Follow These Steps to Make a working DIY LED Grow Light for Your Indoor Plantation
Creating a DIY LED grow light is not a hard thing to do. All you need are the materials and the willingness to follow in the steps provided (unless you are creative. If so, then you skip the following part altogether).
Maybe you have seen the best LED grow light review under $200 and think that you need a grow light. However, you are lacking the necessary fund for it because the term ‘under 200$’ is too wide. What if the tent costs 199? What if you cannot afford to spend even the tiniest amount of money because you have spent all of your money buying plant seeds? What if you suddenly felt the urge to spend your money on a fortune-teller to know what kind of future awaits you in 2019? Because of those things, buying even the cheapest grow light is out of the bag.
What you can do, however, is to get the tools out and build your own LED grow lights. You heard us right, folks. You need to get building your LED and get it working this instant. There are many advantages in building your own LED grow lights, so there is no reason why you should not do that.
Because time is a very important resource in this age, perhaps it would be better for us to begin with the guide. Let us first begin with the things that you would need before you start assembling the light:
The necessary tools
- A drilling tool to drill those materials.
- A scale
- Write stripper because you will be needing to strip those wires naked
- A soldering tool.
- Fans. Not the human ones, but the ones that can cool things.
- A thermal glue. If you lack one, silicone glue can also work.
- The necessary small tools like nuts, bolts, and other things like those.
- AWG wire, length based on your preference
- LED drivers
- A power cord
- A DC transformer (or two for spare)
- A strong panel, preferably one made out of metal
Let us jump into the assembly steps
First thing first, measure things. This is the first step that you need to take before you drill the holes. Find the middle point for your LED light and mark six points somewhere around that middle point. From there, just drill away the marks and get yourself six, nice holes on your panel. (this is where your LED light will sit on) When that is done, drill another hole for your power because all top rated LED grow lights got their own holes for their power chords.
When you are done with the drilling part, it is time to spurt the translucent, sticky stuff all over the panel. Get your fingers out and start smearing that thermal glue all over the area you want your LED light to stick on. Press it down and give it a little twist to ensure there is no space left between the panel and the LED for maximum satisfaction. If some of the glue comes out from the sides of the LED drivers, clean them away. The last part of the glueing process involves waiting overnight, so go do that.
The wiring comes next after this. This is probably the hardest step because you would need a good eye for this method. If you do not know how to do this, we recommend you get this step done by someone with extensive knowledge of electricity.
But if you want to truly live up to the DIY spirit, solder the + terminal into the – terminal and do that repeatedly. When you are done, solder the terminal for a bit and add the wire into the fray before finally soldering all of them together. Lastly, solder the terminals (be it positive or negative) of each drive into the LED.
If you are finished, this is the moment you should be taking the nuts and bolts out. The LED drivers are where you should be bolting and nutting, so go do it until all drivers are covered. This bolting and nutting process is necessary for you to make space beneath the drivers. The space is necessary because it helps the drivers from getting too hot.
The electricity part on the next step is a bit confusing, but it is not something that is impossible to do. Just connect the AC wires together, attach it to a power plug, and you will be ready to go.
The final step is to throw the cooling fan into the fray and you will be done with the grow light fan. It would not work as best as those fans you can see in grow light reviews, but it can its job well enough provided you did not mess any step in this guide.
By getting that last step done, you have finally built yourself a working DIY LED grow light!