My Germination Station is a Happy Camper…Because…
This is, by far, the best grow light I have ever used! I bought two of them a short time ago to test them…and they worked so well, I recently ordered 4 more Sunblasters to improve and expand my seed germination station!
Each strip light is fully functional on its own…with its own power cord. The light also includes a special connection cord, allowing it to be connected in series with added units.
I set up a 3 foot wide metal shelf unit for my seed germination and hung the lights in a way that allowed me to adjust them up or down, depending on plant growth. Thus, I opted for the 3 foot strip light to match the width of the shelving…but, the lights are also available in a 2 feet length.
Plugging the lights into an automatic timer, programmed for 16 hours of light per day, makes the whole setup worry-free. All I have to do is give the plants a little water every couple of days…occasionally check the lights and keep them a few inches above the plants…and watch my babies grow.
Sunblaster Strip Lights Are Better for Your Seedlings Than the Sun
The outside sunshine-color-temperature, at noon, measures about 5600 K (Kelvin). And, the sun’s light covers the full spectrum from infrared to near-ultraviolet…wavelengths that are most useful to both plant and animal life.
These Sunblaster lamps are putting out 6500 K, full spectrum, with emphasis on blue wavelengths. Blue wavelengths encourage photosynthesis…boosting vegetable growth and development. This is exactly what I want for my seedlings!
The power of these little rascals is phenomenal!
They also have a built-in electronic ballast, which provides instant start and no flickering, as well as a durable aluminum housing.
The lamps last up to 10,000 hours. Each spring, I germinate for 4 weeks, 16 hours per day, 7 days a week. That’s less than 500 hours per season, which means these lamps should last me about 20+ years. Can’t beat that!
Top it off with a 1 year warranty…and, buying these incredible strip lights becomes a no-brainer.
Well I’ve Given You All The PROS…But What Are The CONS?
I tried very hard to find something negative about the Sunblaster…because, nothing is perfect…now, is it? And, I came up with a couple of things:
- The special connection cord is a wee bit short when trying to connect one Sunblaster light to another Sunblaster light on an upper or lower shelf. I will have 3 germination shelves with 2 Sunblasters on each shelf and, I’ll run each shelf set through a multiple outlet plugged into my automatic timer…so, this won’t be a problem for me.
- There is no bulb cover to protect the lamp against accidental bumps. Don’t quote me…but, this could be “by design.” It may be possible that a bulb cover would distort the bluish-white light spectrum that is beneficial to the vegetable seedlings.
The Sunblaster T5 deserves a 5 out of 5 thumbs-up rating!
Exploring Other Grow Lights…
I also performed an extensive and thorough investigation on 3 other brands of T5 grow lights…looking for high-quality alternatives to the Sunblaster T5 High Output Fluorescent Strip Light.
After exhaustively researching Agrobrite by Hydrofarm, T5 lights by Hydroponic Bloom, and Apollo Horticulture’s line of lighting, I realized that Hydrofarm’s Agrobrite lights were heads and shoulders above the others. In many ways, the Agrobrite lights were equal to or superior in quality and design to the Sunblaster lights I am using.
I was planning to purchase Agrobrite grow lights but, only Sunblaster offered a 3-foot wide version to fit my germination station shelving.
Nevertheless, the Agrobrite lights were a cut above Hydroponic Bloom and Apollo Horticulture grow lights.
The newest Agrobrite grow light system is the 2 foot, 4-tube fixture, Agrobrite Designer T5, FLP24, 96W 2 Foot, 4-Tube Fixture with Lamps.
Agrobrite is a Top-Notch Performer
Hydrofarm’s Agrobrite T5 lights bring to the table unmatched performance and a high lumen output. They offer the flexibility of several different hanging arrangements…overhead…vertical…and horizontal.
These grow lights also come with a 5-year warranty on the ballast and a standard 1-year warranty on workmanship and materials.
The downside is they are a bit pricier than their lower quality competitors.
But, hey…as my dad always said, “You get what you pay for.”
Therefore, I formally give the Agrobrite lights a 5 thumbs-up rating!
…and my stamp of approval to:
Try these lights! You Will Love Them!
And, definitely…let me know what you think of these grow lights! Did you know that they also are great to increase hours of daylight for your greenhouse in the waning winter months?
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