Get a head start on the 2020 planting season by building an indoor grow light table to sprout your seeds this winter. An indoor grow light table is a simple and affordable way to keep gardening through the winter and provide additional light to help your house plants thrive.
Here is our detailed guide on how to build an indoor grow table with just a few simple materials.
Growing your own seedlings has several benefits for the home gardener including:
To build an indoor garden successfully, it is essential to understand how plants respond to different levels of light and how this affects their growth.
Light falls along a spectrum of intensity. While a lamp may appear bright to the human eye, the spectrum of light emitted by this lamp may be insufficient for plant photosynthesis and, therefore, won’t encourage growth. The ideal growth lamp should also provide enough volume of light without producing too much heat, which can burn delicate foliage.
Another factor to consider when sourcing a light for your indoor grow light table is that different plants require different light levels. A good rule of thumb to guide you is that house plants require the lowest levels of light, leafy herbs need moderate light, and fruiting plants require the highest light levels.
Outdoor plants receive a full spectrum of light which ensures their proper growth. Unfortunately, standard indoor lighting does not offer the necessary red-and-blue spectrum of lighting to allow plants to photosynthesize.
The best type of light you can use for your indoor grow table is an LED light. LED lamps offer the full spectrum of light without emitting heat. LED lamps are not only good for your DIY grow table, but they are also good for your wallet and the environment since they use much less energy than fluorescent lamps.
Store-bought LED grow lights can be expensive, and it can be challenging to find the right one for your needs. So, if you are working with a tight budget or you can’t find the perfect LED lamp to add to your DIY light table, you can make your own grow light at home that provides the ideal amount of red-and-blue spectrum light for your plants.
This homemade grow light tutorial demonstrates how to create red-and-blue LED light panels that are modular so you can connect as many LED modules to the circuit as you need for your grow light table.
For an indoor grow light table that will last for many seasons, use durable, sturdy materials that are designed to last. We recommend using EMT conduit.
EMT conduit is constructed from tough aluminum that is lightweight, which means you can build a portable grow table that can be moved around your home. Using EMT conduit also offers a second benefit, as you can hide unsightly electrical wires from your grow table light inside the conduit without the risk of damage.
To construct your EMT conduit grow light table, you will need the following materials:
Building an indoor garden is a great solution to winter gardening woes and allows you to get a jump start your spring planting season during the colder months. Try this easy DIY grow light table at home or try making your own grow light so you can look forward to a better harvest for many years to come.
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