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    Definately makes a big difference BM. I use a 5 foot twin tube shop light with ordinary cool white tubes. I can put the seedlings as close as I like to them and they have never been scorched. I dont have a reflector. I bought some cheap hard board in B&Q and painted it matt white and constructed a box to encase the whole thing. Matt white does reflect A LOT better than foil. I did a lot of reading up on it at the time. Very cheap and easy to set up and run. Keep it simple. You'll be amazed at the difference.
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    What do you mean by shop lights redser?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bearded bloke View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    What do you mean by shop lights redser?
    Shop lights are the white flourescent lights as opposed to grow lux or similar which are specifically for plant growth..........I'm assuming here by the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    What do you mean by shop lights redser?
    It's just the normal light fitting you would see everywhere VC, like this ...

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    I went really geeky about the research and would urge anybody to go cheap and simple. You can go to the thin end of the wedge and buy expensive refectors, mylar, cool tubes, warm tubes or even a complete grow light product. But the difference is really minimal if you are raising plants to plant out eventually. I just hang it with thin chains off a length of 2 x 2 suspended between 2 chairs and lean the white washed boards against the sides and on top to keep the light in. B&Q or an electrical wholesalers will have them very cheap. Dont bother with a reflector or lens, just the basic fixture and 2 cool white tubes. And at 5 foot length you get bags of growing space beneath
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigmallly View Post
    Shop lights are the white flourescent lights as opposed to grow lux or similar which are specifically for plant growth..........I'm assuming here by the way.
    If you wanted to go through the whole growth cycle right to harvesting indoors then it might be worth spending the extra cash on grow lux etc. But honestly the cool whites are perfect for vegetive growth. I assume everyone here would want to plant their plants out once the light/weather picks up in May and June. Even with just cool whites I had toms and peppers flower and set fruit before I had a chance to plant them out due to the bad weather last year. btw you could swap the cool whites out for warm lights once flowering begins, if you really wanted to grow indoors 100%.

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    Just to add, I picked up a cheap timer in Lidl. So I just set it to come on for 7 hours each night. Just dampen the compost every once in a while and that's all you have to do

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    Thanks Redser! I have fluorescent light tubes in the workshed and I wondered about using those in some way - then, remembered a work light that lives in a dark cupboard.
    The closest I can find to it is
    Philex 19377R/S Inspection Lamps with Hanging Hook IP44 11W 5m | Screwfix.com but mine is 8w and the light tube is 25cms.
    Might be worth a try for me anyway!!
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