Thanks Paul, fingers crossed it all goes to plan. Trying my best to do things right this year
Had my design head on this morning, developing a frame to hang some lighting above these plants when they decide to show their heads.
Decided to use 20mm PVC electrical trunking as the material to build this, ordering 6x1500mm lengths along with bends and tees. The beauty of this system is that despite being very lightweight, its extremely easy to put together and everything is slip joints.
This is my design which is purposefully designed to fit on the chest of drawers I'm using as a growing bed.
I toyed with the idea of using a Sylvanna Gro-Lux tube that I have here but when I examined the colour temperature, it was far closer to the red spectrum than the blue. Now, while reds are brilliant for encouraging flowering and fruit, to encourage foliage, the blue spectrum is more suited. So I have now ordered a T8 LED tube with a colour temperature of 6400k. This brings is far closer to the blue end of the scale and should encourage bushyness in the plants
The tube will be supported by chains from the top cross members, secured by drilling through the reflector and pipe, passing the chain throuth the hole and pushing a small metal bar through the links. This will give me flexibility, allowing me to raise or lower the tube when needed.
In other news, I'm now on the waiting list for an allotment so I can take this up a notch. The one I have gone for has the shortest waiting list in the town, with a maximum wait of 12 months for the longest so I'm hopeful I'll be able to land a plot this year
Edited by MR2Jay77, 11 January 2017 - 05:20 AM.