Discussion in 'D.I.Y.' started by shihr, Nov 5, 2012.
Haha ok I see you are one ahead!
Yes 1 x wire would even be better!
im worried about heat though. what are the negative effects of heat on my light unit? all the ballasts and lights are in one sealed unit.. there isnt much ventilation here.. i wanted to add some fans but i got zero space and im reluctant to drill some holes on the side of the unit
let me ask our local scientists
the lifespan of your bulbs will be affected and the life time of the ballasts.
damit. so i guess that its holes in the sides then
maybe i can find a fan that is 3.5cm top to bottom.. doubt it.. i may hav to DIY a motor from one of my old RC hellicopters. .. lets see..
RC helicopters, now you talking haha! This is a really cool build and looking forward to the end result. If you can find a fan where would you be looking to place it?
Go have a look at a decent RC shop for some fans used to cool brushless speed controls, I'm sure they should be about the right size.
im going to drill 2 holes at the back for the 2 fans. or maybe it will only be one fan.. im not sure.. also then i have to get a inverter or something to run it on 12v.. or i'll have to rig it with those multi AC plug thingys..
this really messes up my plans but on the good size i do see they make 3cm fans.. but i hate buying internationally. takes so long to receive it. anyone know where i can get these fans?
Aah I see, have you phoned any local RC shops or computer hardware shops? You get little laptop holders with cooling fans on them you might be able to use. Not sure what size the fans are but then again 3cm is damn small so they'll prob be too big....hmm. Ill do some googling and see If I can find anything.
You can get a 12v fan, very close to your dimensions from ZakSpeed but as you said you will still need a voltage change plug.
yea.. i got an old PC that i can rip appart. will see if i can salvage any parts there..
thanks joshua. will take a look!
Look on your old graphics cards. Their fans are normally tiny.
just checked the site you showed! looks perfect! leme do some more measuring! i'll buy this if i cant find in my old comp
Dunno if you would need this but just thought I would post it incase.
dam work blocked it! will check at home. thanks for the suggestions guys!
You could maybe do a rechargeable 12v battery supply to the fan then there are no extra wires coming out of the canopy. Just not sure how long the charge would last.
And last one, sorry dont mean to rash. Not sure if they have to import at all though. Looks like they have in stock so hopefully not
Its a 30mm slim fan for R10. Looks like they Durban based.
Hey dude, if you don't come right with the small fans up there send me a whats app and I'll see what I can organize. I should be able to get 1 - 1.5 inch for you.
From Wikipedia: Cooling solutions for electronics or turbines usually use high thermal conductivity materials such as copper, aluminium, and silver to cool down specific components.
The aluminium will carry the heat away from the lights and ballasts the question is where it is going to carry the heat to? Glass is also a good thermal conductor so it may transmit the heat to the tank. You can try install some fans to circulate cool air over the frame to carry the heat away but I have no idea how well this will work.
I would run the setup for a few hours and see how hot it gets before taking any further action. It could be that no additional heat sink is needed.
With all that aluminium around you might not need any additional cooling.
That's what I was hoping for! Thanks dudes!
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