This guide will show you how to add a glass shield to an HPS reflector, which can be adapted for various types of reflectors. Adding a glass shield can help protect the reflector and improve its performance.
To complete this project, you will need:
- Reflector with HPS
- Philips screwdriver
- 5mm drill bit
- 4 bolts
- 4 L-shaped brackets
- Electric drill
- Isolating band (rubber/elastic tape)
- Glass piece
Choosing the Right Glass
Measure the dimensions of your reflector to determine the size of the glass piece you'll need. Hardware stores and window shops can usually cut any type of glass to your specifications. Choose between tempered glass (high heat resistance, thin, light, and more expensive) or regular plate glass (lower cost but may crack under high heat).
1. Drill Holes in the Reflector
Using the electric drill and a 5mm bit, drill four holes in each corner of the reflector.
2. Prepare the L-Shaped Brackets
Cut the isolating band in half with scissors. Wrap the halved isolating band around each L-shaped bracket to create a soft surface that will protect the glass from scratches and vibrations.
3. Attach the Brackets and Bolts
Use the Philips screwdriver to attach the L-shaped brackets and bolts to the reflector.
4. Insert the Glass
Carefully slide the glass piece into the reflector, making sure it rests on the brackets. Maintain a 1.5-inch (4 cm) gap between the glass and the bulb.
Once you've completed these steps, your glass-shielded HPS reflector should look polished and be ready to use. With proper preparation, this project can be completed in about an hour.