What is a t5 fluorescent light?
T5 fluorescent grow lights are regarded as one of the best grow lights for small indoor gardens due to their extreme efficiency. “T” stands for tubular, indicating the shape of the bulb, and “5” indicates that the grow light is 5/8” thick. Similarly, a T8 grow light is 1” thick.
These grow lights are used commonly for seeds, clones, and young plants. Growers love T5 grow lights because they are very stealthy and excel in short, compact grows.
How far should my t5 lights be from my plants?
The ability of growers to keep T5 lights very close to their plants is a reason they are used so often. T5 grow lights do best when hung 6-8” above your plants, but it is important to monitor the canopy for bleaching and burns. If either of these occurs, increase the distance to 12”. After 12”, the plants will not receive adequate light from T5 bulbs since they are less intense.
Choosing the best T5 fluorescent grow light
To find a T5 light ideal for your grow tent or grow room, you need to consider a few things. First, what size do you need? These lights come in sizes ranging from 1-4’. T5 grow lights come with a variety of bulbs, and this is something to consider as well. The fixture itself can hold 1-12 bulbs, and the number you need will depend on how many plants you want to grow.
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