What fixtures to buy today

andyinnycFebruary 4, 2010

I'm sure this has been discussed, but my searches haven't gotten me the answer for which I'm searching (so thanks for indulging me).

I have 6 of the original $7 or so Home Depot lights on my rack in the basement. These have the 'good' ballasts that were suggested years ago when I bought them.

The fixtures have (I believe) 40 watt T-12s.

I need two new fixtures and the ones I own are unavailable for purchase. I have added an additional shelf to the growing platform (woo hoo, more plants).

Two questions:

1. What fixture should I buy (best 4' x two fixtures bang for the buck)?

2. I believe my current fixtures take a variety of bulbs - should I replace the T12s with something else or new T12s (they are getting long in the tooth and are probably putting out a lot less light than they did when new)?


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I would go with the T-5's. They cost more but they put out more light, which can only be better for the plants.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2010 at 10:35PM
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