Homemade light fixtures, and the like
How, pray, would one go about constructing a grow light, or something of that nature? The little tomato, eggplant, and pepper seeds that I started in February germinated bravely, only to be greeted by a cold, wet and dreary Pacific Northwest winter. I put them in a south-facing window; there just plain and simple wasn't enough sun for them. I'd just about resigned myself to yet another year of pre-started hotplants, but over the last week, the sun finally came out and now all the seedlings are overjoyed and growing rambunctiously. Next year, I'm thinking in terms of grow-lights. The ones I looked up in catalogs seemed to be wildly expensive -- $70 and up. Has anyone just gotten some lights and built, I don't know, something? Also, does using these things affect your utility bill on a grand scale, or is it something you think is worth it?