3 Easy Grow Light Set Ups for Starting Vegetable Seeds Indoors & Lumens and Kelvin Explained


Hi everyone well today I’m going to share with you three very simple ways that you can get indoor grow lights set up So then when it comes time to start your seeds inside for your Spring Garden in just a few months You’ll be ready now. If you’re one of those people who are confused about how to set up indoor grow lights Don’t worry about it. You’re not alone in this video. We’re gonna break it down make it very easy for you including Explaining what lumens and Kelvin are so if you’re confused about that make sure you stay tuned I’m gonna show you my indoor grow light setup by the end of this video you’re gonna know exactly how to get yours going inside as well I Know many of you are already dreaming about your spring garden and are busy picking out your seeds Planning what you’re gonna grow them in and are going to get a head start by starting your seeds indoors One of the most important factors to consider when growing indoor vegetable seedlings is light It’s so important to have the right kind of light to grow your plants healthy and strong So they are ready to be planted outside When the time comes often a sunny windowsill is just not enough to grow strong healthy seedlings what the seedlings Do is a stretch towards the Sun and become leggy and a leggy? Seedling is not a strong seedling you want to ceiling with a strong Stocky healthy stem so that when it comes time to plant out in the garden It is strong enough to withstand the wind and the elements and will grow you lots of wonderful vegetables for you and your family to eat If you’re going to take the time to start your vegetable seedlings indoors The best way to make sure they are strong and healthy when it comes time to move them out to the garden is to grow them under indoor lights you can’t just use any old type of light bulb you do need to use a special kind of light that has the right amount of Kelvin and lumens to grow your Transplants healthy and strong when you’re shopping for indoor grow light bulbs You’ll often see three specifications on the package lumens Kelvin and Watts It’s really important to have the right amount of lumens and Kelvin so that your transplants Go really nice and strong So let’s just break it down and make it very simple well first of all let’s talk about lumens Lumens is simply a measure of brightness of the light the higher the lumens the brighter the light The lower the lumens the dimmer the light when you’re growing vegetable seedlings It’s very important that they’re met with a very bright intense light as soon as they germinate So lumens are what pounds are to Tomatoes What a gallon is to milk it’s simply a way to measure the brightness of the light so when you’re growing vegetable seedlings It’s very important that you have about a 2,000 to 3,000 lumen level on your light bulb you can usually find this information on the back of the package Now this particular light is a little bit under 2,000 at 1600 But I have used these lights many times to grow indoor vegetable seedlings And although a brighter light would be a little bit better these also work just fine The next specification you’ll find on the back of your grow light bulb package is Kelvin Kelvin Simply refers the type of light produced or the color temperature and grow lights need to mimic daylight So the measurement on the back here shows 6500 which is really good between 4500 and 6500 to mimic daylight so again the higher the number the better so look for a number between 45 and 6500 so that your seedlings are nice and strong and stocky The third specification one that many of you are probably already familiar with is watts like I mentioned earlier Watts is simply a measurement of the electricity used So you really don’t need to be too concerned about that when you’re purchasing bulbs for growing indoors Really the lumens and the Kelvin are the most important thing to look for so that your seedlings are nice and strong There’s many ways to set up indoor grow lights, so let’s head inside I’ll show you the three really simple ways that I have mine set up and you can choose which one works best for you The first indoor grow light is one of my favorites because it’s so simple and perfect for a beginner It’s is very easy clamp light now. I love this no assembly required The light bulb just screws it and out perfect for a small space it’ll clip under your countertop onto a table onto a shelf and These are readily available you can find them at hardware stores Target or Walmart Also, pop a link down the video description now how I’m using it. Here is I’ve got a gallon jug filled with sand PVC pipe in it clip it on Turn it on and there you got an instant grow light system You can move it up and down as the plants grow a couple little tips here in this clamp light I’m using one of these CFL bulbs that I showed you earlier. You can also use an LED bulb, but keep in mind although That’s more energy efficient in the long run You’re upfront costs will be higher So I’ve keeping my costs really low up front by using the CFL bulbs and these work Just great now the thing to remember when you’re growing indoor Plants with your girl lights is to keep your grill light about an inch or two away from the plants that you’re growing Otherwise we get that leg eNOS I told you about earlier And we don’t want that because we want to see things to be nice and strong so you can track the light