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What do you do when you’re keen to start your own seeds but don’t have that required south-facing windowsill for the light you need to kickstart your seedlings into growing? Well, you’ll need some form of artificial lighting set up (grow lights) indoors. Things to consider when you’re setting up your own DIY grow light kit :

Grow lights – the light intensity

You need enough of it – otherwise you’ll get tall and leggy seedlings. The intensity of light anything gets is generally determined by 2 factors – how high the wattage of the light is and how close you’ve put the light source to the leaves. If you’ve seen any grow light set up, you’d notice that the lighting source is pretty close to the plant (about 3-4 inches away) – so for a start, those regular light bulbs which generate incandescent light just WILL NOT do the job right – they’ll burn the foliage. So pick fluorescent lighting. There are Hight Intensity Discharge (HID) lights on the market not something you’d pick for normal run of the mill lighting in the house unless you intend to blind your visitors, BUT these are perfect for people intending to grow sunshine loving plants like fruit and vegetables.

Grow lights – the duration

Seedlings require 16 hours of light daily (with 8 hours of darkess). So unless you’re going to be turning the lights on and off, get one of those automatic timers – unless you’re one of those meticulous people who never forget, it’s a wise investment.

Grow lights – the color spectrum

Sunlight has a spectrum of red and blue light so you want to mimic this in your grow lights. So when you head out to buy your fluorescent lighting, you’ll need to get the full-spectrum fluorescent bulbs.

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