Step 1: Get Yer Stuff Together
2- 2' fluorescent lights (used if you can)
Assorted fasteners & hardware
Saw, drill, stuff like that
Step 2: Combine the Lights
Bolt them together with a couple bolts at each end.
Stick a link from a chain in between the lamps at each bolt so you have a place to hang the lamps from.
Wire the lamps in parallel and add a cord. (Connect the white wires with each other and the black wires with each other)
Be careful, safety first!
Ask for help if this freaks you out.
Step 3: Make the Stand
16" high and 26" long should work...
Step 4: The Reflector
You could also make a ring of reflective bubble wrap too sit around the stand to help reflect light in.
Step 5: Happy Plants
The only problem with this project is you're going to want a bigger one. If you're feeling ambitious you could go ahead and make it with 4' lights right away.
If you like projects and want to see more of 'em come on over to our site: Mike and Molly's House where we do Mighty Projects on our Mini Farm (aka our backyard).