up and down And it’s perfect for growing this nice little tray of microgreens. I mean look at these don’t these look fabulous now another way I Really like to use this clamp light a lot of you have done this from the first garden series or from the $10 garden series Is with a grow light box now? This is so handy? It keeps all your seed things contained in this box And you may have seen this also over on Gary over the rustic Gardens Channel. I got the idea originally from him I’ll put a pop-up link on to a video on how to build it but basically it’s just lined with aluminum foil and The clamp light keeps the light directed right down onto the seedlings, so it’s a really handy way to get started and it’s very inexpensive the second setup that I love to use is this shop light setup you need two things for this a Four-foot shop light and then some bulbs now you can use t8 light bulbs or t5 light bulbs But I happen to have bought a big contractors pack of the t12 So I’m gonna use what I have now the t12 T5 and t8 don’t let that confuse you it simply refers to the size or the diameter of the light bulb So the t12 and the T eights were great the t5 s The light is a lot more intense, but those light bulbs are also more expensive So I’m sticking with a t12 s4 now one thing. I forgot to mention about these t12 lights 2500 lumens who are good on the lumens and the kelvins are 500 case we’re good on both lumens and Kelvin with these t12 lights so this Super easy to get set up you can set it up on a nice shelving unit we’re in a closet on Shelves if you have that available to you, but I have just set it up super simple super quick Again, I’ve got my gallon jugs here filled with sand PVC pipe stuck in the middle and I use a little chains that come with the shop lights Just to hang them from the PVC pipes and direct the light down towards my plants now You’ll see of course that I raised my plants up with these shoe boxes while they’re teeny tiny a couple of bricks Because remember you don’t want your plants to be what to be leggy That’s right. You guys are learning and as the plants grow I can move the bricks out of the way move the shoe boxes out of the way so that There’s enough room for the plants underneath the light so this may not be a super pretty setup But it’s a setup that you can easily do at home. It’s very inexpensive, and you can get those spring garden seeds started The third indoor girl light setup that I really like to use is this really simple tabletop girl light setup This one’s made by fairy more so you can get it at most hardware stores And I’ll also link it up in the video description It comes in this nice neat little package so the advantage to this is if you’re a beginner Everything is in here. You got the light You got the little handy dandy stand does require some assembly But it pretty much takes the guesswork out of it now this one has one of those t5 bulbs I was telling you about it doesn’t specify the lumens and the Kelvin on the package But it’s a nice bright intense light and let me just show you how much smaller The t5 bulb is as compared to the t12 bulb that I used in the grill in the previous setup It’s a lot more smaller in diameter, so this little setup is about two feet long, and it works great again If you’re growing a small amount of plants It’s growing this lettuce little salad container of lettuce greens absolutely beautifully Now the cool thing is too if you have two of them. You can kind of put them together here It does interlock Really nicely and that way it provides a lot of really nice intense light for your plants Now the only drawback to this is they’re a little bit pricey. I think run around $45 or so on Amazon or at your hardware store so if you’re on a tight budget You might want to start with one of the other two setups, and then move up to this one if your budget allows Well the other thing that’s really Important when you’re doing an indoor girl light setup is to have a timer It’s super important that you don’t have to think about when to turn your lights on and turn them off because if you forget Again, your plants won’t have enough light and they’re going to be leggy you guys are doing really good on this now the amount of Time that you leave your indoor girl lights on is this when you first start your seedlings They’re gonna take a couple of days to germinate But I like to leave mine on about 24 hours until they germinate So just in case those little seedlings poke through the soil when you’re in bed they’re gonna be met by a super bright bursts of intense light and that way they’ll keep on growing nice and strong and After the after they germinate you want to leave them on about 18 hours a day and off for about 6 hours During the night so the schedule of 18 hours on and 6 hours off It’s just the right amount to grow nice strong healthy seedlings so that pretty soon when the weather warms up And you’re ready to put them in the garden they are gonna Be ready, well there you have it three super simple easy quick simple inexpensive indoor grow light setups and Kelvin and lumens explained well comment below let me know if this video was helpful for you And what type of indoor grow light setup you’re going to be using to grow your spring vegetable seedlings Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss any of the videos And hit the like button if you liked it because it always really helps me out. Thank you so much for watching We’ll see you on the next video

