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Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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plantcollector
Dec 11, 2016 4:01 PM CST
I know this question is asked a lot but I found these five fluorescent light fixtures they hold T8 fluorescent light bulbs are the bulbs sufficient to support plant life and do I need to take the plastic covers off the front of them
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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 11, 2016 4:27 PM CST
Yes, but using T8 bulbs, the lights will have to be quite close to the plants. Yes, you should also remove the plastic and let the bare bulbs shine on the plants when using them for grow lights.

Nice find! Now you're going to have to control your urge to start seeds and grow hundreds of baby plants then wonder what the heck to do with them once they're getting big enough to need pots . . . Big Grin
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Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
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RickM
Dec 11, 2016 4:48 PM CST
Heath,
Elaine is quite right. The lights need to be close to the plants. Otherwise, the plants will reach for the light and become leggy. You will want to get 'full spectrum' tubes to put in the fixtures. Regular fluorescent bulbs don' t have the right quality of light that your plants will need.

As far as all of those 'extra' plants you will find yourself starting, you can always have a yard sale in the spring.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Dec 12, 2016 10:07 AM CST
Yep!!! Some grow lites. And some foil to line the reflectors with. Get the most out of your bulbs !!!
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Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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plantcollector
Dec 12, 2016 3:49 PM CST
@dyzzypyxzy,@RichM,@philipwonel
Thanks for the replys. If only they had full spectrum bulbs in them instead of standard I would have hit the jackpot. Those bulbs are expensive. I don't think I'll be starting any seeds they are going to be replacing my current setup for my tropical plants.
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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Dec 12, 2016 10:23 PM CST
You might get by with Natural rather than full spectrum. They are nearly the same, but the former is cheaper. Do not use standard "shop" bulbs. "Grow" bulbs are the most expensive.

You might also look into getting some old warehouse lights. 400 or 500 Watt metal halide. I picked up 2 two years ago with bulbs for 20 $ each. I did a bit of re-wiring. I use that in my grow area above my tropical plants that I move inside.

You can use some chains and eye hooks so that you can lower the fixtures.
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