Do-It-Yourself PVC table-top light stand couldn't be easier to make!
Make a simple pvc light stand to grow vegetable, flower, and herb transplants for your garden. The 4-ft. long shop light will illuminate approximately 3.5 sq. ft. of growing area; enough to grow 20-100 transplants depending on spacing and individual cell size.
Materials and cost:
(doesn't include table, soilless media, containers, seeds, etc.)
|All-season shop light fixture for 32 watt T-8 tubes (ready to use with power cord and pull switch)||$20.00|
|(2) T-8 tubes; 32 watt||$9.50|
|10-ft. long, 1 ½ in. diameter pvc pipe||$6.00|
|(2) 1 ½ in. slip Tee||$2.50|
|(2) 1 ½ in. 90º elbow||$2.00|
|(4) 1 ½ in. end caps||$3.00|
|Extra chain and hooks||$4.00|
It will cost about $9 to operate the shop light from March 15 to June 1: 32 watts x 2 bulbs x 16hrs x 70days = 71.7 kw x $.12/kilowatt-hour = $8.60.
|Use a marker to divide 10-ft. pipe into seven pieces: (1) 52 in.; (2) 18 in.; (4) 8 in. There will be no waste. Cut the pipe into the seven pieces with a hacksaw.||Here are the seven pieces plus fittings.||Build the ends by pushing two 8-in. pieces (feet) and one of the 18-in. pieces (upright) into one of the “T” fittings. (You can use pvc primer and cement to make a permanent light stand or push the pieces for easy takedown.) Repeat to build the other end.|
|Insert the elbows on top of the two uprights and place the four end caps over the ends of the “feet.||Connect the ends by inserting the 52-in. piece into the elbows.||This is the shop light box. It came with a power cord and pull chain.|
|T-8 indoor fluorescent tubes (cool) are a good choice. They produce plenty of light and are more energy efficient than older T-12 tubes.||T-8 tubes are only 1-in. in diameter; ½-in. slimmer than older T-12 tubes.||You can raise and lower your shop light with metal chains and hooks.|
Keep the shop light only 1-2-in. above the tops of your plants. This will make your transplants stocky and strong. You can raise the temperature and speed germination and growth by covering the light stand with a piece of clear plastic.