Intro: Hanging Plant Shelf - Usb/solar Powered DIY
new design; The Plant Shelf
new design; The Plant Arm
please check out my other designs @ https://www.instructables.com/member/0bios0/
peace to all...
youtube video in action:
again the idea is to grow plants anywhere, anytime - turn those dark windowless office spaces, or apartment buildings into a place of life and light. think about it, all those cubicals we have all over the world, they all have computers in them. we can bring the sun shine with us anywhere
Step 1: Parts
- 22" gauge wire from radio shack.
- perforated metal hanger / local hardware store ($2.50 a roll)
- L shaped brackets / local hardware store ($3.50 set of 4)
- some zip ties for security
- usb cable
- wooden plank cut to size
- about 10 screws
the design itself is extremely light, all you have to do is to stabilize the plant. that's the only real weight. the metal hanger can be very easily bent to shape, but remember it is actually extremely strong if you know how to use it. It can easily care bot of those plants with just a single screw. just make sure you are screwing into wood, not drywall - if so; please use a drywall plastic screw hosing, they have this at the hardware store as well, probably $5/pack.
for the solar attachment;
Step 2: Conclusion
I have 2 high power LEDs, each are 660nm, they are connected in series totaling to 5V @350mA. Each LED is 2.5-2.7 said the packaging. got them from Ebay for $8/10pack. According to my research on USB ports, they give out 5V but the mA given is adjusted as needed, so when I plug these lights in to my laptop, at first they are brighter for like a half second, probably receiving 500mA at that moment, then the laptop reduces it to 350mA. which should be ok. they give off no heat what so ever. the plant on top already doubled in size and getting ready to bloom, within 7 days, maybe less 5...
I get all my parts from the thrift stores, only the high power LEDs are actually bought. this webpage showed me to be very creative and use all my available resources prior to purchasing new junk. i hate buying new things when we have sooo much gold laying around in the trash.
remember to check out my
first prototype; https://www.instructables.com/id/USB-powered-LED-pl...
second prototype; https://www.instructables.com/id/USB-powered-LED-pl...