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Using tin foil as reflector.
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perfectblue
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PostPosted: 2005.04.23(Sat)17:47    Post subject: Using tin foil as reflector. Reply with quote

I have two bettas on a shelf that has a 10 watt pc bulb in a lamp socket taped to the top of shelf. My question is can I make a reflector for the bulb out of tin foil? Will the bulb melt the tin foil?
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mbunafan
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PostPosted: 2005.04.23(Sat)18:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

It will probably work, I am not sure of that. I am sure that that bulb won't melt that foil.
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Capo
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PostPosted: 2005.06.04(Sat)7:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah it works. I was cheap (and still am) on maing lights for my fluros.
I got some fluro holders out of the ceiling on a house we were renovating and used them for my 4' tank.
I got some cardboard and shaped it into the shape I would want a reflector, then I taped and glued the foil onto the cardboard (shiny side out) then taped it onto the holder, then I put in the fluro.

It has worked great, couldnt have hoped for any better. I'm not sure if this is what you are after but I hope it helped a bit. Nothing has gone wrong at all so far.
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McP
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PostPosted: 2005.06.04(Sat)10:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

Painting your reflector white will actually make a better reflector than tin foil because the foil breaks the light up to much. For a better understanding do a google(or a member search) for Rex Grigg. His site explains it much better than I can.
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