Great value LED plant lights vs t8 fluorescent bulbs test

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Great value LED plant lights vs t8 fluorescent bulbs test

by Drummer230 » Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:18 pm

I have been growing most of my plants under t8 fluorescent bulbs, but about a month ago at Walmart I found great value led general houseplant led t8 equivalents. I decided to give them a try.

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The ones on the left were grown under the plant bulbs and the ones on the right were grown under the regular t8 fluorescent bulbs for the last month. Don’t pay attention to size, as the experimental plants were smaller to start with. I’m suprised at the coloration difference!

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Re: Great value LED plant lights vs t8 fluorescent bulbs tes

by Dionae » Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:59 pm

Yup, LED is going to kill it everytime. Those are some good looking plants.

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Re: Great value LED plant lights vs t8 fluorescent bulbs tes

by Cross » Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:16 pm

Drummer230 wrote:I have been growing most of my plants under t8 fluorescent bulbs, but about a month ago at Walmart I found great value led general houseplant led t8 equivalents. I decided to give them a try.

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The ones on the left were grown under the plant bulbs and the ones on the right were grown under the regular t8 fluorescent bulbs for the last month. Don’t pay attention to size, as the experimental plants were smaller to start with. I’m suprised at the coloration difference!
Could you find the lightbulbs and post a link?

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Re: Great value LED plant lights vs t8 fluorescent bulbs tes

by Dionae » Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:59 pm

Don't hold me to it but I think he meant Lights of America brand. I have those same led.

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Re: Great value LED plant lights vs t8 fluorescent bulbs tes

by Ping » Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:07 am

Yep LEDs will be the norm soon enough. I've been building my light fixtures with Samsung LED strips for a few months now. A couple bucks more expensive to match the lumen output of a T5HO but the savings in electric, the temperature (this is a huge one I cut about 15F out of my growing space), and the ability to build exactly what you need out weighs the cost.
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Re: Great value LED plant lights vs t8 fluorescent bulbs tes

by optique » Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:08 am

in my town they have the amazon over stock bins everything 1$ they had the nice floodlight style LED grow lights , i would look for it, if they do that kind of thing near you. not sure if it was just a local thing great deal
https://www.foxcarolina.com/news/did-yo ... e8d68.html
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Re: Great value LED plant lights vs t8 fluorescent bulbs tes

by Drummer230 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:51 am

Cross wrote:
Drummer230 wrote:I have been growing most of my plants under t8 fluorescent bulbs, but about a month ago at Walmart I found great value led general houseplant led t8 equivalents. I decided to give them a try.

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The ones on the left were grown under the plant bulbs and the ones on the right were grown under the regular t8 fluorescent bulbs for the last month. Don’t pay attention to size, as the experimental plants were smaller to start with. I’m suprised at the coloration difference!
Could you find the lightbulbs and post a link?

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Here you go:
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Great-Value-LED-Light-Bulb-15-5W-32W-Equivalent-T8-T12-Fluorescent-Lamp-Plant-Light-Non-Dimmable-48-Inches/192095851

I bought the cheapest shop light fixture I could find ($17) and use those bulbs. Eventually I’ll switch all my bulbs to those!

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Re: Great value LED plant lights vs t8 fluorescent bulbs tes

by Copper2 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:31 am

Sarrs don’t color up well under leds. Other CPs do though.
Don’t kill the insects. I need them to feed my plants

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Re: Great value LED plant lights vs t8 fluorescent bulbs tes

by Ping » Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:40 am

Copper2 wrote:Sarrs don’t color up well under leds. Other CPs do though.


I have to disagree with you there. I've been growing some seedlings under LEDs instead of your tradition T5 for some time now and they're getting great coloration. Although, much closer to the LEDs than you'd have to with a T5 but they've been doing just fine. Of course, in a year or so they'll need to be outside getting some rays for their true potential. These pictures were only taken 6 days apart.

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Re: Great value LED plant lights vs t8 fluorescent bulbs tes

by Copper2 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:10 am

I’m growing my seedlings under leds too. However I won’t be doing any culling when they’re under them. I moved a small Dana’s delight from outside to under the led. A new pitcher came up and there is a stark contrast between the old and new pitchers. I left it under for a bit too. After putting it back outside it started getting the fantastic coloring again. And I use Mars hydro
Don’t kill the insects. I need them to feed my plants


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