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Grow Lights???

Posted by Deva33 5... southeast Iowa (My Page) on
Sat, Mar 8, 14 at 13:15

Hello all,

I live in a small 2 bedroom apartment and do not have a south facing window. The best I have is a SE window, but the next apartment building is about 10 feet away, so I don't get as much full sunlight as my succulents would like. Therefore, I am considering a grow light. I also want to try to grow tomatoes and herbs so I think I will need a grow light for that. Has anyone had luck with grow lights? Even if its just to supplement the indirect sunlight.


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RE: Grow Lights???

  • Posted by avil none (My Page) on
    Sun, Mar 9, 14 at 1:12

This is not an official grow light but it is an easy and quick fix for small plants like succulents.

They are $8 at HomeDepot and it's a full 200 watts at 6500k. It's a big bulb at 5 inches but it should fit in any lamp fixture or reflector.

CFL bulb - very little heat.

Not perfect but a quick $8 fix.

RE: Grow Lights???

  • Posted by Deva33 5... southeast Iowa (My Page) on
    Sun, Mar 9, 14 at 17:14

cool. Thanks for the tip!

RE: Grow Lights???

I used some light for my succulents this winter. Still in a south facing window but with a little added light and it definitely made a difference. Plants growing up instead of toward the window and more compact. Still not the sun but it definitely helped. The lights can be obtained cheaply like the suggestion above. You really don't need anything more advanced than some kind of regular fluorescent fixture "shop lights" which you can get at any big box store or hardware place.

RE: Grow Lights???

I have only NE or SW facing windows. I want to get some grow lights for a table. It has to be white suspending by chain or a stand alone. However, I can't find one in 24" 4 bulb or 36". I also don't know what wattages I need. Some say 20 watts. Then the T-5's are all in black. Does anyone have a good source? Thanks for your help!

RE: Grow Lights???

I bought this one for work. I sit in an office that gets no natural light, seems to work ok for 3.99

I want to try this one for 19.99.

I'll prob try the $8 Home Depot bulb first, see how that works out. Thx for the tip avil. :)

Here's a link at lamps plus that has other options.

This post was edited by chicagardens on Sat, May 10, 14 at 9:00

RE: Grow Lights???

Thanks but I have 45 succulents on a 36" table. Do you think one bulb will do all of that?

RE: Grow Lights???

I used to have a 48" T8 shop lights on my tank, I upgraded to leds so Im using one fixture for my suc and cacti. My aloes have gone red. So yea, a light fixture will go along way but honestly I dont have much experience. It was my first time using the fixture and it was during winter when plants dont grow much or at all.

RE: Grow Lights???

NameTaken, Are you saying I can cover all 45 succulents on one bulb? or that I need the 48" fixture for as many as I have?

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