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Floralight has for fifty years now, been a dedicated manufacturer/distributor of Indoor Light Gardening Systems, lighting systems used by home gardening enthusiasts for starting seedlings for later outdoor transplanting and for maintaining plant 'collectibles' indoors year round. Our Gardens are used in many educational environments for plant science studies and research and in health care environments where gardening is used as a therapy. We manufacture and distribute a full range of full spectrum and wide spectrum plant lights (light bulbs) and Light Garden accessories. We distribute our products throughout North America through traditional lawn and garden products retailers.
karmaya Highland Park, NJ (Zone 6b) (1 review) October 20, 2011
help!! have had a 48" wide 3-tier floralight for more than 11 years ago (only with 2 shelving units, had some tall plants) and it worked wonderfully using a timer. Today I turned on the unit to test it & lights didn't work. Now see that floralight is out of business and am practially in tears. Desperately seeking at least one 4-bulb 48' long lighting fixture; have no idea where i will be able to find it but will see if Lee has anything... there has to be a way to deal with this..... any ideas? help!!! thanks from NJ gardener
I too have had trouble with the ballasts. I think it may be due to putting a the timer on the system. It seems to work fine without the timer and ruins the ballasts and/or bulbs with the timer. Not overly impressed..and it is expensive to have this happening. Mine only worked properly for one season. This makes for some very expensive vegetables.
joannabanana Calgary, AB (Zone 3a) (4 reviews) February 10, 2009
I received this unit, with the special bulbs, for Christmas 2006. It is the most expensive gift I had ever received. Since I like to start a lot of seeds, this unit is awesome. One problem, the quality of the fixture is questionable. For the cost of this unit, I am very disappointed with Lee Valley. The 4-bulb HI Floralight is the one I have. This year the unit is a whopping $749 + GST and the bulbs are extra @ 12 full spectrum bulbs for $179 + GST.That's $975 complete. Holy Smokers!
So, got it for Christmas 2006. Started it up Feb 2007. everything worked great, heavy duty construction. Bulbs were to last 10 years for home gardener. All was impressive. I have used it for 3 months at 16 hours per day in 2007. I have the fixtures plugged into a good surge protector and also a timer.
Feb 2008- started it up again and one fixture had a faulty set of 2 bulbs (middle 2 bulbs would not light, bulbs were good). I took the entire fixture back to Lee Valley and they replaced the fixture on the spot. Again used it 3 months at 16 hours per day for 2008
This year, another ballast is not functioning (the outer bulbs of one fixture) The bulbs are fine and I had tested it by switching them with the ones that lit up, so it is the fixture or ballast. So, took it back to Lee Valley. The Customer rep (with an arrogant attitude) told me they will only allow returns within 30 days. No warranty. I will need to buy a new fixture through a special order through Lee Valley. Oh and the manufacture is chosen by Lee Valley to build the Floralight brand so it it Lee Valley that you need to deal with. They have switched manufacturers recently. No offer to replace the faulty part in the fixture. Unacceptable! I wasn't getting anywhere with the pompous rep, so I asked to speak to the Manager. You would think that a product that costs that much would be have some warranty. the manager did not come out, apparently she would look into it and see if there would be something she could special order. Again, I would probably have to pay for it, since the unit was bought in 2006.
The documents that came with the unit has the manufacturer listed as Floralight. Phone number no longer in service. I called the Lee Valley 1-800 # and told my sad story. I was told that they have changed manufacturers and have a new mfg building the units. I questioned why they have the same brand Floraight in their most recent catalog. Lee Valley gets a mfg to build the Floralight units for them, so it is Lee Valley that you need to go thru for service. The rep from the 1-800 line is contacting the new mfg to find out if there is a replacement spare part or entire new fixture option. Because it is a different mfg, not all spare parts may be available. The new fixtures should fit in the old stand, hopefully. She said it would be resolved at no cost to me.
Anyways, we will see how this pans out. I am really disappointed with the way the Calgary store handled this. Perhaps some of the staff should go on a customer service training class before they are allowed to stand behind that counter.
orkidlady Drumheller, AB (Zone 2a) (3 reviews) March 24, 2007
I have purchased two - three tier light stands from this company via Alan Patte and have been very happy with the service and the stands.