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Post  ashort on 12/24/2011, 11:08 am

I want to make as stand for a shop light style grow light out of pvc - does anyone have plans for one or maybe have run across a site with plans... looking for a 4 footer....

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Re: Stands for grow lights

Post  boffer on 12/24/2011, 11:11 am

I don't think there's anything that hasn't been made out of PVC.

Here's a good start

http://www.pvcplans.com/

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Post  RoOsTeR on 12/24/2011, 11:15 am

I did a very elementary, quick one. I used pvc pipe and abs fittings just for a tighter fit so I wouldn't have to glue. I can take a couple of quick piktors if you like. I could even give you the measurements I used if you like.

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Post  camprn on 12/24/2011, 11:21 am

Here is a thread from last year about Grow Light Stands. rendeer

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Post  staf74 on 12/24/2011, 11:36 am

I've used these before for indoor seed starting. Lowes sells them cheap. I add a high lumens but low 42 wattage compact fluorescent (be careful not to drop : mercury) and it is very cheap to run. I had three side by side. The reflector does a great job and perfect for a smaller set-up.



The clamp is sturdy and will attach to virtually anything because the base of the light has a swivel directing the light in any direction you want. This might save you framing with a custom set-up or allow you an simpler and cheaper frame to build as the clamp lamps give you much more versatility. Certainly build what you wish but just sharing my experience as I did use the straight shop lights but my set-up was harder to manage as the plants got bigger. Also, the tube bulbs were nowhere near as strong as the reflectors and the seedlings grew leggy even with the light relatively close to the tips. The clamp lights allowed me to easily adjust and adapt as the plants grew.

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Post  boffer on 12/24/2011, 11:53 am

I like the idea; especially for small amounts of different types of seedlings.

Would you give a ballpark number for 'high lumens' please? There's a lot of options out there.

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Post  plantoid on 12/24/2011, 12:21 pm

At my small holding I mounted two foot long striplights containing a fish tanks gro - lite lamp & set them in inverted gutter profiles called an "Ogee profile "

Here is a picture of it .

The gutter is white UPVC and mounted on a 1/2 x 4 x 48 inch long plank .
For my grow lights I simply hung a four cornered strung version off a nail on a roof truss and made loops in the suspending cord so I could put the light at difffering heights as the plant grew.

The lumems per foot as usually shown on the tube lamp .


The picture is just to show the Ogee profile as this light is fixed in my garage.

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Post  camprn on 12/24/2011, 12:23 pm

A few links to other grow light stands
link one

link two

link three

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Post  staf74 on 12/24/2011, 12:48 pm

Boffer - Anything over 2000 lumens is pretty good going for a single bulb. They are self-ballasted too which is nice. I have one which is 2833 lumens and still only runs 42 watts. Again, lowes or any hardware store should carry them. I run a cool white and a warm white for a balanced spectrum but you really don't have to worry too much about spectrum if you are just starting seedlings.

http://www.littlegreenhouse.com/accessory/lights.shtml

These grow bulbs all fit nicely into the clamp light but again, regular CF bulbs are fine IMO for seed starting. All CF don't run hot so you can go closer to plants.

On the above site, you can get a 125W CF bulb emitting a balanced spectrum PLUS 8500 lumens but it needs a socket adaptor ($10) and the bulb is $45. A great bulb but it all depends on your set-up and how big you want to go. More $$ bulb = more Lumens = more $$ to operate. The reflector puts virtually all the light directly at the plant which is obviously where you want it.


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Post  staf74 on 12/24/2011, 12:49 pm

Nice links Camp !!!

Solid and easy designs

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Post  camprn on 12/24/2011, 1:17 pm

link five

link six

Lamp options

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Post  plantoid on 12/24/2011, 1:50 pm

Thanks for the links Camprn ,

They got me thinking ... I've moved to UK eBay for the LED red & blue lamp versions... and have ordered some for the green house heated bed area to kick start my big onions for next year.

Now all I need is a photo electric cell switch & plug in timer to set them up for extending the day light hours .

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Post  camprn on 12/24/2011, 2:49 pm

Here is another source for online ordering for lighting... hmmm... I wonder why?
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Post  yolos on 12/24/2011, 3:00 pm

This is the stand that I am going to try to build this winter. I don't know how much this guy knows about the actual light bulbs. But I like the two tiered stand. I may try for a third shelf on the top instead of the single rod. This will give me room to store my seed growing equipdment. Maybe add some wheels so I can keep in on my porch and roll it into the house on really cold nights.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxqh9KG9bQo

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Post  Goosegirl on 12/24/2011, 7:30 pm

Thanks for the vid link Yolos! It gave me some ideas for modifying my station this winter!

