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May 1, 2018 8:54 PM CST
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Hi everyone,

I recently purchased a 2' T5 growlight with reflector. I'm liking it for my plants, but it occurred to me that it might actually give off dangerous UV radiation. Since my family has a dark history of cancer, I would prefer to err on the side of caution.

Does anyone know if these full-spectrum lights give off UVA or UVB radiation?

Thanks in advance for any help.
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May 1, 2018 9:18 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Yes! But the manufacturers insist the UV radiation is at safe levels. I wouldn't stand under your lights for too long. On the other hand, the sun gives off more.
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May 1, 2018 9:23 PM CST
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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DaisyI said:Yes! But the manufacturers insist the UV radiation is at safe levels. I wouldn't stand under your lights for too long. On the other hand, the sun gives off more.


Yeah, how can anyone know what's safe for any one person? I just placed it over my sink. I can just turn it off when I'm working there I guess....

This might be a silly question, but does the radiation stay put? i.e., if you're not in the light, does the radiation affect you?
You don't kick walls down, you pull the nails out and let them fall.
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May 1, 2018 9:27 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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No. Think of it as a mini-sun hanging over your sink. Unless you spend a lot more time at your kitchen sink then I do, I think you are safe. If you are worried, apply copious amounts of sun block before doing dishes. Smiling
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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May 1, 2018 9:57 PM CST
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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DaisyI said:No. Think of it as a mini-sun hanging over your sink. Unless you spend a lot more time at your kitchen sink then I do, I think you are safe. If you are worried, apply copious amounts of sun block before doing dishes. Smiling


Thanks Daisy.
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