Monday, March 25, 2013

DIY Plant Grow Light Stand

The time had come for me to take my gardening to the next level.  I had spent two years drooling over the online grow light stands and shelves (up to $500!!), and it was time for us to make our own.  Notice the "us" which includes my handy husband.  I found some online plans, and my husband agreed to make it happen.  First thing I noticed, is that all the online plans were for a four-foot light fixture.  As  much as I'd love to have that much growing capacity, I didn't think we had room for it with two active boys also in the mix.  So we downsized to a 2-foot light with adjustments.

Using 1 1/4" PVC pipe (purchased the 10' tube), we measured and cut 31" for the top piece and 20" for the two side vertical pieces.  The bottom pieces ("feet") are 8-9" on each side of the Tee connector.  I also purchased two tee connectors for the feet (1 1/4" size) and two elbows for the top (1 1/4"), as well as 4 end caps (1 1/4" size) for the feet.
The frame of the grow light stand
Although pvc glue was used on the feet/tee connector, we decided to not glue the top to the elbows so that it could collapse for storage off season.

My wonderful husband also had to make some adjustments to the light since 2' fluorescent lights do not usually come with a cord.  So he wired in the cord and attached it to a 2x4 piece of wood in order to be able to hang it from chains and s-hooks for adjusting as the plants grow. 

I think the plants look happy so far....only 6 days later!  Much happier than they would be if the were out in this March 25th snow we're having!

9 comments:

  1. You are beyond amazing for figuring this out and making it. I'm in awe.

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  2. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


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    Kathy Shea Mormino

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  3. Great idea! The snow surely is getting in the way of my spring fun as well!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  4. I am so excited I found your post, keep continuing this blog

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  5. Creating DIY LED grow lights is now easy because of what you shared here. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for the comment and for stopping by!

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