Plant Stand Fluorescent fixture/bulb help
I've read through the posts on building a plant stand and have picked up some great information and ideas. Unfortunately I'm still a bit confused and have to ask a "worn" out question (or three!).
I currently plan on only starting seeds and cuttings. Being on a limited budget, I bought inexpensive shop lights from HD (model 1233, dual 4' T12 bulbs) to be arranged two per shelf.
1) I plan on adding some sheet metal as reflectors. Is there anything else I should/could do? Yes, I know T8 fixtures w/electronic ballasts would be better, but I didn't see any reasonably priced (hint hint).
2) HD had cases of Philips bulbs:
$28 Alto DX 2325 lumens, 84 CRI, 6500K
$20 Alto Plus CW 3200 lumens, 70 CRI, 4100K
$15 Alto CW/RS 2650 lumens, 62 CRI, 4100K
Yes, I'm still confused on the importance of the various ratings - but am I right in leaning towards the Alto Plus CW? Or is there something else better that's reasonably priced?
Shoot - as I write this and revisit some articles, I wonder if I should go back to the drawing board! Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions...