Step by step custom AeroGarden hood (
I think it is BS that you have to buy those stupid lights from AG. And I dont even think you can get any in 2700K.
Anyways, I was had a problem with my lights going out intermitently. I popped open the hood and found my wires were shot. Since I want to be able to use whatever light I choose I decided to customize it. All the materials should be less than $35 at any reputable hardware store.
Heres what you need:
Two light sockets with pigtails
Extension cord, preferably 12 or 14 guage
Didnt actually need the zip ties like I though I was.
Step one: Remove hood from AG and take out lights.
Step two: Remove hood support by pushing down on the little tab that holds the rod onto the hood. It can be found by looking through the vents in the top of the hood. It is directly above the support rod.
Step three: remove all the screws in the hood. This includes the two next the S-plug. I already took mine apart here, mocked it up for the pic.
Step four: remove socket and wire assemblies. We are going to reuse the white part where the light plugs in. You should be able to just break the wires off the socket. Throw wires away. Again, mine was already apart.
Step five: Now, if you look at the original sockets, you should see two little tabs that are used to clip the lights in. Break these off.
Step six: After you break off the tabs, reinstall original sockets.
Step seven: Insert your new sockets, wires first, through the old receptacle.
Step eight: Take your extension cord and cut the end off of it. Separate the wires. I just cut the ground off cause I dont really have anything to ground to in my tent.
Step nine: Now comes the important part. Wiring. Some people are intimidated by wiring but there is nothing to it. I just wired all my hots together and all the grounds together.
Step ten: Test. You dont want to get everything back together just to realize you messed something up. I generally run my CFLs for a full hour the first time I use it. Kind of a little break in period.
Step eleven: This is by far going to be the hardest part. Putting the cover back on. It may take you a while to get the lid back on but stick with it. I had to take the stupid metal band off the outside. It will fit. If I had it to do over again I would use longer pigtails on the socket. This would get the wire nuts out of the way. After you fit it, screw everything back together and reinstall the support rod. Which can be tricky. Again, stick with it.
Step twelve:Load up the bong and crack open a cold one and sit back knowing that come flower time your AeroGarden is going to have the optimal spectrum for flowering.
I hope this helps someone. If anybody has any ideas to improve or make this process easy please speak up.