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Matt_from_Pittsburgh

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Hey everybody. Most of my trees came out of dormancy a few months ahead of schedule.  I'm looking for a decent but not too expensive grow light to keep them alive until the spring. I'm leaning toward LED and I need a light or a set of lights that can light up about a 5x5 area. Anyone have any recommendations as to products and/or vendors? I'm having a hard time finding relevant reviews online. Thanks!

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Seriously?  For almost a decade of seeding and indoor growing, I've been using 4' dual-light fixtures that cost $9.75 at Home Depot.  Just add (2) Plant & Aquarium bulbs and you're good to go.

Home Depot's SKU on the light fixture is 419-234, you can order online or pick up in the store, they usually have pallets full of them over in the lighting section. The package is red and white, and trapezoid-shaped. It's made by Lithonia. Uses (2) 40w T12 (1/5" diameter) bulbs. The "Plant & Aquarium" style of bulbs supply appropriate light spectrum for plants.

You don't need to get fancy. 

Let me try and dig up some pics of my seeding and rooting rack.

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Oh, I'm serious. Thanks for the advice.

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Here are pics of my trusty growing rack in the basement.

I have everything tied to a regular timer like what you get in the lighting section ($12?).  If you have a ton of fixtures, you can just put the power strip on the timer and wire the fixtures to the power strip.

I do two light fixtures per rack.  They're on chains draped from eye-hooks, using cheapy chain and S-hooks from the hardware section.  This way I can keep the lights less than an inch off the top leaves, both for heat and light saturation.

I run my timer on 20 hours on, 4 hour off for veggie seedlings.  I run 18 on / 6 off for cuttings. 

Here are pictures.  If you need closeups of anything, let me know.  I'm happy to snap some off.  These are crappy Blackberry photos.






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That's the set-up I used also, Jason. Worked great. I don't get the whole LED fad. Very expensive and won't at least plant the seeds for you. lol. I also used aluminum foil on the top and back wall to reflect towards the seedlings.


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