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I installed my 4 foot grow light today and I am pretty happy with the results. The light cost me $20 and the two bulbs were $7. So I have less than $30 invested so far. I could have gotten a cheaper light for $9, but I try not to get the cheapest of anything. This looked like a decent light for the money. It was thin and uses the mini florescent tubes.
I had two prospect locations where I could install it and I had to get approval on the location from the Mrs. She was super happy to give her opinion for the reasons listed in this post. With the location set, I installed it in about an hour. Next on the list is to build or purchase some sort of work bench to put under the light.
This was location #1. The laundry room right above the washer and dryer. I liked it because it was very wide and the light would easily hang from bottom of the cabinet. I was then going to install a wall to wall shelf to put the seedlings on. The wife didn't like this option as it would be "too busy" with the shelving and light. I tried to sell her that the extra shelf could be used to store the detergent and stuff, but it was a no go.
This was location #2. This is also in the laundry room, but in a doorway to the right of the washer and dryer. This is the same small utility room that my freezer is in. The opposite wall from the freezer has another cabinet and also already has outlets. The only down side is that the width of the room is exactly 4 feet and it would be a tight squeeze to get the light in there. The cabinet is also smaller so the chains would not hang straight. She approved this location, so I moved on to getting it installed.
This is a picture from the underside of the cabinet. The edges are only 3/8 particle board material. I pre-drilled two small holes about 6.5 inches from the wall. This was to install two eye hooks.
I had to be real careful because the eye hooks were kind of large and I didn't want to split the material. I screwed the hooks into the cabinet until it started to show cracks and then I stopped. These threaded hooks should easily hold the weight of the light.
Here is the light installed. You can see there is only an inch to spare on each side of the light. The chains also stretch at an angle due to the cabinet being shorter than the width of the light.
Finished product, I am pleased with how it looks and fits. Now I have to get a stand to put the seedlings on.