Do Grow Lights Require a Special Fixture?

October 6, 2009

florescent light graphicI have plant light bulbs, but do I need a special fixture to put them in to be safely turned on 24x7 for indoor light for the winter months? If so, how do I make this fixture. I can do amateur wiring.


Thank you kindly.

Hardiness Zone: 6b

By Rhonda Mechtly from Newville, PA


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October 8, 20090 found this helpful
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No, any lamp will do. Preferably one that you can angle down though. But you don't want to leave it on 24/7. Plants need their dark time too. The easiest thing to do is to put the lamp on a timer set to go on and off at the times when the sun is rising and setting in your area. Also don't put the lamp too close to the plants. Put it at least 10-12 inches away.
Also remember to suspend feeding them plant food this time of year, too, till spring. They need the rest from the food.

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October 10, 20090 found this helpful
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My husband does all his annuals inside every winter, we just bought a grow light bulb at Lowe's and then a contractor's clamp on lamp to put the bulb in to meet the wattage of the bulbs. Then we just clamp them onto the rafters in our basement where he starts the seeds, and they have to be about 12 inches above the plants.

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March 24, 20110 found this helpful
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As long as the fixture is rated for the wattage of the bulb. I'm assuming your referring to the plant incandescent bulbs?
It would be more efficient to obtain the grow UV lamps for a 4' florescent fixture.


You can then mount the fixture, to a board slightly larger than your fixture. With some screw eyes, rope, and pulleys you can suspend the fixture over your seedlings. Then raise the unit as the plants mature.

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October 9, 20091 found this helpful

Can fluorescent lights (the long tube type) be used as grow lights?

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