DIY Light Stand for Seedlings

PVC Light Stand

Do-It-Yourself PVC table-top light stand couldn’t be easier to make!

PVC light stand completed

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
Total $47.00

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.

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.


Strafford County Master Gardeners Association, part of the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, is fifty+ gardeners strong, educating through gardening in Strafford County New Hampshire.
This entry was posted in Gardening and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to DIY Light Stand for Seedlings

  1. Pingback: Sowing | NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s