In this video:
- Behind the scenes photos of my grow space, tanks, projects
- Updates and plans for projects, improvements, etc
- Tips and advice for grow tank horticulture
- DIY hanger bar for mounted plants
In this video I show behind the scenes photos of some of my grow space, tanks, plants, and projects. I also share some tips, and advice for grow tank horticulture, such as using false bottoms and reflective insulation. I show some under-shelf lighting (see details, below) that I use to create more grow space on bookcases below my grow tanks. Additionally I share photos of custom hanger bars that I’ve designed for use with hanging/mounted plants (tutorial linked below).
Under-Shelf LED Lights: LEDGLE 12W Under-Cabinet Strip Light LED Set, 950lm, Daylight White 6000K, 3 Pcs
These LED bars, which are designed as under-cabinet and other utility lighting applications, have been very good at growing plants. The bars also look very nice, and I’ve found them to be easy to install and set up. The light from them is natural and pleasing (although to some extent there is a yellowish band on the fringe of the light beam, but it’s barely noticeable to me). I notice no difference in plant growth between these LED bars and an expensive LED plant bulb, although I still use those as well.
I find these to be best for under-shelf lighting on bookcases, to create additional grow space below my grow tanks. They need to be mounted on brackets which are screwed into a surface above them, such as a wood shelf, so take that under consideration when deciding if they will work for your particular situation.
NOTE: There’s a lot of advice out there that says you need lights that are specially designed to grow plants. That is not necessarily the case. Most lights around 5000 Kelvin to 6000 Kelvin, and of a sufficient brightness, will grow plants well. Although there is a lot more to know about the science behind photosynthesis and lights, such as PAR, I still believe it’s a good rule of thumb to go by (5K-6K and sufficient lumens).