters,twin adapters and ligths pull em' rite out?

    hmmm,i wonder if u could caulk the plug adapters to the surge protector?

    good idea ?Or would it make bad connections,and make the set-up harder to modifiy later?

    But over all very good idae dude

    joesalamon Well-Known Member

    Those fit in tightly and wouldnt fall out.... Also no need to make it go over head could also run it on its side

    Brux013 Well-Known Member

    I wondered the same thing about the plug adapters falling out, but I'm using this particular setup now and everything fits snug into place. I wouldn't advise caulking the plugs adapters into the surge protector only because caulking is an adhesive which is usually highly flammable. The vapors are at least, usually if you let it dry you should be good to go but thats too close for comfort for me.

    korvette1977 Well-Known Member

    Most surge protectors have slots on the back of them for screws ie, being mounted .... why use caulk?

    smokinjs Well-Known Member

    ya i wouldnt caulk it to the wall. def screw it into place.

    Brux013 Well-Known Member

    That works too heh, even better and safer. Kudos

    420inmyapt Well-Known Member

    nice idea, god stoner ingenuity never seems to surprise me....

    Drewet88 Well-Known Member

    I have a question where did everyone get their adapters and such. The only places I've looked so far is walmart and they didn't know what I was talking about I'm guessing i'll have to make a trip to home depot.

    Also whats everyones pricing I got the surge protector so far but when I looked online I was told about $30 per adapter.

    420inmyapt Well-Known Member

    no.... their cheap, like a dollar at home depo

    Drewet88 Well-Known Member

    o. lol thank you almost wasted some serious money online.

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    Drewet88 Well-Known Member

    lol nice I'll be going to Home Depot in a little while I need to get some MDF to make a grow box out of.

    GanjaManaga Well-Known Member

    I wish i could find anywhere that sells Y adapters in the uk, or straight from plug to socket bulb holders. i have found some excellent clip lamps for £2.75 but im probably gonna have to buy twice as many as i planned to cos no Y adapters anywhere >.<

    Drewet88 Well-Known Member

    Just came back from home depot and bought everthing I got 4 of each and 1 surge. Is it okay if the light bulbs touch eachother a little bit or should I just leave one of them off?

    newbie45 Well-Known Member

    thanks that will help a lot for my next grow

    Joker52 Well-Known Member

    i get the make your own lamo from home depot, it gives a bulb outlet and cord...

    Ghost-tsohG Active Member

    i would use string or something of that nature to get it as close to the plants as possible

    joesalamon Well-Known Member

    Check out my grow in my sig... I am building another computer case and I used this method in it... Pretty ironic, didn't even see this thread when I got all the equipment.

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