Indoor Gardening Lights

Lenox, MA(Zone 6a)

I grow vegetables indoors using T-5 fluorescent lights. I don't think my plants are getting enough light. They too spindly, particularly the tomato plants.
Question: Does anyone know of other light bulbs that give off more light? I use a 3-tray level system so ideally I would get a light (s) for each level.

Christiana, TN(Zone 7a)

High pressure sodiums? More expensive. I am substituting my old fluorescent fixtures with LEDs. See pic. They're way better than Fls but not sure how they would be for maters.
Are you putting your lights close enough to your plants?

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Lenox, MA(Zone 6a)

I would guess that the LEDs require new fixtures.

But I have had the T-5 fixtures for 10 years: time for a change!

Who sells the LEDs and the fixtures?

Christiana, TN(Zone 7a)

No the LEDs come self-contained, same size as a 4ft. fl. A little more expensive. Worth it for me.
I get mine at the local Walmart. About 40.00.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Lights-of-America-4-LED-Shoplight/46808020

Lenox, MA(Zone 6a)

Here is what I decided to buy - http://www.esplighting.com/liofam4fo40w.html

Christiana, TN(Zone 7a)

Wow. Never seen those before. Let us know your results?

Lenox, MA(Zone 6a)

Question: how close should the LED lights be to the growing plants?

Christiana, TN(Zone 7a)

Not an expert on this. My guess? As close as possible. Seriously doubt they would burn your plants.

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