T5 VS T8 Grow Lights: What You Need to Know
Are you interested in the concept of growing your own produce at home to help eliminate rising food costs and increasing the amount of extra money in your household budget? What about the thought of fresh-grown vegetables for healthy eating or supporting the environment and nature with oxygen-rich plants?
Maybe you want to have a picture-worthy garden of blooming colors, lush shrubs, benches, gentle lighting and a personal oasis in your backyard. If your answer is “of course” or “yes” to any of the above questions, have you ever thought of using grow lights to achieve these goals?
If you live in a location where the growing season can be shortened due to the weather patterns during each individual season and natural climate change, a grow light can be useful for starting seeds and encouraging the settling of roots in seedlings.
While using itself on the same electricity source as that of your home or shed, etc. to power the light bulb, grow lights can create an increase in your monthly light bill but when installing properly, the cost shouldn’t exceed that of a half-grown plant purchased from your local nursery.
The difference between T5 and T8 grow lights is that a T5 grow light is a fluorescent light that is 5/8” of an inch in diameter with the “T” representing the shape of the lamp-tubular bulb. The number following the “T” represents the number of eighths of an inch that the lightbulb will be in diameter as previously mentioned.
Found at most hardware and specialty shops, as well as nurseries; most T5 Grow Lights can range in price from $10.00 to $200.00. The higher-end models seem to have more positive consumer reviews in terms of life expectancy and wattage; whereas the lower priced models are more wallet-friendly for gardening beginners.
The T5 light when used in rooms of 35°C, casts a warm temperature whether being used as the main source or supplementary source of lighting. With its ability to cast light in a smaller amount of space than its counterparts; it has a certain appeal to consumers who are limited to growing space indoors or even outdoors.
Smaller plants or delicate varieties could benefit from the use of a small fan to circulate air throughout the room while using any type of Grow Light but especially when using a T5 light due to the consistent exposure.
When today’s society has to contend with rising expenses in virtually every aspect of their lives, cost-reducing measures are a necessity and a reality. People are saving money wherever they can to offset the expenses they cannot reduce.
The T5 Grow Light has been proven through numerous tests and consumer reviews it has a higher efficiency rate when compared with a similar T8 Grow Light. The difference in the efficiency rates are approximately 9%, which might seem small at first but when adding this difference in your electricity bill over the course of a year? A fair amount of difference once you factor in the lack of money being spent in fresh produce.
A T8 grow light is a fluorescent light that is exactly one inch (1”) in diameter and approximately 40% smaller than the T5 grow light model. With a longer design than the T5 grow light, these bulbs are not interchangeable within growing systems.
Also found at most hardware retailers, along with specialty shops and nurseries, the T8 grow light comes in a variety of manufacturers and prices. One light that garnered good views through Amazon was the LightingWill LED Grow Light. While sporting a steeper price tag, it is a pack of four lightbulbs so the option to grow multiple things at one time is there.