Pulleys with lights

andyinnycFebruary 11, 2010

I'm interested in hooking up my shop lights with pulleys a la a window shade - meaning that I want to pull on one side and have the light move up or down and be level.

Has anyone done this? Any pointers, pictures or tips?

I can follow directions, but my 4 year old is a better engineer.



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You might check out some of the fish/aquarium forums. I have seen several types there. They use systems like that for access to the fish tank for maintenance etc. Most I have seen are too complicated and/or expensive for me. I use small chains and a large hook at the top and just move my lights as needed. BTW, you can even get motors and do this with electricity if you got the money and time.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2010 at 8:06AM
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anna_in_quebec(z4 QC)

This is what was recommended to me - and I bought them on eBay - much cheaper than at hydroponic growing stores.

Here is a link that might be useful: Grow Light Hangers

    Bookmark   February 12, 2010 at 10:10AM
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homegrown54(z6 SE Ohio)

Andew, I find it much easier to use small chains and cup hooks. You can adjust however you want. Just hook the cup hooks in the chosen chain links and voila, your level achieved. Bear in mind, some of your starts will be smaller than the others (ex. tomatoes, tall, peppers small) that way, you can accommodate them both. Best of Luck. Homegrown, Buzzard Queen.
"Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed"

    Bookmark   February 20, 2010 at 6:08PM
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It is hard to beat a chain and hook. They are cheap,strong and easy to adjust.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2010 at 11:56AM
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This might help.
Grow lights, greenhouse and garden / 2008



Here is a link that might be useful: Mom's Garden

    Bookmark   February 26, 2010 at 12:55AM
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Doesn't having the light source not horizontal cause the plants to bend away from growing vertically. They do this outside too as they follow the sun, but the sun moves so the plants wouldn't get a permanent set.I guess you could physically keep moving the plants around to compensate.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2010 at 7:57PM
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I have perfected a method of raising and lowering shoplights using pulleys. Check out my video where I explain the process on youtube.

Shop Light Pulley System (YouTube)

    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 8:19PM
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Here is a link that might be useful: Shop Light Pulley System (youtube)

    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 2:04AM
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squirrellypete(z7b AL)

Woots, thank you for posting that. Very helpful! I'm fairly handy but haven't worked much with pulleys. I'll probably be rigging something similar this year.


    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 6:10PM
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Excellent setup you have there, might be borrowing some of your ideas and try them out on mine. Been wanting to be able to do arbitrary adjustments on my fixture but havenâÂÂt had an idea how to.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 10:31PM
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