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    Hi all,
    Been sometime since I posted and in that time I have moved from the far north of Scotland to South Yorkshire. Too windy.

    Anyway, my question is has anyone used LED floodlights to help bring on their seedlings?

    LED technology has moved on considerably in the last few years. Looking at a 30 watt, 2100 lumens, IP65 daylight floodlight at Screwfix for 20.
    Sometimes you just have to scratch that itch and get dirt under your finger nails.

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    It's about the colour of the light and not just the lumens, have a google to see what band growing lights like mercury vapour or metal halide are then cross reference with the leds.

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    Hi Bernie,
    You’re right colour is a factor. Used LEDs and CFLs in grove tent while living Caithness.
    The floodlight I’m thinking of getting state it’s daylight, colour temperature is 5700 K. So towards the blue end and seams to be good foe veg growth.

    Just wanted to know if anyone had used a floodlight foe seedlings and what was their experience.
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    Dead Dogs - My experiments with different types of grow stations and set ups last year can be found here Alans Allotment: Grow Stations

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cadalot View Post
    Dead Dogs - My experiments with different types of grow stations and set ups last year can be found here Alans Allotment: Grow Stations
    Thanks Cadalot
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    Decided to get a couple of these,

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/r.html?C...il_TE_AMZLdp_1

    Cheap as chip at 12.39 each and free shipping.
    Sometimes you just have to scratch that itch and get dirt under your finger nails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dead Dogs View Post
    Hi Bernie,
    You’re right colour is a factor. Used LEDs and CFLs in grove tent while living Caithness.
    The floodlight I’m thinking of getting state it’s daylight, colour temperature is 5700 K. So towards the blue end and seams to be good foe veg growth.

    Just wanted to know if anyone had used a floodlight foe seedlings and what was their experience.
    I did a lot of googling DD..seems to me that Light and lots of it is the main criteria,Yes the red/Pink/Warm whites are good for /Needed for flowering plants.
    daylight/cool white, Blue light is for Vegetation.
    Crucial IMO to get enough total light and then mix in some colour accordingly, depending on what you grow.
    I mix mine 50/50, just cos its easy, ie 1 bulb cool white, 1 Bulb warm.
    It seems to work, but time will tell/.
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    There was a tv program a few years back, might have been Huge Fearlessly Eats it all, they were visiting crofters in the Northern Isles, someone was growing winter greens under blue lights(actinic I think),seems their crops grew really well, I've never tried growing plants this way. I did many years ago have a Marine fish tank set up with corals and invertebrates, they survived with a Mercury Vapour lamp, but thrived with Metal Halide lamps.

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