Vegetable gro-lites versus shop lites

Asked January 28, 2016, 7:11 PM EST

I have decided to start my own vegetables seeds this year from seeds. Focusing on tomatoes, peppers and herbs. I have several existing shop lights that can be raised and lowered. Will these lights provide the wavelengths these vegetables need to grow without becoming leggy? Gro-lights are an additional cost that i would like not to incur. But if the benefits are significantly higher will provide. Can one grow light in each shop light be adequate? Each shop light has two lights. I have heating mats already. The trays will be an area that is around 60 degrees. The trays will not be close to a continuous natural light source.

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

The 40 watt fluorescent bulb used in shop lights is adequate to get transplants started as long as the light is kept 2" above the plants. The t-8 fluorescent bulb will put out more light but does require the added cost of the fixture.. What does make sense is, is to use one gro-light and one standard 40 watt tube.