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Post  countrynaturals on 1/29/2018, 2:42 pm

saganco wrote:And Country - it's SO not spring for most of us - you turkey!!  LOL - don't make us in snow country hunt you down and rub your nose in the snow!  
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Post  countrynaturals on 2/14/2018, 1:45 pm

@sanderson wrote:Photo of your indoor garden?
I am the world's worst for planting seeds inside, then neglecting them, and winding up with leggy sprouts that eventually keel over and die. Same story this year about neglect, but take a look at these seedlings. LED grow lights get half credit for the results. (Beautiful, sunny days in the south-facing window get the rest of the kudos.) This is way beyond the best I've ever done with starting seeds inside.   happy turtle 

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Post  countrynaturals on 8/20/2019, 12:25 pm

I'm at it again -- determined to have a pretty, fun, productive indoor, year-round garden! I've gotten excited, then failed so many times I feel like Charlie Brown and the football. blush 

How about this one?

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Post  RJARPCGP on 8/20/2019, 3:33 pm

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The reduction in electricity costs from using strips or incandescent lamps to me using the LED's should have easily paid for the two LED full spectrum lights I have as they are now two years old and have been used for about five months solid for each of the two years .

Reminds me of when Springfield, Vermont, who is one of the early-users of LED street lights! They had them since 2012 and some were installed in 2011, IIRC, LOL. I, later on, was thinking, "Yikes!" or similar, as they usually mean a severe loss of North American manufacturing jobs, I think my heart sank. No

But in 2018 and 2019, I got LED'ers for indoors where the heart of them, should be made in California. (Soraa)

But LEDs are still much of the time, banned by me, I'm happy with Phillips Alto 48-inch T12s and of course the Phillips Alto II 48-inch T8s. (They're made in U.S.A., people!)
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Post  RJARPCGP on 10/13/2019, 12:28 am

@countrynaturals wrote: blue-painted Walmart regular grow lights.
I'm sorry to post related to an old post, but what do you mean by blue-painted? Do you mean the blue-frosted incandescent light bulbs?
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Post  countrynaturals on 10/13/2019, 10:26 am

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@countrynaturals wrote: blue-painted Walmart regular grow lights.
I'm sorry to post related to an old post, but what do you mean by blue-painted? Do you mean the blue-frosted incandescent light bulbs?
They call them "grow lights" but they're just regular bulbs with a blue coating that peels off after a year. Now that the price of the full-spectrum LED grow lights has come down so dramatically, there's no reason to waste money on the other kind. I'm not sure they're even available any more. They were $6 each. Now you can get the good ones for $8+ for a 2-pack, so it's really a no-brainer.

BTW, never hesitate to bring up an old post. This forum is a goldmine of useful, timeless info. I just learned from (and bumped) a post from 2010. Razz
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Post  RJARPCGP on 10/15/2019, 4:54 pm

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@countrynaturals wrote: blue-painted Walmart regular grow lights.
I'm sorry to post related to an old post, but what do you mean by blue-painted? Do you mean the blue-frosted incandescent light bulbs?
They call them "grow lights" but they're just regular bulbs with a blue coating that peels off after a year. Now that the price of the full-spectrum LED grow lights has come down so dramatically, there's no reason to waste money on the other kind. I'm not sure they're even available any more. They were $6 each. Now you can get the good ones for $8+ for a 2-pack, so it's really a no-brainer.

BTW, never hesitate to bring up an old post. This forum is a goldmine of useful, timeless info. I just learned from (and bumped) a post from 2010. Razz
LED's dirty little secret: The bases get very hot! I assume a combination of the built-in power converter as the power supply for the LEDs and the LEDs themselves!
(This is felt the most on the bases of Edison/American-socket-format-LED-light-bulbs!)
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/15/2019, 8:41 pm

I just have 2 T12 fluorescent lights.  Cheap, I have had them for years...they work fine.  Plants get themselves up and out!  I also add heat....depends
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Post  countrynaturals on 11/3/2019, 2:05 pm

Okay, today's the day! We set the clocks back last night. Today I'm getting the lights set up for my 3rd try at an indoor garden (the first 2 failed). I'm really optimistic this year. (Just call me Charlie Brown.)

The first piece of good news is the price of LED bulbs. The one one the left cost $30, 2 years ago. The one on the right --$8+ plus at Walmart for 2.

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The 2nd piece of good news is that we now have a slider to a south-facing balcony, with a totally unobstructed view of the sun for over 6 hours a day this time of year. happy turtle 
I'll post more pics, later, as I get my plants and seed trays set up. So . . . what is everyone else doing under lights this year?
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