You aren’t tired of hearing about seed starting yet, are you? Nah, I didn’t think so.
This year was my second year starting seeds indoors – and I was determined to go BIG or go home! Ok, so I was already home – but you catch my drift. Remember all of those seeds I purchased? Seed starting went more smoothly this year – amazing how having a plan helps things!
The one thing, however, that I DIDN’T have was lights.
Ah, grow lamp set-ups. You are pretty and nice. You are also expensive. Oh, and did I mention: I don’t like to spend money.
See my dilemma?
I just KNEW that I could find a way to do this cheaper – and by cheaper, I mean less money, NOT crappy quality. Got me?
Ready to see what I came up with?
First stop was the local thrift store. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was looking for, but I was keeping my options open. Imagine my excitement when I found two identical light fixtures, each able to hold 4 bulbs, for only 3 bucks each! Score!
Next up was the hardware store. I first looked at grow light bulbs – Um, excuse me? 6 bucks per bulb?! Nah, I’ll pass. But I figured I could do 4 of the grow light and 4 regular fluorescent bulbs, alternating them in the light fixtures. I purchased four (bulbs) similar to these for the grow lightbulbs and four bulbs similar to these for the regular fluorescent lightbulbs. My last purchase at the hardware store was two light cords (like these) and 4 ceiling hooks to pull it all together.
Once home, my dear hubby spliced the light cords into the fixtures. I had previously decided that the BEST place for my seedlings was still on my moveable island, so we suspended the light fixtures above the seedlings using the ceiling hooks and fishing line. As the seedlings grow, we will be able to adjust the height easily with the fishing line. We started with the light about 2 to 3 inches from the seedling tops.
Last thing to do is to screw in the light bulbs and position the seedlings.
Voila! There you have it – DIY grow lights for a fraction of the cost of a commercially produced set-up.
Oh, and I should probably add: My seedlings went nutso when I added the light – finally growing out, not just up!
What kind of set-up do you have for your grow-lights?