LED Grow Lights – DIY Project?

I’ve noticed more and more LED holiday lights (like these or these) for sale and had an idea. I wonder if those LED mini lights can be used to create a grow light for my overwintering plants. Here are some other question I have and need to do some research on:

– Are the holiday mini lights enough light? How much do I need?
– Are they the correct light spectrum? Do I need to get reds, blues, whites?
– Will they really use less energy than my current fluorescent ones?
– Where is a good source of lights? Hopefully, there will be some left at the After-Christmas sales.
– Has anyone here use any LED grow lights and how well did they work?

I’ll have to do more research, but here are some initial findings:
How to Make LED Grow Light Panels
DIY Your Own LED Light Grow Box Today!
Hydroponic DIY – How to Make an LED Plant Growing Box!
Cheap LED Light and Grow Box

  • Thanks for those links. I’d never thought of using LED for grow light. hmmm.

    • I didn’t either. Thought that it wouldn’t be bright enough, but I guess it works… I wasn’t able to get the lights for 50% off after Christmas… they take it out of stock and don’t sell it under clearance :( oh well… maybe next year…

      • Now that I think about it… A couple of years ago, I did try a little LED desk lamp that I bought at Dollar General. I put a small container of seeds under it, and it worked fine.