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Old 11-09-2015, 06:29 AM
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Hi people!
I want to build a greenhouse. I would like to grow strawberry and maybe some flowers. I was consulted about the wooden frame for my future greenhouse.
Who can give advice as for the light and heating. What light to choose?

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Old 11-10-2015, 01:23 AM
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I try to minimize my expenses on building the greenhouse. So I thought about the DIY panels.
Can I use usual fluorescent lamps https://www.mrosupply.com/lighting/b...lham-lighting/ (horizontal) and make light panels from them?
Or is it better to take the LED bulbs?
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Old 11-10-2015, 05:43 AM
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I understand LED lights have a life time guarantee?? Think last longer.
But I aren't up on the modern .
Good luck some have done this on here.
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Old 11-10-2015, 08:44 AM
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I hope that someone will have some lighting answers that will help.
Hubby and I do have a greenhouse which we built ourselves,
but we have not added any supplemental lighting, so I haven't studied up on that topic at all.
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Old 11-21-2015, 10:31 AM
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Originally Posted by zuzu's petals View Post:
I hope that someone will have some lighting answers that will help.
Hubby and I do have a greenhouse which we built ourselves,
but we have not added any supplemental lighting, so I haven't studied up on that topic at all.
This describes my greenhouse as well. It was constructed using double insulated polycarbonate, positioned on the southernmost side of the house as a lean-to, where it gets sun all day. Mostly translucent, it has one full glass door and one lift-out ceiling widow. For heat, I use a typical baseboard style space-heater positioned in the center of the floor. Mostly, it stays on all night during freezing temperatures and, of course during the days when temperatures fall to extremely cold (and there is no sun). Surprisingly, even when dreadfully cold outside, if the sun is shining, it provides enough heat to maintain a comfortable 60 degrees F inside.

I do have a single round fluorescent light which I sometimes leave on. Does it do any good? Not really. Moreover, it is my opinion that the placement and location of the building itself is right for the best light. In my setting, it seems more important that the plants get warmth and approximately 6 hours of sunlight a day for best growing results.

Strawberries have never done well in my area (north Texas) but every other tropical plant thrives and sometimes grows out of control!

But, I would assume that any warm, incandescent light would give your seedlings enough to sprout and survive into the spring. I hope this helps!
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