• Top 10 Best Fluorescent Grow Lights

    Fluorescent grow lights are inexpensive and efficient much like LED grow lights. They are very popular with indoor gardeners for these reasons. In the table below, there is a list of 10 of the best fluorescent grow lights based on customer ratings and feedback, as well as value for money.


    Hydrofarm
    FLT24

    Hydrofarm
    FLCDG125D

    Hydrofarm
    FLT22

    Durolux
    DL844S

    Apollo
    CFL 250W
    Our User Rating
    4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)
    4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
    4.8 Stars (4.8 / 5)
    4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)
    4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)
    Bulbs4 x T5 (2ft.)CFL2 x T5 (2ft.)4 x T5 (4ft.)CFL
    Lumensup to 8,00010,000up to 4,00020,00010,850
    Color Temperature6400K6500K6400K6500K6400K
    Cord Length10 ft.8 ft.10 ft.8 ft.13 ft.
    Voltage120V120V120V120V120V
    Wattage24W each bulb125W24W each bulb230W total250W
    Hanging+ Overhead
    + Horizontal
    + Vertical
    + Overhead+ Overhead
    + Horizontal
    + Vertical
    + Overhead
    + Horizontal
    + Vertical
    + Overhead
    Inc. Hanging Hooks
    Dimensions23" x 13.5" x 3"18" X 10" X 4.5"22.5" x 7.25" x 3"47.5" x 12.5" x 4"19" x 19" x 5"
    Weight10 lbs8 lbs7 lbs12 lbs6 lbs
    Warranty5 years (ballasts components)1 year5 years (ballasts components)1 year1 year
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    DuroLux
    DL824

    Hydrofarm
    FLT44

    Apollo
    CFL 125W

    Durolux
    DL848S

    Hydrofarm
    FLC0125D
    Our User Rating
    4.4 Stars (4.4 / 5)
    4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)
    4.8 Stars (4.8 / 5)
    4.4 Stars (4.4 / 5)
    3.8 Stars (3.8 / 5)
    Bulbs4 x T5 (2ft.)4 x T5 (4ft.)CFL8 x T5 (4ft.)CFL
    Lumens10,000up to 20,0006,30040,000N/A
    Color Temperature6500K6400K6400K6500KN/A
    Cord Length8 ft.10 ft.13 ft.8 ft.N/A
    Voltage120V120V120V120V120V
    Wattage24W each bulb54W each bulb125W460W total125W
    Hanging+ Overhead
    + Horizontal
    + Vertical
    + Overhead
    + Horizontal
    + Vertical
    + Overhead+ Overhead
    + Horizontal
    + Vertical
    + Overhead
    Inc. Hanging Hooks
    Dimensions23.5" x 12.5" x 4"46" x 13.5" x 3"19" x 19" x 5"47.5" x 12.5" x 4"21" x 14.5" x 9"
    Weight7 lbs15 lbs6 lbs13 lbs10 lbs
    Warranty1 year5 years (ballasts components)1 year1 year1 year
    Price
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    If you know little to nothing about about fluorescent grow lights, I recommend that you read this article here. Also, here are some tips and information on fluorescents.

    • fluorescent grow lightsThere are two types of fluorescent grow lights – Compact Fluorescents (CFL) which are designed in a round shape and T bulbs which are long straight tubes.
    • Fluorescent grow lights give off very little heat, so you place them as close to the plants as necessary.
    • The construction of the hood allows you to hang the fluorescents vertically, which provides sideways lighting resulting in vegetable plants such as peppers and tomatoes to grow very tall.
    • Fluorescent grow lights are great for evenly distributing light and doesn’t overload young plants.
    • T bulb fluorescents are based on T numbers, and the higher the number, the wider the diameter of the bulb. The most popular size for growing plants is T5, because they’re small yet they still give off just as much lumens as bigger bulbs.
    • Fluorescent grow lights are energy efficient which means less costs on your electricity bills. The upfront cost is also cheap.

    Just like with other grow lights, it’s important that you get a fluorescent grow light designed and manufactured by a reputable brand since they will have extensively tried and tested their bulbs to make sure that they have a long lifespan.

    Even though they are inexpensive and energy efficient, fluorescent grow lights tend to diminish in spectrum power over time, therefore, plants will not grow as well since the light they need will be reduced, even though humans can still see the visible light.

    Therefore, it’s recommend that the bulbs are replaced every 6 months of continuous everyday use. Obviously if you use it less, then this time period could be extended. As a great alternative to fluorescents, LED grow lights share the same characteristics and their bulbs lasts longer too.