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Arcticnight
Nov 17, 2017 10:04 AM CST
With winter on the way I transplanted some tomato plants indoors. They are doing well now but I know I will need a grow light soon as daylight hours are shortening. Any advice on which is the best? Thanks
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 17, 2017 10:24 AM CST
For more than one plant, get a fluorescent light fixture that you can raise and lower (don't screw it to the ceiling). This is so you can keep it close to the plants. Buy the "sunlight" bulbs or bulbs that say they are for plants. This will be the least expensive option for large plants like tomatoes.

The fancy "spectrum" LED lights can be really expensive and you'd need two or 3 of them for more than one tomato plant.
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Name: greene
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greene
Nov 17, 2017 2:22 PM CST
My plants (the ones I bring in for the winter) responded very well to a shop lite like this:
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Co...

Just came back from Home Depot with two of these: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Li...

Both are LED and the less expensive ones have slightly fewer lumens, but since I was able to purchase two for less than what I paid for the first one, I think the plants will be okay with that. Thumbs up
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Arcticnight
Nov 17, 2017 2:48 PM CST
Thank you both very much
Name: greene
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greene
Nov 20, 2017 6:10 PM CST
I need to add new information.

First of all, the less expensive lights do not have an on/off switch or pull chain. They need to be either unplugged to shut them off or I could plug them into a power strip and control the power that way. Still, it is less than 1/3 the price of my original light.

Second...whew!!! The sweet potato plants have taken off like wildfire under this new light. I cannot explain why, but for sure, I will buy more of these less expensive lights. Thumbs up
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DaisyI
Nov 20, 2017 6:57 PM CST
I use timers on my grow lights. Then I don't have to be a responsible adult who remembers to turn the lights on and off. Just make sure you get a timer with a 3-prong socket if your grow lights have a 3-prong plug.
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