Will plant/aquarium lights work?

jennieboyer(8)December 26, 2012

Hi - I'm brand new to growing under lights, and building my own stand. I have two foot fluorescent fixtures I will be using. Will regular plant/aquarium lights work, or are these not the right spectrum? I am looking for an economical light that will work, but don't want to buy "cheap" and not have it be the right type of light. I will need 8 bulbs total (four fixtures of two lights each. The plant/aquarium lights at Lowes are 18 watts (3500K). Any help or advice very much appreciated. Thanks!

Here is a link that might be useful: Lowe's light

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overdrive

do not buy special plant/aquarium light - just get either a cool white (4100K) lamp, or a daylight (5000K) lamp. buy the lamp that has the most lumens - which generally works very fine, and has been used for years with excellent result. do not waste money on fancy lamps because there is absolutely no benefit, except more profit for the store. i assume you are growing seedling - correct?

    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 9:15PM
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halfway(5a)

The best spectrum for vegetative growth tends to be 6500k and the best for flowering / fruiting is 3000k.

As Overdrive said, don't spend the extra on "grow" lights....just find the right spectrum for standard ge or sylvania bulbs.

Here is a link that might be useful: My Indoor Growing Adventure

    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 7:53AM
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jennieboyer(8)

Thank you so much! That's what I was hoping.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 7:48PM
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