Previously, many seeds I had started lacked adequate light, and started to get really leggy. I had no real sunny south facing window to use. Other attempts used less than adequate desk lamps....
After searching around a bit, I decided to build a seed starting tower with grow lights and all. Using the plans found on this webpage as a guide, I got to work. I modified the plans in a few ways:
- PVC used was 3/4" Diameter
- Horizontal Bars (Red pieces) cut to 20"
- Height pieces (Blue) cut to 15"
- Green pieces modified to two 7" pieces
- Added 3 crosses to make shelves wider
- Added 12 tees to total part count (for cross piece shelves & legs)
- 1 light fixture per shelf
Be sure to have a location in mind prior to assembling the tower. It measures 54" wide x 18" long x 60" tall.
|Measuring out the cuts. I highly recommend investing in a PVC pipe cutter for projects like these.|
|Assembling the precut pieces|
3 -- 4' T8 Shop light fixtures
6 -- 4' T8 Shop light Daylight bulbs (6500K) (it's more economical to buy a bulk pack)
Power Strip w/6 outlets
3 Pronged Timer
|Carefully attach the fixtures with S-hooks|
The fixtures were a bit funny too. Prior to installing the lights, the bulb sockets have to be "popped out" so the bulbs can be placed inside.
The timer should be set to run for 12 - 16 hours a day. The plants need some darkness too! Expect your electric bill to slightly increase too. You can use a calculator like this one to estimate how much extra you'll be spending yearly.
Now I'm really growing like a pro!