plant lights - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by weinberg69
January 16, 2011
I am confused w/ the conflicting info I read. I currently have a screw- in bulb plant light. It puts out heat.I read that a fluorescent doesn't. True? Also, do I need a 'Plant light' or any bulb, fluorescent or otherwise?

Answer from NGA
January 16, 2011
Choosing lights can be confusing. You're right, incandescent lights put out too much heat and can burn the leaves of your plants. There are 'gro-light' types of bulbs but they can be expensive. I use fluorescent lights for supplemental light in the wintertime for my indoor plants. These are cool to the touch and be placed only 2-3 inches above the foliage of plants without concern about burning. There are both cool-white and warm-white fluorescent bulbs. I use one of each in a shoplight (hooded fixture) to give my plants the full-spectrum of light waves so they grow well. Shop lights come with chains for easy hanging. They aren't the most attractive of light fixtures but they sure do a good job of providing supplemental light. Hope this information helps you choose just the right lighting for your plants.

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