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  2. Excellent Presentation – Well done explaining but also demonstrating – Thank you kindly for an excellent video

  3. Oh my gosh this video is sooo helpful, thank you so much! I've been looking for inexpensive ways to do grow lights for my plants and this has been incredibly helpful

  4. I like your milk bottle uprights for holding the lights. I'm afraid some people may have gotten the impression from your video that t-5,t-8,and t-12 lamps are interchangeable. They are not. Each requires a different ballast to fire the lamps properly and the lamp holders are a different size so you need to buy the fixture and the lamps as a set. Although quite a bit more expensive led agriculture lights are your best option for long life, low energy costs, less heat created. I would recommend buying them if you plan on doing this several times a year for years to come. The cfl's are the lowest cost but they are also being phased out and can be difficult to find now. My local dollar store still carries them but they also are of low quality and most people don't realize that fluorescent lamps only last about six months before the light output changes both in color and intensity. Changing the lamps out several times a year and replacing the fixtures every couple of years can make the costs add up a lot over time. A good led light supposedly will last between 100,000 to 200,000 hrs before degrading. You can also buy led bulbs that screw into the clamp on holders you were using and that's likely to be the cheapest long term light for an inexpensive set up.

  5. Oh my goodness, every time you said, "they get leggy" I had to laugh because my seedlings last year were so, so…"LEGGY". I finally got a grow light and tried it out, but it was a bit too late. I promised that I would do better this year, and this is just the video I need. Thank you.

  6. I got the fairy Morris lamp believe it or not for $5 at my Walmart store here in Ohio

  7. Check out Walmart your local Walmart may have the ferry Morse grow lights for $5 I got three of them no lie Walmart here in Columbus Ohio for $5 no bullshiting

  8. Hi there!
    I have several house plants that I would like to use a grow light on for the duration of the winter, however these are plants that naturally like more shade.
    Do you have any tips for a lower light requirement? For example, would you happen to know how many LM and K a shade plant needs?

    Thanks so much!😋

  9. Hello! New subscriber here. Thank for this video! This was exactly what I was looking for. I’ll be going with the shop light set up, just attaching them to a metal shelving unit.

  10. Hey Kim. I have the exact same bulbs. I just made my boxes 3 days ago. Question: I started some peat pellets with collards however they started out leggy then I placed them into the box, will they harden or should I just start new ones?

  11. I see this video was made Jan. 2018. It is now Feb. 2019. A few months ago I was looking for some CFL light bulbs and I couldn't hardly find any. I looked at Lowes, Home Depot and Walmart. CFL's can be found online of course, but not many can be found in local stores. I assume government regulations has forced every body into LED's. I am not complaining, I use LED's around my house also. But if anyone is looking for CFL's to use for grow lights you might have a problem finding them. LED tube lights are easy to find, as are the scre in LED's although somewhat higher priced.

  12. I thought you had to use special red and blue type lights for plants. Does this work the same way?

  13. what a blessing this video was. I have started microgreens but did not know what to do for a grow light since most are so expensive. I am going to to check out both clamp light ideas. I think instead of sand I will put dried beans or rice in the gallon jugs. Not so messy. I hope to learn more from you. I am excited about growing my own food. : )

  14. I think you’re awesome.
    Not what I was looking for, but awesome.
    If you could help me out on my project please let me know.
    I just bought an RV and would love an herb garden on some small wooden shelves under my tv.
    LED lights I assume.. but how can I protect the wood? Hmm
    If you can help I’ll send you pics,
    Thank you.
    LOVE FROM TEXAS,

  15. Be wary of the Ferry Morse grow lights she showed on the video. The attachment points on the light fixture for the wire legs are very fragile. They break at the drop of a hat. A very small hat.

  16. Very informative! Thank you for breaking it down. I'm new to all things farmish and am learning so much. I'm interested in learning more.

