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Monios-L T8 LED Grow Light 2FT, 144W(6×24W) High Output Plant Grow Light Strip, Full Spectrum Sunlight Replacement with High PAR for Indoor Plant, 6-Pack [link]
These ones are the best ones I’ve found. Doesn’t make your space look like you’re obviously growing weed since it’s white light lol and doesn’t give off a ton of heat which burns my plants. Also I like that the bulbs are curved and have 3 led strips per light so I have more versatility in my set up.
I find my mood is wayyyy better with plants around. I think this works the same as a SAD light too (which I also have) so I’m interested to see how it will work in the winter
No not these ones. Try these ones instead. I prefer the T8’s.
They are from amazon, the brand is Monios. Seem to have good reviews, and was within a fair price range without being the cheapest
Monios-L T8 LED Grow Light 2FT, 144W(6×24W) High Output Plant Grow Light Strip, Full Spectrum Sunlight Replacement with Reflectors for Indoor Plant, [link]
They aren’t red/blue, so full spectrum, I guess? I got them on Amazon. Nothing fancy, but they seem to do the job!
Monios-L T8 LED Grow Light 2FT, 144W(6×24W) High Output Plant Grow Light Strip, Full Spectrum Sunlight Replacement with Reflectors for Indoor Plant, 6-Pack [link]
I have almost nothing but begonias now, but I keep almost all of them under grow lights. They do really well. If anything I prefer doing it this way since I don't have to worry about stuffing as many as possible in front of the windows, I can put them wherever I want.
Personally I've tried a few kinds of lights, strip/bar type are my favorites but I also have used the ones with bendy gooseneck lights, and just regular shop lights. These are the LED strip lights I use most, I've found that for low light plants (the more sensitive species begonias in particular) these were too bright so I switched some out for shop lights instead, but for the plants you have they should work fine. Whatever lights you use, you'll probably need to double up on them on each shelf for your succulents since they have high light needs.
I use these, also from amazon. I'm sure there's probably better out there, but these work really well for me. I believe mine are on for 12 hours a day. You can double them up on each shelf too if you want.
[link] are the lights I use, tho I truly can’t attest to whether how great they do or don’t work as ever since I’ve used them it’s been paired with a few hours of indirect or partial direct sun. Tho I feel they must do something since I’ve had my plants getting indirect sunlight through tinted glass doors.
These probably won't fit on that particular shelf you have set up, but they're my top favorite grow lights out of maybe 4 different kinds I've tried. They also come with both sticky pads and screws(and hooks/zip ties for wire shelves) and all work well, in my experience. I didn't think the sticky pads would be able to withstand how warm the top of the lights get, but man I found out otherwise when I tried to take them back off.
Perhaps one or two of these lights. I'm sure you can find a similar 2 pack. Budget-friendly, should take care of a few houseplants in that spot.
(You can choose to use only 2 of that 6-pack but they only come with one power supply, so the rest would be useless unless you rigged them very close by.)
This is the second flower I’ve seen it bloom. The first one had already sprouted so it was obviously already doing well. Besides that’s I have have my whole collection under grow lights from amazon ([link]), water them once a month or when the the dirt is super dry, and dry them outside or with a fan after they have been watered.
I use these guys for my plant racks and they all grow like crazy:
Overkill for all but the biggest aquarium but that should give you an idea what spectrum to look for.
I am using grow lights from Amazon [link]
I used the old version without reflectors last year. The reflectors seem to help concentrate the light a bit more. Last year, my tomatoes got a bit leggy but I think that was because I didn’t have them close enough in the beginning. All of my other plants did well and I currently have some lisianthus, lavender, and geranium seedlings under them that are looking great so far.
These are the lights I use! But cold stress is a big part of the color. Most of my succulents are in my enclosed, but not heated, sun porch.
They’re just something from Amazon. I don’t know if they meet all of the recommended specs, but they seem to get the job done!
Thanks! I recently just bought a large grow tent so I will be expanding this grow shelf haha. This shelf will not become my micro greens shelf.
As for the lights I got them off amazon. They are T8 led bars. T10 would be even better but honestly these plants have exploded since I have them under the lights for 12 hr on /12 off.
