Suitable supplemental lighting is better for starting seeds than the light coming through most windows would be. A setup of lights will allow you to grow a much wider range of vegetable varieties, which will make your garden even more interesting and fun. Most seed starters used inexpensive fluorescent T12 shop lights until recently. Now, two new better choices — the T8 and T5 bulbs — are available.
An important thing to remember when starting seeds indoors is to keep your fluorescent bulb close to your seeds. Two inches is a good distance to allow your plants to get plenty of light. You can usually find a 4-foot-long, Energy Star-certified, two-bulb T8 fixture at retail stores for about $20, plus another $10 for the bulbs.
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