Discussion in 'Do It Yourself (DIY)' started by Denisk, Feb 27, 2018.

DIY LED Wall Mount! Check it out!

Hey guys! I decided to post up my diy led mount for anyone who is looking for a sleek idea and or just a way to hang their lights. I will...
  1. Denisk

    Denisk Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Hey guys! I decided to post up my diy led mount for anyone who is looking for a sleek idea and or just a way to hang their lights. I will definitely say I’m not the original person who came up with this idea. I see many who use tv mounts however I haven’t seen anyone do it like this. Either way I would like to thank everyone who has used similar ideas as it helped inspire me to do this.

    What you will need:
    - tv wall mount. (I bought this model as it extends I believe up to 27 inches) it’s great for larger tanks. (Thank you amazon)
    - two #10 screws (I believe they were 1.5 inches)
    - 2 washers and hex bolts
    -2inch wide everbilt steel flat bar (cut to size of the light)
    - and of course the hydra 52hd itself!

    -Total came out to around $35 not including the light.


    -The bar was cut to the length of the ai hydra 52. Depending on the lights you use. It may be different.

    -I cut two holes at the ends of the bar and those two match up to the mounting holes of the ai hydra 52.

    - The middle hole was cut for where the attachment of the mount would be.


    Now taking the tv mount out of the box, I realized I would have to remove the mounting tv plate in the front.


    Once we did that. I was going to use the existing screws to attach the 2 inch wide flat bar. Make sure you secure it well. You don’t want your light falling in the tank.


    Now we attach the light to the bar using the two #10 screws we used. As you can see you use the washer and the hex bolts between the bar so that it tightens the screw itself in place.


    ******Remember when tightening the screw into the light mount. Be very very careful as you don’t want to go to far as it can damage the components in the light fixture itself.******


    Now we mount it and enjoy!!!




    I personally love this mount. My wife and I both agreed we didn’t want anything hanging from the ceiling and nor did we want anything attached to the thin glass. This was a perfect alternative as you can do so much with this light fixture. You can attach multiple lights to one fixture or you can make two and attach a long metal bar and attach multiple lights over a long tank. The best part is that you can just move the light out of the way when it’s time to work on the tank. No worrying about hitting the light and putting pressure on the glass and or even having to completely take the mounting kit off.

    Anyways... I really hope someone finds this helpful. These were the steps I took to attach an ai hydra 52hd. I’m sure with every different light, will come some playing around with screw sizes and mounting options.

    Enjoy!!!
     
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  2. Crabs Mcjones

    Crabs Mcjones Tank Mechanic R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Reef Tank 365 Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    That's pretty nifty! I love that you now have the ability to move the light out of the way if need be. Cannot do that with hanging or leg mounting without lifting the whole fixture up out of the way! Good job! :)
     
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    Denisk Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Thank you!! I appreciate it. It’s become very helpful to be able to move the light. I wanted to post it since I’m sure it could be really helpful for some of these people with large tanks and canopies.
     
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    Awesome idea and very well executed! Thanks for the tutorial! I will definitely keep this in mind when it's time!
     
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    Denisk Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    I truly appreciate the kind words! Thank you!
     
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    Very cool and thanks for sharing! This will be a nice solution for many people.
     
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    Denisk Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    I appreciate the compliment! Glad it can be a solution to some if not at least a starting point for a great idea! ;)

    We have got some super talented people on this forum who could probably take this idea and take it to a whole new level. I would consider their hobby/diy skills more as professionals who are just are super humble :D:D
     
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    Professionals with a big workshop and tools worth thousands of bucks can of course make amazing things. To me that's not as impressive as someone who figures out how to make something really cool that anyone can do with basically no tools except the bare minimum. The latter are the ones who are going to survive the zombie apocalypse.
     
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    That's great! I will have to keep this in mind for a possible use in future builds.
     
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    Denisk Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Hahaha. Well thank you!


    Super glad it can help!
     
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    i really like this, pop a hole in the wall and fish that wire and it will look like its floating, just an added idea
     
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    Denisk Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Thank you thank you! I actually was going to do it but then opted out as I plan to move to a new property in a year so why have an extra hole to patch ahaha. But great idea!!
     
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    Very neat idea. Thanks for the share.
     
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    Very nice DIY....and very nicely documented. Great job!
     
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    Thank you!!!
     
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    Awesome idea :). I cannot stand lights that sit on the tank because of maitanence and hate hanging lights because of the hangings kits and just looks cheap to me. Hanging from the wall is my go to and this is a super clean way and adjustable and able to move out of the way for servicing to boot!! Love it
     
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    Thank you!!!!
     
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    Looks good!! I use a TV mount for my black box.
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    Denisk Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Thank you. I love your set up, it really does look great! :)
     
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    Thanks! :)
     
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