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Post  mrwes40 on 4/22/2012, 8:45 am

I have a standard 4' shop light that I want to convert and use as a grow light. Pretty sure it has the old magnetic ballast. I was considering buying a couple of T-12s to use, the GE Plant tubes. Are these sufficient? From what I understand T-5s are better, but I don't want to upgrade the ballast to electronic.

Any thoughts or recommendations?

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Post  camprn on 4/22/2012, 8:49 am

I use a 'full spectrum' or 'daylight' tubes for the old shop light. Very Happy sunny

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Post  mrwes40 on 4/22/2012, 12:31 pm

@camprn wrote:I use a 'full spectrum' or 'daylight' tubes for the old shop light. Very Happy sunny

I ended up going with one daylight and one plant/aquarium light tube. Potted up my tomatoes, peppers should be ready in another week or two.

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Post  TN_GARDENER on 4/25/2012, 7:20 am

@mrwes40 wrote:
@camprn wrote:I use a 'full spectrum' or 'daylight' tubes for the old shop light. Very Happy sunny

I ended up going with one daylight and one plant/aquarium light tube. Potted up my tomatoes, peppers should be ready in another week or two.

Bill


Looks like the Topsy Turvy tomato folks are now making seed starter packs. Very Happy

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Post  Debora Cadene on 4/25/2012, 7:56 am

How long before you can take your tomatoes from under the lights and mabey put them into the sunbeams in the house?.....or can you do that???
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Post  mrwes40 on 4/26/2012, 5:42 pm

@TN_GARDENER wrote:
@mrwes40 wrote:
@camprn wrote:I use a 'full spectrum' or 'daylight' tubes for the old shop light. Very Happy sunny

I ended up going with one daylight and one plant/aquarium light tube. Potted up my tomatoes, peppers should be ready in another week or two.

Bill

Yah...weird aye? Certainly wasn't the view I had when I took the shot with my iPhone...heh.

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