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Very rough prototype section of louver retrofit cover

Very rough prototype section of louver retrofit cover

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I decided to put together a cardboard prototype of the louver retro fit. This isnt exactly what the final product will look like but its an idea. A section was good enough to get an idea.

I did manage to make a V channel in this prototype. It may or may not be in the final product. I tested out both a V channel and a single vertical strip down the middle.

In the final products, the baffles /end plates /vertical strips will be made out of aluminum. The sides will be made out of wood. Preferably window/door decorative trim. The entire thing will be painted white. But I may leave the wooden sides their natural colour if it looks good.

I may also reduce the thickness of the overall product and make it more inline with the fixture body. Meaning reducing the depth of the louvers. and sides and maybe going from a tapered sides to flat inline with the wrap fixtures endplates. I may also add holes in the wooden sides to allow side light to escape.

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sol
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Nov 25, 2015 at 07:06 PM Author: sol
Looks promising.

One word of caution if you reduce the depth of the louvres, you will get more glare from the lamps. Mine are about two inches deep, and you have to be quite close to the centre of the fitting to see the lamps. If you reduce the depth of the louvres, you have to put them closer together (more blades) to hide the lamps (which is one of the reasons why louvres are used).

Can't wait to see the finished project !
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Nov 25, 2015 at 07:14 PM Author: don93s
Nice! Yeah, if you can use aluminum, the weight will be significantly less than steel. Also, if you do paint it, it might be good to scruff the parts with fine grit sand paper and then clean with brake cleaner or alcohol before painting.
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Nov 25, 2015 at 09:03 PM Author: Lightingguy1994
Each fixture will have 13 blades so about 28 spaces and they will be about one and a half inch deep . I plan to paint them white so cleaning with alcohol should remove any oils and prevent spotting. I decided not to make a V channel but just go single vertical strip down the middle to separate the louvers. I can't wait to begin the project this weekend !

Oh yes, I'm also ensuring that it will be fully compatible with T12 lamps so I can go back to T12 for a more classic look when ever appropriate
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