Product Recommendations

Here’s a list of products I’ve used and recommend.  I’ve used all of the grow lights listed and have measured them with both my PAR meter and my light meter (and, even more importantly, my ficuses – they’re discriminatory little b*tches when it comes to light quality!). I’ll be publishing that information as soon as I have a chance to put it all together, both in video and text form.

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Grow Lights

The majority of these lights are yellow, though the white (which have tinges of blue, purple, etc in them) are available through the same links. I prefer yellow because I keep my plants in my living spaces and we want to be able to co-exist with them. These lights are our everyday lighting – bar lighting for spaces near the ceiling, and bulbs in lamps around the room. I prefer the 2-foot bars, but the 1-foot and 4-foot are linked as well.

Bar/Strip Lights

 8 pack of 1 foot long Barrina T5 bar grow lights (yellow)

8 pack of 2 foot long Barrina T5 grow lights (yellow)

 

8 pack of 4 foot long Barrina T5 grow lights

 

 

6 pack of 2 foot long Barrina T8 grow lights

(stronger/more full spectrum light than T5, has a purplish tinge – I leave these on when I won’t be in the room)

 

Bulbs

 Sansi single bulb – strong, but on the white-towards-blue spectrum. It doesn’t look blue but it’s not a gentle light, so plan on using this one to light plants, not near your reading nook.

 These bulbs were initially marketed as grow bulbs on Amazon so I tried them. My plants like them and are growing well, but I’ll have more info on them soon (PAR reading, etc).

 

Fixtures, etc

I use these clamp lamps in areas I want to use a single bulb but won’t see the fixture. You can take the shade/reflector off if you want the light to shine in every direction, or leave it on to direct more of the light in one area.

 

I have many high spaces with plants and won’t turn the lights on if I can’t easily access the switch, so I use these remote switches. I have several spaces set up with both T5 and T8 lights (above), and I have each type on a separate switch so I can push one button for nice, mellow light (when I’m in the room) and then hit the other button when I leave for the day and want to give my plants some extra love.