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Grow Lighting for Aquaponics Part 2 - Fluorescents

Sylvia Bernstein of The Aquaponic Source breaks down the pros and cons of using fluorescent lights in your aquaponic system. For more information on fluoresc...

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Comment by Alex Veidel on December 18, 2013 at 2:07pm

I keep running into little bits of information here and there that say T5's actually put out a few more lumens than a T8 or T12 in a smaller size....Is that true, or are they truly the same?

Comment by Alex Veidel on December 18, 2013 at 1:35pm

Lol, the LEDs in the backround makes it look like you have purple highlights in your hair Sylvia :)

Comment by Mike Coen on December 15, 2013 at 6:38pm

lumens and full spectrum aren't as important as PAR readings in the specific growth spectrum.

That's why I use the strips in my growroom.  plus, longer life, no pollution from mercury, and in my testing, the plants show that they thrive better, for example, the basil doesn't strain to get more light, it just sits fat and sassy, spreading out rather than bolting up.  No fans and complications in these strips either.  Otherwise, they are similar in length and width to a T-5, just way more light, way better light and no additional fixture required.

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