Tips on Using Fluorescent Lights

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Tips
on Using Fluorescent Lights

These
lights are recommended for starting seeds and
cuttings. They are also popular for growing herbs
and other low-light plants like African Violets.
Fluorescent lights are “low intensity”
and need to be within 6″ x 8″ of the
plants to be effective.

Application

Lamp
Watts in Sq. Ft.

Lamp
Height Above Plant Tops

Bulb
Type

Germination

10

6″
– 8″

Standard

Shade
Loving Plants

15

12″
– 15″

Standard

Sun
Loving Plants

20

12″
– 15″

Full
Spectrum

Length
of Lighting Time (Photoperiod):

Starting
seedlings and cuttings: 16 hours; 20 hours max.

  • Short-day
    plants: 10 – 13 hours
  • Long-day
    plants: 14 – 18 hours
  • Day neutral:
    12 – 18 hours

(Caution:
Inexpensive “shop lites” can greatly
shorten tube life.)


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