Here's the link
I use these. Work great for succulents, won't have to worry about them getting etiolated under these since they're brighter than Satan's asshole. They do not have a built in timer though so I'd consider getting a timer you can plug them into. Super easy to hang, they come with clips and zip ties so you can attach them right to the bars - I actually have several of this same shelf you have, too. Just make sure the metal tops of the lights don't touch the plastic on that very top shelf, the metal gets somewhat warm.
These are the ones I use in my greenhouse shelves, probably the same type you have even. I couldn't be happier with them, they work perfectly. They're very strong lights though so I'd be careful putting low light plants in there.
These are my top favorite. I've tried several different kinds with the bendy arms that you clip to the edge of a shelf/desk, and they work fine but not near as well as these bar lights do. You just have to be careful using them with low light plants like calathea, ferns, caladiums etc. because they're so strong.
Something like these, perhaps. You just need to create a hanging stand, since you're not mounting on shelves. I've built plenty of light hangers from PVC & elbows or spare lumber for minor cost.
Not great lights but better, and covering more square area, which is what you want to do.
Not sure if you're a visual person, but if you could imagine creating 2PVC rails and hanging these lamps between them above the plants, perpendicular to the rails. Using PVC and elbows to make the stand, it easily collapses and goes away in the off season.
Just realized this isn’t OPs actual post. Here’s the original OPs answer:
You could use them for tropical plants, or seed starting if you do any of that. The light doesn't have to be as close/bright in those applications. Personally I hate the color. It might be efficient for photosynthesis, but it's hard on the eyes. I wouldn't use them anywhere except a closed room, zippered mylar grow tent, etc. Plus, I find that succulents keep their color a lot better under full-spectrum lights, compared to red-blue. These are probably my favorite so far.
I just got these off amazon. I chose them based off reviews that people had good results with their succulents. Monios-L T8 LED Grow Light 2FT, 144W(6×24W) High Output Plant Grow Light Strip, Full Spectrum Sunlight Replacement with Reflectors for Indoor Plant, 6-Pack [link]
I’m a broke college student too! 😂 I have these from amazon ([link]) and they seem o work pretty well, allowed me to move some of my plants away from the one window I own lol. For shelves,can you safely stack a shelving unit on top of what you currently have against that wall? I can’t really tell what it is from the photo.
Not at all! I bought them on Amazon: [link]?
I have a set of modular shelves and mounted the grow lights underneath them. For some plants that need more light, I mounted two. For plants that needed less, I just used one.
I have them plugged into a power strip with a built-in timer, so they go on at 8:30am and stay on for 12 hours.
The lights get warm, but not super hot like the one T5 fixture I have.
I’ve tried a number of different kinds of LEDs, and I like that these have a hard switch that you can flip on and off. Some have buttons to select brightness and the length of time you want to have the light on, but I found it to be a bit of a bother to do every morning, and they don’t work with an external timer like the one I’m using.
I do find that they’re a bit on the yellow side; I wish they were a more pure white. But as I said before, my plants seem to be doing well so perhaps it isn’t as big a deal as I thought. I have a jade plant growing under one and it is nice and compact with healthy leaves. I also started tomato, basil, cilantro, and snapdragon seeds under the lights earlier this spring and they grew into really healthy little plants - no sickly foliage or etiolation. I consider that a win!
Lights - [link]
The lights had really good reviews & I've used the hooks for other projects before and they work great! If you end up getting the lights, make sure you remove the almost completely invisible film that's covering them!
Monios-L T8 LED Grow Light 2FT,... [link]
I got the pegboard and shelves from IKEA and these are my grow lights!
i have her under 2 of these grow lights for about 12-14 hrs a day, these honestly saved my succulents LOL the cold and the west coast fires a few months back almost killed them 😬
Plants placed under a grow light need about 16 hours of light since it isn't as strong as the light from the sun, but they also need about 8 hours of darkness for their night cycle. Artificial lights that emit 2700k to 6500k provide the full spectrum for photosynthesis in a white-ish color, and the lights I linked are 2900k, a bit more on the yellowish side.
I also have a room humidifier that keeps the relative humidity 40%-60%. It's a bit of work but having the right kind of indoor environment will set up your plants for success! I pamper my babies and they've been thriving so far.
These. Currently $65, was $60 when I paid for them.
Not OP (looks like he/she has a comment on another post with the link), but I just ordered these on sale from Amazon. Got the recommendation from this post. We’ll see how they work!
