plant lights for dim rooms?

bosewichte(7a/8b)June 20, 2013

I have long, deep built-in bookshelves on either side of my living room fireplace. It's much too dim, even during the day, for houseplants...but I started wondering if I could outfit the tops of the shelves with some kind of unobtrusive, inexpensive lighting so I could add a few plants. Does anyone have any thoughts on a system light this, or what type of lights I could use?

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birdsnblooms

Howdy,

My dh built a shelf and lights (lights, weren't included,) the mid-90's.
The shelf was 19.99. Plastic.
In addition he purchased and installed three standard workshop light fixtures.
I can't recall the exact price, but I believe fixtures were around 9.99 per fixture. So, total price was approximately 50.00 and change. 'tax.'

Here's a picture...sorry not the best image.

Hope pic works.

Can you see where fixtures/lights are installed? Wiring is in back.
I've placed a timer so lights turn off and on as set.

My shelf won't win any awards, but does the job. Bulbs are standard fluorescent...I can't find 4' plant bulbs so have to use standard fluorescent bulbs. True plant fluorescents sold here are 6' long.

How wide are your book shelves? Toni

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 12:03PM
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bosewichte(7a/8b)

Our bookshelves are each about 6 feet wide and about a foot deep. I will try to find some fluorescent lights to hook up in one spot for a few plants - thanks!

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 3:21PM
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birdsnblooms

Bosewichte..Sorry I didn't get back sooner.

6' shelves are perfect. You now need to decide if you want to use gro-lights, standard, and 1 or 2 bulb fixtures

Good luck, Toni

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 2:34PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

I have standard fluorescent bulbs of the curly cue type that plug into any normal lamp, They did a better job of keeping the plants healthy that I thought they would, Still usin em too! :)

Hi Toni! :)

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 9:47AM
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birdsnblooms

Hey Asleep...Curly cue, lol, bulbs last a lot longer, but I discovered standard light bulbs work, too.
During winter months, when there's no room for one sheet of paper, :), I set a few plants on an end table w/lamp. A standard light bulb, 100 watts keeps plants going.

Bose has 6' wide shelves..
6' fluorescent bulb works and economical. Know what I mean?

BTW, I too use curly cues.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 11:24AM
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