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HOW TO BUILD

VERTICAL CARDBOARD LED HOLDER

This guide is part of:

HOW TO BUILD A IKEA EKET CONNECTED GROW BOX

Welcome to the website guide of the Eket V2 build video guide.
With two separate chambers this build can do continuous supply in a very small package.

This guide is done with a small and a big eket, but you could do it with two large ones to allow longer vegging, in this case you can do the second eket for vegging with just 2 panels instead of 4.

The normal power usage for this build is below 50w total, which means less than $5/month for veg (4) and $3/month in bloom (3).

The new cardboard compression chamber of the blower allows for a quieter build and makes the carbon filter setup much simpler.

(The attachements below are also downloadable throughout the guide)

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This is actually one of the most important part of this build, the main problem being to be able to place the led panels diagonally in the box, so the plant has more room to grow.

Another advantage of this way of doing, is that the cardboard structure exposes the back of the panels inside the cardboard tubes, instead of directly in the box, which helps evacuating hot air directly to the top of the box, without spreading to the rest of the box.

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#1

Building the LED holders

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Hopefully you followed the first step properly and didn’t destroy the cardboard box.

Take the cardboard from the large eket; we’re going to start by making the LED holders.
You can cut off the flap part and keep the main rectangle.

With this we're going to make the LED holders.

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#2

Trace the lines

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For this new and improved how to build guide we made some printable plans and patterns; click the attachements below to download them.

Start by tracing the lines on the cardboard.

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#3

Using the door for reference works too

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For a simple way to measure the height of the LED holder, place it against the door and draw a line at the top.

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#4

Remove a little gap at the top

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As the air behind the LED heats and rises; cutting a bit shorter from the top will allow air to escape and be directly exhausted.

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#5

Make the LED placer

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The top of the cardboard cut out previously can be used to help you place the LED panels.

Cut off one side, it has the perfect shape for marking where the LED panel will go.

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#6

Mark LED position

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The top piece you just cut off can be used as a guide to mark the LED spot - or use the measures from the previous PDFs

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#7

Cut out the LED shaped rectangle

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By freeing the back of the LED panel we’re helping with heat dissipation (even though these panels produce very little it's better to do it than not :)).

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#8

Make the incision alond the dashed lines

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Deep breath, steady hands - here the goal is to make an incision (don’t cut through) on the outer layer making it easier to bend.

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#9

Bend cardboard

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Gently bend along the line you just cut.

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#10

Secure hinge with aluminium tape

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Secure the hinge with some aluminium tape to prevent ripping and cover the front of the holder for increased light reflection.

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#11

Attach LED to holder 1/2

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When inspiration struck we went with the flow and created these little LED holders which are quite practical.

Stacking and gluing 2 pieces of cardboard to make a little notch holder.

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#12

Attach LED to holder 2/2

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But on the other hand just taping the LED panels is simpler and faster.
+you can easily clean off the tape residue with iso.

Yes, the GIF shows the holder for the veg box but I'm sure you understand the concept :)

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#13

Make holes for cable management

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For cable management purposes we’ll have the lower panel cable inside the structure.

Imprint the shape of the connector and cut out the cardboard.
Now put the cable inside and out the top.

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#14

Place the LED panels

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Plug the LED panels and hold everything in place with a piece of aluminium tape.

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#15

Close LED holder

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Last step for the LED holder build; close the back with tape.
Make sure you have both ends of the LED cables out the top.

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HOW TO INSTALL CARDBOARD VERTICAL LED HOLDERS

Now that our cardboard structure is made and our led panels are attached to it, it's time to place the LED holders inside the growbox!

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