Looking for an odd size light

korina(9b, Sunset 17)June 10, 2005

Hi. I'm new to this forum, but not Gardenweb. I'm getting *real* frustrated, because no one seems to make a 36" flourescent light fixture. My light stand consists of a wire shelving unit from Target that I've outfitted with two 24" fixtures per shelf; just as my African violets finally adjusted (mostly) to too much light, I got another smaller shelving unit that fits those fixtures perfectly.

So anyhoo, I now need two simple, basic 36" flourescent light fixtures, and *I can't find any*!

Do you guys have any suggestions?

Thanks.

Korina

- 'Clown shoes. Why did it have to be clown shoes?'

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lightmaster(z8 Salem, Ore.)

You can find single tube 3 footers at HomeDepot and lowes for $16.97....

-j-

    Bookmark   June 10, 2005 at 8:02PM
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nygardener(z6 New York)

Aquarium stores often have double-tube (and wider) ones.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2005 at 8:17PM
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korina(9b, Sunset 17)

j, thanks. I figured Home Despot etc. would have them, but the nearest box is a good three hour drive each direction. Gas is too $$$. I'm poor.

Having said that, nygardener, I'll check with our one or two aquarium stores, but I think they're $$$ too. Everything is $$$. I only make $ on a good check.

Pardon me; it's Monday, I have a sore throat, and I tend to whine anyway.

Thanks for your suggestions guys.

Korina

    Bookmark   June 13, 2005 at 2:44PM
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nygardener(z6 New York)

Home Depot sells 3-foot fixtures online. The single-light version j mentions is listed for $15.99, Internet/Catalog #324655. A double-light version for $26.49 is Internet/Catalog # 324727. (You can also search their site for the keyword fluorescent.) Shipping a couple of fixtures will add another $10 or so.

Is there a place near you that sells 36" bulbs? Many people recommend a combination of one warm-white and one cool-white. For the fixtures mentioned above, you're looking for 36-inch, 30-watt T-12 medium bi-pin bulbs (that is, standard 3-foot tubes). There are lots of places that sell fluorescent tubes online, but many seem to have large minimum order quantities (15 or more). Here's one that doesn't. A combination of warm white and either cool white or "daylight" should do the trick.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2005 at 8:52AM
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korina(9b, Sunset 17)

ny, thanks! Wow! You're going to keep me busy all day following all those links. Still $$$. ;-)

I've been using just cool white bulbs for almost a year now, and everything *seems* happy...

Korina

    Bookmark   June 14, 2005 at 2:12PM
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nygardener(z6 New York)

Well K, I don't think you're going to do much cheaper than a couple of mail-order Home Depot fixtures and some three-dollar cool-white bulbs. Two double fixtures, plus four bulbs, will cost you about $85, including shipping, delivered to your door (no gas). Them's the breaks! And, yeah, the whole clown shoes thing has me puzzled, too.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2005 at 10:48PM
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korina(9b, Sunset 17)

nygardener, $85 is a LOT of money to me, especially all at once. I'm going to finish re-arranging everything and see how it goes. If it doesn't, I can always go back to Home Despot. Thanks so much for your help.

Um, the clown shoes quote was a bit of random silliness I threw in -- it's from an unproduced script I was once coerced into reading. Just don't ask about the time-travelling Chevy Nova.

Korina

    Bookmark   June 22, 2005 at 12:08PM
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nygardener(z6 New York)

Yes, I realized after posting that I had been a little cranky. I hope you find a solution that works well.

I wasn't even going to mention the Nova, though I encountered it last week. It had set out this coming Fourth of July for some last-minute grocery shopping.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2005 at 4:48PM
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