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Post  llama momma on 12/24/2011, 8:39 pm

Looking for fast, cheap, and low-tech? Pull books off the bookcase and pile them up flat making 2 towers. Place both ends of the grow light on the towers. Put plants below. Plants did fine.

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Post  sceleste54 on 12/25/2011, 11:28 am

I stacked 3 bricks on some unused barspace in my kitchen and placed a shoplight on them. Not very decorative but works just fine and easy to change the height.

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My Over the Top Seedling Station

Post  Furbalsmom on 1/28/2012, 6:34 pm

I built a seedling station, but of course I got carried away. I also placed it in my dining room.

The station is 6 feet long and 6 feet high with a useable length of 4 1/2 ft. There are two shelves for seedlings, plus a top that I use for storage.

The shelves are approximately 24 inches high, which makes it easy for me to work on each shelf and gives the babies room to grow. Standard seedling flats are 11 X 21 inches, so this will hold two seedling flats on each shelf.

There are two shop light fixtures over each shelf. Hoping this will correct the low light problem of last year.

Supplies:

*18 cinderblocks
*Lumber to build two shelves and a top, 6 feet long and 16 inches deep (I used various width boards I had on hand to make each shelf. )
*8 screw in cup hooks
*4 – 4 ft fluorescent light fixtures (inexpensive shop lights)
*4 cool white and *4 warm white fluorescent light bulbs

Directions:

Step 1. Place two stacks of three cinderblocks 52 inches apart

Step 2. Place 6 ft wood boards across the top of the stack to make a shelf 16 inches deep



Step 3. Add two sets of three cinderblocks on top of the shelf, 52 inches apart and directly on top of each of the cinderblock bases.

Step 4. Add 6 ft wood boards across the new cinderblocks, again making the shelf 16 inches deep

Repeat steps 3 and 4 to add a second shelf

Step 5. Insert one cup hook on the bottom side of the boards over each shelf, fifteen inches from each end (42 inches apart) and approximately four inches from the front of the shelf. Then, insert another cup hook on the bottom side of the boards over each shelf, fifteen inches from each end (42 inches apart) and approximately four inches from the back of the shelf.



Step 6. Hang two shop light fixtures over each shelf from the cup hook.


Now GROW babies

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Very cool cinderblocks

Post  tomperrin on 1/28/2012, 6:46 pm

Furbalsmom...

Do these have a brand name? Are there inserts holding them together?

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Post  quiltbea on 1/28/2012, 7:49 pm

furbalsmom.....Love that cinder block setup.

I have a banquet table in the furnace room I use. I just place bricks or old VHS tapes under both ends of my shop lights and raise them or lower then as needed. I can even raise one side higher than the other this way.

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Post  EatYourVeggies on 1/29/2012, 3:52 am

@ashort wrote:I want to make as stand for a shop light style grow light out of pvc - does anyone have plans for one or maybe have run across a site with plans... looking for a 4 footer....

Shortly after the grey hair started, the memory went next so my apology in advance for not remembering his name, but there's a sixteen year old Certified SFG Instructor on this forum who just posted a really clean set up he built last week. At least I'm pretty sure it was on this forum and then linked to a Youtube video.

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Post  EatYourVeggies on 1/29/2012, 4:05 am

A follow up to my follow up. His name is Josh and here's the link to check out:

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t9897-made-a-plant-light-stand

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Post  Furbalsmom on 1/29/2012, 2:01 pm

@tomperrin wrote:Furbalsmom...

Do these have a brand name? Are there inserts holding them together?

Tom

Tom, these were casts offs from a construction project nearby. These blocks, which seem a bit smaller than standard cinder concrete blocks, had been installed and the building inspector said they were not compliant for the intended use. They are 5 1/2 X 7 1/2 X 15 1/2 and have a curve shaped cut out which was to allow for plumbing lines (or something like that) to be run through.

They were given to us. We had to chip off the mortar and then we painted them so they would look "nice" in the dining room. Razz

I have no idea about the brand name.

We did not put any inserts in them. I would not allow any kids to try to climb on them, but they are sturdy and stable enough for my use.

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Aha!

Post  tomperrin on 1/29/2012, 2:17 pm

I thought they looked rather spiffy!

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Post  Josh on 1/29/2012, 2:42 pm

My mom was happy with how mine turned out, she has put it to use starting some cuttings of some flowers.

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