|Project by luv2learn||posted 03-22-2012 03:34 AM||3179 views||15 times favorited||15 comments|
Here in Northern Idaho (90 miles south of the Canadian border) our gardening season is short. So my wife, who loves to garden, wanted to get a head start on the season by starting her plants inside. I built these stacked, and mobile, light tables to take advantage of the limited space we have in our garage/shop.
I bought the 2’x4’ fixtures for $8.00 each from the local Habitat for Humanity store. The light table units are nothing more than 2×4 construction. I rabbited insets in the table top frames to accommodate a piece of 3/8” particle board. Each light fixture has a 12” vertical adjustment to accommodate the plants as they grow.
I did change the ballast on the fixtures to power T8 daylight bulbs rather than the original T12s. Both would work but the T*s are more energy efficient. All the fixtures are on a timer.
Don’t let anyone tell you that you have to have fancy grow light bulbs to be successful. These daylight bulbs work great. In the first photo you will notice two of the fixtures are on and adjusted down to almost touching the table top. My wife started geranium seeds two days ago and they are now starting to sprout. Oh, and it has been snowing outside for the last two days :).
These are nothing fancy, just a practical, inexpensive way to solve a need :)
-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green