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Is this light right

Kayra.hKayra.h Posts: 4
edited April 2018 in Plants
I have 6 plants that are growing fruits and vegetables.As you would know here in England we don’t get a lot of sunlight ,so I was looking and I saw my old fish tank that has a light on top.I have no idea about lights and all of that so I’m not sure if I can use it as a grow station thing.the lights are the long ones.

can it work?


  • LynLyn Posts: 21,955
    Mother Nature supplies the right light at the right time, just sow your seeds according the packet, they will grow. 
    Ive never had propagator or lights, I grow thousands of plants from seeds. 

    That is unless you are growing on a grand commercial scale where you will be growing  ing out of season fruit and veg,  or tropical plants. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,313
    Yes, your light will provide the right light spectrum for your plants. As to whether it's powerful enough is another matter. The tube should have a reflector and be about 3-4" above the top of your plants.
    But, as said above, the sun is now much stronger and is a far better (and cheaper) option than a grolux tube
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Kayra.hKayra.h Posts: 4
    Okay, thankyou for help
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,954
    This year I've bought myself a single bulb grow light, as 'nature' has not blessed me with a south facing window.  It's really helped to keep my tomato seedlings from going leggy (a past problem on my west facing bay window).  I just move the seedlings around underneath so they get a turn every other day.  The natural sunlight plus the grow light has worked a treat.  If you already have the bulb, consider putting it in a clip on reading lamp or something else that you can suspend above your little plants.  
    Utah, USA.
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,966
    Didn't we have a similar query a while back, and it turned out that the lights designed for aquariums aren't suitable for plants because the colour spectrum of the light doesn't allow the development of chlorophyll ... while this is good in aquariums as it avoids the development of algae, it's not right for plants.

    Or did I read it somewhere or imagine it?  :/

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,313
    Aquarium plants and garden plants aren't too fussy about the exact spectrum. Red and Blue are the most useful. Green is not used and is reflected which is why leaves are green.
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
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