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Post  Missed-Em on 2/3/2013, 3:35 pm

Thinking (seriously) of getting a grow light setup to put in my dark basement. Went to Amazon and they have this seup:

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Buy the selected items together This item: Hydrofarm JSV4 4-Foot Jump Start T5 Gr Remember my Dad doing this 50 yrs ago but ow Light System by Hydrofarm $67.10
Hydrofarm CK64050 Germination Station with Heat Mat by Hydrofarm $24.88
Hydrofarm MTPRTC Digital Thermostat For Heat Mats by Hydrofarm $25.80
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All three $117.78 w/ free shipping. Anyone with experience with it or recommendations? Good deal, bad?
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Post  quiltbea on 2/3/2013, 4:11 pm

Missed 'em.......Too expensive. You can buy 4-ft double track lights for around $20 new and the long daylight bulbs for about $6 a pair.
Put it on a table with bricks or old VHS tapes to raise them and lower them and you've got a simple but effective system. Hang the lights from chains and its even easier.

You can always buy a heat mat separately. I have one.

You do NOT need growlights for seed starting. The plants only need sufficient light to get them started for 3-6 wks and then sunshine takes over the task. Growlights are for growing orchids and other plants indoors year-round.

I got talked into a 2' growlight when I started and that alone cost me nearly $50 on sale. Never again. But that 2-footer works well for my flowering houseplants year round so its been useful.

There are cheaper alternatives that work just as well than what you're considering in your first post. I would suggest you click 'seed starting' in the search box and read more before you go to that expense.
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Post  walshevak on 2/3/2013, 4:59 pm

Check out his tutorial from Josh. I made 2 for my house and my son made one last night. Cheap and easy.

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t9897-made-a-plant-light-stand

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Post  Missed-Em on 2/4/2013, 5:09 pm

Thanks for the responce, made me realize I had a 4 ft light fixture in the shop that rairly gets used. Next question is how to control temps, heat pad I assume only till they sprout, then how do you control it - basement runs about 60* is that OK?
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Post  quiltbea on 2/4/2013, 7:11 pm

Missed'Em.....Looks like you're going to be saving lots of $$$$$. That's what's so good about this forum. You learn so many useful tips from others.

After your seeds germinate on the heat mat, you can move them under the light in a room that avgs 60-62*F. I move mine to our furnace room in the basement that holds steady at that temp. They grow beautifully as you can see here.....

Just keep the light about 1-2" above the top of the plants themselves for 14-16 hrs a day then darkness. As they grow, move the light up further.
To take the picture I moved the light up out of the way.
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