  17. Tx so much. I did not know HOW to use my shop length grow light, or any for that matter!

  18. Thank you for explaining everything so clearly. I’ve tried starting seedlings indoors so many times and they always fail. Now I know why and this year they’ll be great. Thanks so much!

  19. Can't understand what kind of bulb you are saying. Sounds like seafelb bulb! Glad you listed it below video!

  20. If anyone has a Fred Meyer close by – I just got a 72-plant Jiffy greenhouse kit for $10 (as of 3/5/19) – Might be some sales coming on soon with Home Depot's Spring Black Friday which I think starts around April of this year.

  21. It was the best video for me, granny on a tight budget. I love the pvc pipe in sand bottle!!! Now I’m going shopping now that I know what I need for my seeds thanks a bunch 👍🏽💕

  22. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Will be out first year growing seeds indoors and you answered so many questions. God bless.

  23. Can i use a bright lummen LED with a kelven of 6500?? Is it ok its an LED???? as long as it meets those requirements??

  24. You just saved me from spending a lot of money on very expensive grow light setup. The milk jug and PVC pipe system is brilliant!

  25. im the type of guy that wants a few cree cxb 3590 cob led's at 3500k, with a maximum of 200w output for a cheap price or otherwise i dont see the point of the hobby.

  26. Does the light put off a lot of heat? Do I need to be concerned about fire?

  27. Hi. I tried the blue/red lights on tomatoe seedlings, seems not very effective. Leafs curl and in general the seedlings dont seem to respind. The also lean over towards window were some daylight shine.

  28. This is awesome!! I’m so excited to start my lettuce seeds inside!!! How long do you typically leave the light on for each day?

  29. Hi!! I’ve been watching all your
    Videos and they’re super helpful! Hopefully you see this because I want your opinion! Lol. My light is 5000 kelvin. I have tomato and eggplant seeds under it. Is 6” up too far or ok? They just popped out of the ground but I don’t want them to get lanky!?

  30. Ok thank you and think plz clear ma why this light why not sun light

  31. LED bulbs are way better than CFL's! led have 100 lm per watt! cfl have 60-70 lm per watt!

  32. Those light setups are great! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  33. Your gallon jugs to hold the shop lights is genius! I was wondering how I could get a setup as cheap as possible, and saw the PVC designs, wood designs, etc…but 2 gallon jugs and 2 PVC pipes has got to be the easiest/cheapest method I've seen so far!

  34. Dear Madam, Thanks for sharing this vedio. The size of seed's germination tray that I have, is 600mm X 600mm. I to grow Fenugreek plants, from its seeds for commercial purpose. I have placed a 50W, 4500 Lumen, 6700K LED light source, hanging above the seedlings cup at a distance of about 400mm high. Now, please guide me, in order to induce a better/speedy growth, can I use two LED bulbs, instead of one.
    A quick reply is expected.
    Thanks.
    A. K. Das. Mob 8223840043. email [email protected]

  35. Hi Cali will any common t5 work or do I need a sepcial full spectrum t5 I live in Mumbai and there aren't many enthusiasts in my region😁😭

  36. I have a questions. I would like to bring in my peppers and tomato plants in door because the summer almost end in New York City. Would these lights you recommended would able to help produce flowers for fruits during the winter months indoors? Thank you!

  37. This is the best video I have seen that explains grow lights. Thank you for the clear and concise information

  38. This is exactly what I needed, I’m a first time grower and my seedlings are leggy…:( can I still rescue them? I’m using a grow light and it’s going on 4 weeks. When do I put them in dirt?

  39. Thank you for the clarity and detail in this video. By far one of the more helpful videos.

  40. Has anyone tried using under cabinet LED tape lights to keep herbs, lettuces etc growing indoors over winter? We have them all around our kitchen and I feel like I should be able to keep my herbs going with these. But not sure it's enough light.

  41. Great info! How would you suggest germinating a seed while using that CFL bulb and keeping the right humidity using plastic wrap (and not burning it)? Other methods?

  42. So I bought T8 bulbs but only the 2ft ones because of space issues, hope that's okay? I used a 2 bulb receptacle with reflectors. Each bulb is 1,200 lumens and 6,500k. Are two bulbs equal to 2,400 lumens? Will that be adequate?

