Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Compost for Mel's Mix
by sanderson Today at 3:55 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing February 2017?
by Kelejan Yesterday at 10:10 pm

» Ground Cherries
by elysia Yesterday at 8:36 pm

» Calling all chicken owners
by llama momma Yesterday at 8:27 pm

» Lower South Feb 2017
by mschaef Yesterday at 7:43 pm

» Hello from (near) our nation's capital!
by sfg4uKim Yesterday at 7:31 pm

» Mid-Atl - Mar 2017 - I'm a seed-a-holic
by sfg4uKim Yesterday at 7:29 pm

» My Solar Dehydrator at Work
by newbeone Yesterday at 7:19 pm

» Indoor Seed Starting Info?
by sfg4uKim Yesterday at 6:21 pm

» New SFG not sure where to go this year
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 5:12 pm

» Oh Baby it's getting HOT Outside
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 4:59 pm

» Cauliflower
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 4:56 pm

» My name is boffer, and I'm a juicer.
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 4:45 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 4:39 pm

» Hello from DFW
by RC3291 Yesterday at 12:26 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by Mellen Yesterday at 12:10 pm

» So. California & Inland Valleys -March / April Planting Guide
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:32 am

» Happy Birthday!!
by Kelejan Yesterday at 11:21 am

» How to save ground cherry harvest???
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:13 am

» Hello from Pottstown, PA
by newbeone Yesterday at 7:46 am

» Advice and Preparations for Sweet Potatoes in Wisconsin
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:25 am

» February 2017 Avatar: Time to Wake Up!
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 12:17 am

» Bare Root Fruit Trees
by countrynaturals 2/25/2017, 7:13 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania, 3rd year SFG
by BeetlesPerSqFt 2/25/2017, 6:12 pm

» Invasive Tree Roots - Very important topic for newbies.
by sanderson 2/25/2017, 4:25 pm

» Winter Gardens - Photos
by BeetlesPerSqFt 2/25/2017, 12:45 pm

» Turan in the Western Mountains
by Turan 2/25/2017, 12:23 pm

» One Very Happy Earthworm!
by countrynaturals 2/25/2017, 11:14 am

» My experiences with commercial cedar raised beds
by ralitaco 2/25/2017, 11:06 am

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by sanderson 2/25/2017, 3:18 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

Seed starting lighting question--HELP!

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Seed starting lighting question--HELP!

Post  Scorpio Rising on 12/16/2015, 3:26 pm

With my Christmas present sitting in my cart on Amazon, a 5 shelf unit, I had chosen 4 fluorescent light fixtures to hang under the shelves.  What bulbs should I use?  Fluorescent T8s, or do you need grow lights or the more expensive LEDs?  I don't want to go broke, some of the archives hint that plain fluorescent bulbs are just fine....

Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 4180
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 55
Location : Ada, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed starting lighting question--HELP!

Post  yolos on 12/16/2015, 5:05 pm

I have consistently read on the internet that the best bang for the buck are T-8's.  You do not want to buy T-12's.  The T-5 bulb is said to be better if you are doing more than seed starting.  But for just seed starting, I use T-8's.  The new Aerogarden I just bought has a 45 watt LED.  But from what I have read, you do not need the LED unless you are trying to grow the plant inside instead of just starting seeds.  I also just bought a Jump Start light system with a 2 foot T-5 to grow my microgreens.  But I really don't know whether it is any better for seed starting than the T-8.

Somewhere on this site is the thread that Slimboleen (??sp??) put together to show his lighting system.  If you can find it, it mentions the brand of T-8 fixture and the bulbs that he recommends.

yolos

Female Posts : 2965
Join date : 2011-11-20
Age : 67
Location : Brooks, Ga Zone 7B/8A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed starting lighting question--HELP!

Post  Scorpio Rising on 12/16/2015, 5:08 pm

I will snoop some more in the archives. Thanks for your input, yolos!

Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 4180
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 55
Location : Ada, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed starting lighting question--HELP!

Post  yolos on 12/16/2015, 5:09 pm

Here is the thread I was talking about.  Slim's comments start on page 3 but the rest of the thread is a good read.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t9532p32-stands-for-grow-lights

yolos

Female Posts : 2965
Join date : 2011-11-20
Age : 67
Location : Brooks, Ga Zone 7B/8A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed starting lighting question--HELP!

Post  quiltbea on 12/16/2015, 6:05 pm

For starting seed I bought the inexpensive 'Daylight' bulbs and kept them on 16-18 hrs a day.  All my seeds started just fine.

quiltbea

Female Posts : 4618
Join date : 2010-03-21
Age : 74
Location : Southwestern Maine Zone 5A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed starting lighting question--HELP!

Post  jimmy cee on 12/16/2015, 7:47 pm

2 years ago I used T-12s
Last year I made up another set, only used T 8s
Both seemed to work equally well..
I went with T-8s because of T-12s  being phased out in the future.
Only item needed to change T-12 to T-8s is the ballast.
1 ballast is almost equal to a new set of T-8s including the fixture.
I dno't think those special grow lights are needed once you get the hang of it..
Lights must be almost touching the plants...




all with T-12s

jimmy cee

Certified SFG Instructor

Male Posts : 1891
Join date : 2013-02-16
Age : 81
Location : Indiana PA....zone 5

View user profile http://www.jcjigs.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed starting lighting question--HELP!

Post  Scorpio Rising on 12/16/2015, 10:11 pm

The hospital where I work changed all our T12s to T8s a couple years ago, so I knew they were phasing them out. I think the mistake I made in the distant past when I tried a couple times to start seeds was getting good germination, and not getting the lights close enough to the seedlings. The photos you guys have on here have been invaluable!

Thanks, guys! (in the gender-neutral, midwestern vernacular usage of the term)

Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 4180
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 55
Location : Ada, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed starting lighting question--HELP!

Post  sanderson on 12/17/2015, 1:49 am

T-8 shop lights work just fine for seedlings.

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast

sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 12920
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed starting lighting question--HELP!

Post  Scorpio Rising on 12/17/2015, 7:39 am

@sanderson wrote:T-8 shop lights work just fine for seedlings.

That is what I am getting! Thanks again!

Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 4180
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 55
Location : Ada, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed starting lighting question--HELP!

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum