One of the most important and most expensive aspects of a reef aquarium is the lighting. The amount and type of light is especially essential to corals, some more than others.
The cost of most of the commercially available lighting fixtures was far beyond my means, so staying with the concept of DIY I proceeded to do a lot of research into what was needed and where I could get the items at the most reasonable rates. I found that what I would need would be to build a lightbox to suspend over the tank and a seperate box to house all of the electronics. This would give me a system that was lighter and easier to maintain than the fixed canopy types of lighting that I have seen.
The following pages will explain the fixtures I made and how they work.