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How To Heat A Hoop House By 20 Degrees Using Incandescent Lights

How To Heat A Hoop House By 20 Degrees Using Incandescent Lights

This video will teach you how to heat a hoop house by 20 degrees using incandescent lights safely and affordably to protect the plants inside for growing season extension. Using this hoop house design, I’m growing peppers and tomatoes in my winter garden in North Carolina!

I installed a smart heated hoop house for a raised bed garden in Fall 2020 using a heated polytunnel design. Using a Wi-Fi controlled smart outlet, I was able to convert this hinged hoophouse into a smart heated hinged hoop house raised bed garden. This small DIY greenhouse uses incandescent lights to safely heat the plants inside, converting the structure into a smart heated greenhouse where the lights can be turned on and off remotely.

This video contains a scientific analysis proving this design can extend growing season by increasing overnight temperatures by more than 20 degrees. This greenhouse design is very affordable and uses a total of 565W of energy. Assuming running the lights for 8 hours @ 11 cents per kWh, that equates to (565*8*0.00011 = ) less than 50 cents of electricity per night to operate!

TABLE OF CONTENTS
0:00 Introduction
0:43 Materials List
2:33 Upcoming Cold Snap I Must Protect Against
2:55 How To Install Lights In A Hoop House
4:42 Greenhouse Lit Up At Night
5:56 Freeze Results And Data Analysis
9:00 30 Day Greenhouse Growth Update
11:43 Adventures With Dale

If you have any questions about how to build a hinged hoop house, how to heat a greenhouse, how to extend your growing season, have questions about any of the things I am growing in my garden, are looking for any garden tips and tricks, or have questions about gardening in general, please ask in the Comments below!

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Location: Southeastern NC, Brunswick County (greater Wilmington area)
Zone 8A

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  1. I would use small zip ties to shorten the cord distance between each bulb. Over lap the wire(fold) and zip tie so it stays the length you create. This would place bulbs closer together and there by create more heat by having more bulbs in the space you currently have. Also, I wonder how a double plastic cover would do. Double pane glass in a regular window creates and insulation air space.

  2. Excellent work, My wife and I were discussing having one on our long bed at the end of this next season. It is 15'x4'. That may need a lot of lights though. Keep up the great work and videos, Just nothing like growing your own grub.

  3. I do this with my tropical tortoise species. A cheaper recommendation would be ceramic bulbs. You can get them for $5 for a 150watt bulb or larger. That way youre not creating a birdnest of wires

  4. Yes, agree it’s something different to consider keeping plants warm in cold nights. Is this different than installing a low wattage barn heater? How much electricity/ power are being utilized?

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