This is basically going to by my winter setup this year, and it will move from the balcony to just inside the door. I will add a second one of those LED strip lights and move the shelf to about 6'' away, give or take. I have tried similar setups in the past, and can never achieve sun coloration (stress colors) indoors under mostly artificial light.
Has anyone been able to do this? Is it only a matter of brightness? I also have an idea that the missing element could be UV light (since other succulents 'color up' as a means of protecting their selves from UV light damage). Would adding a strip of UV light such as these make any difference?
I got these on amazon! I saw them from another user on reddit. My plants love them!
Monios-L T8 LED Grow Light 2FT,... [link]
These are the grow lights!
Yes these: [link]
If I did it again I might spring for quantum boards strips so I can have more distance and more room to work. But those come at a steep price.
Different commenter, but I bought these Monios-L lights based on another recommendation here. I’m pleased with them, but a couple notes:
I am looking for a desk-type lamp to provide some supplemental light elsewhere, but I’m pretty sure any LED bulb can be used if it has a strong enough brightness.
here you go
If you are really into growing or plan to expand, here is what I got about a year ago.
Set of six. 24inch T8 LEDs. They come with clips for mounting and plenty of cords to daisy chain together. They are lightweight and being LED will last forever. You buy some lightweight chain at Home Depot for a few dollars if you want to make them hang lower and closer. Their energy cost is miniscule and they put off very little heat. I have them mounted on the undersides of a wire rack like this one, but you can craft all sorts of things to mount them to.
At around $11 a piece you can't go wrong.
These are the ones I use. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QFPBQDR/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
According to amazon I've bought 11 full sets now (7 of the 2ft, 4 of the 4ft) so I can confirm they do work really well lol. I also use wire shelves like this so you're able to just zip tie them to the bars and then connect them all together (for the 2ft bars you can connect up to 6 lights on one outlet cord, for the 4ft lights you can do 4 on each).
They're T8 grow lights! I got them from Amazon.
Link for the lights [link]
I just bought the 4ft version of these: [link]
Just set them up and they work great. Very lightweight and bright. They make a pink version [link]
Just these cheap LED strips [link]
I use these. Easy to use, easy to hang up. Brighter than Satan's asshole. Takes some experimenting to find the sweet spot for some plants in terms of how long to leave them on though.
I use these for almost all of my plants, succulents included. You can check the reviews for some other succulent owners too, they work really well.
The brighter the better. I use these for almost all of my plants, couldn't be happier.
You can see that one light is dull, I have to call and see if I can get it replaced.
I bought them based on a recommendation of another redditor from a previous post I made asking for recommendations, that post tho i can’t yet really attest to weather they work or not, the reviews were good and they had a CRI rating above 96, they’re exactly what I wanted and they came with SiX lights the lights (Edit)
I read from someone else on this reddit that this one is the best they’ve found
Upgraded to these full-spectrum lights and I love them. Working really well, had them for almost six months are my succulents are doing really well!
These are the ones I use. I’ve bought 3 sets and they’re all in use, and I love them. They come with multiple different hardware options to hang them on your shelves, too.
I’m using these with my IKEA Milsbo glass cabinet that I turned into a greenhouse and they work great.
I will say that the 3m tape will not last so I’ve had to use twine to hold them.
Yea!! here ya go!
Here’s the grow light I bought from amazon: [link]
Oh no worries!!! Amazon!!
I have used three different types, currently have two in use. Here's my setup:
Both the top clip-on lights and the lights under them work really well. I just don't have good natural light or the space in my home for plants near the windows, which is why I went with the lights. I was using some blue/red spectrum lights previously, but I just didn't like the purple light they emitted, so I went with full spectrum, white lights. However, the blue/red (purple light) and full spectrum (white) both work equally well, imo.
All lights were purchased off Amazon, which has tons of choices for lights. Here's what I currently use:
Grow lights, even the smaller clip-on type, will def keep your succulents from getting etiolated, but I found once I added grow lights to the mix, my obsession really exploded, so beware!
I got some from amazon and they work really well. I also use the purple ones made by the same company.
Monios-L T8 LED Grow Light 2FT, 144W(6×24W) High Output Plant Grow Light Strip, Full Spectrum Sunlight Replacement with High PAR for Indoor Plant, 6-Pack