How to build LED grow lamp kits

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How to build LED grow lamp kits
LED lights have a wide range of use, from lighting signs to use in DIY growing light kits. (NA/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Gardeners have used LED lights for several years as grow lamps. They believe that red and green LED lights provide the type of light necessary for early plant growth. They are especially useful for indoor growing during the winter months. Growing lights have been used to grow cooking herbs such as basil, flowers and also fruits and vegetables. Making your own LED grow light kit is a relatively simple process that can help give your growing a head start.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Large wooden box with lid
  • Drill
  • Red and blue LED lights
  • Electrical tape
  • Saw
  • Small fan
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Dirt

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Drill several rows of holes along the top of the box lid with a one-inch drill bit. Check to make sure it has a fully charged battery to give it full power. Arrange these holes in rows and stagger these rows throughout the lid evenly. This ensures all the seeds get an equal amount of light from the LED bulbs.

  2. 2

    Place the LED lights in the holes facing downwards, with red lights arranged next to blue lights and vice versa. Hold the lights in place with the electrical tape. This ensures that they don't fall down or move too far from their original installed position.

  3. 3

    Cut two holes at the top of the box on opposite sides of each other with the saw. These should be large enough to fit your fan. Use these holes for ventilation for your seeds, as these give them fresh air to help them grow. Place your fan in the hole. Make sure it is flush with the surface of the box. Screw it in place with the screwdriver in the wood using 1/8 inch screws. Only use pre-drilled screw holes to hold your fan in place.

  4. 4

    Plug your lights and your fan into a power supply. Make sure the lights and fans turn on properly. If not, check the electrical connection to make sure it is working. Place five inches of dirt along the bottom of the storage bin and plant your seeds. Lightly water them and place the lid on top of the storage bin. Only remove the lid to water your seeds.

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