The backboone of the structure. Some stock aluminum I had laying around.
Closeup of how it is hagning in there. I used mostly rivets on the project. The other side is identical.
A bracket that will sit on the T5 reflector rack to support the MH backbone. You'll see!
The T5 reflector setup. Notice the brackets where the MHs will sit.
Basics all together from the top.
Basics all together from the bottom.
T5 ballast installed.
T5s wired, fans wired (minus the fans, they will be arriving from NewEgg shortly). You can see the AC adapter I plugged in there for the fans. The T5s and the fans will be wired from the same hot wire. The MHs will be separate.
Sheet aluminum cut to size... It's starting to come together...
Cover made of the same sheet. Since it is .02" thick, it is easy to bend and arcs nicely. I actually cut it with a razor blade and bent it by scribing it with a razor blade. I know there are better ways, but thats all I had around.
As far as I have gotten. 80% of the wiring is done, I am waiting on the fans and I have to do the MH wiring, but most of the rest is done.
I have about $100 of materials into this project, though I know it can be done with less. I made a few bad cuts on the auminum sheet and also remade some brackets to simplify my design. It is actually comming along better than I had expected. Comments, criticisms will be appreciated. Thanks guys.