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A question about types of grow bulbs ...
#95300 March 5th, 2007 at 01:13 PM
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Hello all,
I just picked up a three-tier grow light to start some of my veggie seeds ... but I'm wondering what type of bulb I should use. The instructions call for 40W fluorescent bulbs, which are easy to find, but I'm wondering if the "plant & Aquarium" grow bulbs or the "Natural Sunlight" bulbs would be better. Any thoughts on the matter?

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Frann

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#95301 March 5th, 2007 at 01:57 PM
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The best thing to do is to provide a higher temperature bulb(expressed in degrees K). Say 5500K or greater. The ones that simulate natural sunlight or "daylight" would be better as they provide more of a full spectrum of visible light. These are in the area of 6500K. plant and aquarium bulbs are usually much more expensive and not worth the extra cost, especially if you are only using the lamps to start seedlings.

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#95302 March 5th, 2007 at 03:26 PM
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I'm using the standard fluorescent bulbs and my Romas are growing great--they are now up to about 3 inches tall and will be planted in the garden in about 2 weeks. Can't argue with success!

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#95303 March 6th, 2007 at 03:44 AM
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I use the regular fluorescent tubes and have been for years, they work fine for all my veggie and herb plants.

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#95304 March 6th, 2007 at 12:52 PM
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I've got mine in my east facing window and they are doing great.

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#95305 March 7th, 2007 at 05:02 AM
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Mine are on the patio table in indirect sunlight.

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#95306 March 15th, 2007 at 05:04 PM
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Thanks!


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