I have a bunch of plants on my room. this is the first year I have tried
to grow anything. so I don't know which kind of light to use when I take
them inside. I have a long hanging 'pendant lights'
(http://tinyurl.com/3rngzp ) but I think its not good for my plants. I
really don't have much natural light coming through my windows. Also I
would like to know whats the best brands and others details about the
Derryl Killan Wrote
If your plants are small in size I suggest Gro Lux Fluorescent Tubes ina
4 Ft. fixture. They have the red and blue light that plants need.
Garden centers probably have the tubes and a lighting supply house will
have the 48" fixtures.
I've used ordinary 48" fluorescent lamps for about thirty years with
excellent results. However, you may wish to rig the lights (or a bank of
lights) with a pulley so you can raise/lower the lights as the seedlings
grow. Alternatively, you can always place something underneath the sprouted
seedlings to raise them closer to the light, especially if you have seeds
from various plants that sprout at different times. Keep your seedlings as
close as practicable to the lights so the plants don't become spindly or
"leggy." Before long, you'll gain experience and confidence.
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I used 48" flourescents for many years but last year tried the CFLs.
CFLs have a broader light spectrum than ordinary flourescents so I
thought that it was worth a try.
What I did not realize was that the smaller CFLs in a painters fixture
was much easier to get close to the seedlings. And when I have some
tall seedlings (tomatoes for instance) next to some short seedlings
(something recently started, I can direct one CFL down close to the
short guys and another close to the tall guys.
My results were excellent and I am using the CFLs again this year.
Thanks for the tip, John. I shall try this next year. You using
100watt equivalent CFLs?
When you say painters fixtures, do you mean reflective hanging
fixtures, half globe shaped, such as the fixture used for heat lamps on
You mean the regular CFL bulbs? I am new to growing indoors as well
and I had this same exact question. Good thing I came here. I am
planning to do bonsai keeping them on shelves that may or may not be
able to move with spot lights above mounted on the wall, possibly in
track lighting that is mounted vertically for adjustments. Do you
think this setup will be feasible? everything I have seen for grow
light bulbs puts them at about $40-$50 with one of those cheap clip-on
spot domes. If CFLs work then I may be in business.
What do you guys think?
23 watt (100 watt incandescent equivalent) CFLs work great.
23 watt PAR CFL reflector floods work even better, putting all the
light on your plants instead of burning your eyes. The enclosed
design is safer, too, reducing breakage and containing the
tiny little bit of mercury in case they _do_ break.
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