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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.

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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.

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

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