Spring is just around the corner and it’s time to start your seeds. This is a quick cheap easy way to build your own grow lights with supplies from a big box store. All materials link to the product at big box depot. I normally would use all recycled items but I know not everyone is running out to the dumpsters like I am so I got a bunch of crap from the store to show that anyone can do it.
Parts and materials that will be needed.
1 Mini Strip 2-Light White Fluorescent Utility Light $34.99 really cheap second hand but make sure they work
4 3/4 in. PVC Sch. 40 Socket Cap $.1.52
1 6 ft. 16/3 SPT-3 Appliance Cord – Gray $7.97 or cut off a 3 prong cord from an old appliance
1 36 in. Strip and Wrap Light Chain Hanger $5.37 or chain you can make do the same thing
2 10″x20″ Seed Starting Trays $10.54
Organic Soil $19.97
Now that you have all the items needed to help grow your own food let’s begine.
With the hack saw, cut the 10 ft PVC pipe into 4 6 inches sections, 2 at 2ft and the remaining section should be around 4 feet.
Place 90 degree elbows on the 4 ft pipe and the 2 ft sections into the other end of the elbows. Place the T fitting onto the bottom of the 2ft pieces with the 6in parts coming out of the T. Lastly put the end caps on the end of each 6in pipe.
Attach the power cord to the light fixture and run the wires out to one side of the light. I am not an electrician and cannot give advice on how to do this but its very easy.
Align the light with the 4 ft pipe and drill 1/8 holes above mounting holes on light. Then hang chain between light and pole. Use the chain to run through the pipe or a paperclip.
Place grow trays or plants underneath and start growing!