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DIY - PVC Grow Lamp Tower

I remember when I first started my garden in the backyard.  I knew I that it was a good idea to start seeds indoors, but I also knew I had poor indoor lighting.   I purchased one of those grow lights but ended up just propping it up with a coffee can on each side.  It worked to some extent, but it was unsightly and ineffective in the long run. 

This is a PVC plant light stand which you can make yourself. This plant stand has 3 shelves. One could be made with only 2 shelves if you are not starting that many seedlings. Each shelf will hold 4 standard (10" x 20") nursery flats. Cost to construct this unit is approximately $100 to $120 including the flourescent shop lights, but no shelving material. This unit is narrow enough that you can use the nursery flats to hold your plants and so no shelves are actually needed.

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You will need:

  • 10' lengths of 1" schedule 40 PVC (7 to 8 pieces)
  • (40) - 1" tees
  • Hand held PVC cutting tool (it's worth it)
  • Tape measure
  • Sharpie marker (or similar marker - pencil will work)
  • (6)narrow flourescent shop light fixtures holding 2 tubes each
    and having long cords
  • (1)electrical power bar with 6 outlet plugs
  • Automatic timer for ease of turning lights on and off automatically


Cut the pieces as follows:

  • (16) - 19-1/2" horizontal long pieces
  • (16) - 3" horizontal short pieces
  • (12) - 14" vertical side pieces
  • (12) - 15" horizontal cross pieces
  • (4) - 5" legs

BELOW PLEASE FIND SOME NEW DRAWINGS. THANKS TO L. BURHANS WHO HAS SO GRACIOUSLY CREATED THESE EXCELLENT DRAWINGS! I'M SURE THESE DIRECTIONS AND DRAWINGS WILL HELP YOU MAKE YOUR PLANT STAND.

Materials

  • Red - 16x 19.5" horizontal bars
  • White - 16x 3" connectors
  • Blue - 12x 14" vertical bars
  • Green - 12x 15" cross bars
  • Orange - 4x 5" legs
  • Grey - 40x T-connectors

PERMA-WHAT?

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