  43. I have been racking my brains on an affordable way to set up some grow lights to take care of my herbs as I bring them indoors over the winter. What a great idea that of the gallon jug filled with sand and the pvc pipe!!!! That will work perfect for me. Thanks also for the links 🙂

  44. This video was on grow lights for germination of the seeds to seedlings … but can the same light spec also be used for growing of plants upto o harvest. I am planning to grow some veggies indoor from seedling to harvest.. kindly advice

  45. Well.. no matter if u have 1000 or 100000 lumen, if its light which is unusable for plants it makes no sense, id stick to measuring in PAR ^^

    Yea yea.. i know i know😂 nobody using CFL buys a quantum meter for 300 bucks but i mean there is not much light which is unusable for plants so yea its sorta okay even though measuring in PAR is still better

  46. Great video! Glad I found you. Look forward to putting aside time to learn some more. Thank you

  47. THAT was the technical info that I needed: a min of 1600 lumen and at least 6500 K. My goodness, it was hard to find that info, I lost so much time and so many seedlings… I'm ordering the led lightbulbs with the necessary requirements as we speak. Thank you so much!

  48. Very awesome grow light set ups! I have the shop light with t8 bulbs.

    I hooked it up threw the wooden boards in the ceiling. Quick tip! Get a pack of pulleys ($6-$10 on Amazon), hook them up to the shop light and you will be able to adjust the height when plant grow!

  49. I’ll tell you what, your method is awesome. You are the winner. I love the versatility. Thanks for sharing. Loved it.

  50. Can you let me know what I need for grass seeds? Is there a difference? Want to grow grass for my rabbit.

  51. Great information – working on my xmas wish list! The Grow Light / Ferry Morris looks like a winner!

  52. Thank you. Your the only person I found to tell me how long to leave the light on when first starting out!

  53. Great video with outstanding information. I've watched a few videos on the subject and you've explained it so easy that I could understand it. Also, I like your leather band. I do lots of leather cuffs, belts and biker watch bands. Couldn't make out what type of conchos you had, but they look nice. Again, thank you for sharing. I'll be using the 4' shop lights.

  54. It should be mentioned that a very inexpensive light fixture to look for are ones you can find at your local pet store designed for aquariums. Fish tank light strips cost less than half of those with the marketing label `grow light` that target gardeners and seed growers.
    You can even buy an entire aquarium hood with a light fixture in it where it has a handy flip lid for watering if you choose to go the container route for less than some grow light fixtures. But yes, the bulbs may be at a slightly higher cost.

  55. Thanks great clip. You may want to look at how bad for your health CFL’s are. They give off dangerous levels of RF and EMF. That’s ok if you are not in the same room but it still penetrates walls. A simple EMF meter reading will confirm this. LED lights are not as bad but they should also be kept well away from your body and family. The manufactures don’t tell you this

  56. T5 works great through vegetative growth but when flowering you need more of orange or red light. Maybe 2700 k warm light. Mixture of 5,000 or 6500 and a 2700 k does well.

  57. use a samal fan to gently blow on the seedlings to encourage the plant to harden the stems.

  58. One issue with the Kelvin value, too high of a Kelvin number can include too much blue light in which case this can actually stunt the growth of your plants, higher isn't always better and around 5500k is often actually ideal. Kelvin is actually a very poor method of measuring the color spectrum of your grow lights because multiple lights can have the same Kelvin rating but completely different colors making up that Kelvin rating since Kelvin is just an average of all the colors and how warm they are on average. Seeing the entire spectrum on a graph will give you a much better idea of how well it will work.

  59. Also t12s are the worst of the bulbs you can get, they may be cheaper but you'll pay more in the long run both in wasted electricity (they aren't very efficient) and changing the bulbs sooner (the color and light degrades much faster). The t5's are more expensive but are worth the extra money and in the long run will save you more overall.

  60. i found out the screw in lights need a smaller box. i also lined mine with foil that increased the growth greatly

  61. I can't believe how simple these set ups are. I am definitely going to try these ideas. Thank you for some terrific hints. And the simple explanations about the different bulbs.

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