From all T5 grow light options you can either choose to buy individual bulbs or ready-made light fixtures that have so much more advantages than the bulbs alone have.
With a T5 light fixture we understand 1 up to 8 bulbs put together under one steel housing. And they usually come with all necessities – switches, chords, ballasts, mounting systems and even reflectors. And that is the greatest thing about them – you get everything ready to use without having to worry about if all these parts will fit together and will work with the best possible efficiency.
The reflectors that come with the T5 fluorescent light fixtures always have the best quality and they are designed to reflect as much light as possible because these reflectors are one of the crucial parts of any grow operation. Reflectors reflect back a huge amount of light to the plants and that means that with them plants can get up to 3 times more light to use and to grow stronger and bigger.
These light fixtures from all manufacturers are available in a few different sizes and and bulb configurations.
The most popular sizes are the 2 feet and 4 feet ones.
As for the bulb count – the most popular are 2 , 4, 6 and 8 bulb light fixtures.
You can chose how big or small of a fixture you need depending on how big or small your garden is. The 22 (2 feet 2 bulb), 24 (2 feet 4 bulb) , 42 (4 feet 2 bulb) and 44 (4 feet 4 bulb) light fixtures are best for small to medium gardens depending on their shape and the length of your plants. Then the 26 (2 feet 6 bulb) , 28 (2 feet 8 bulb) 46 (4 feet 6 bulb) fixtures suited for medium to large gardens and the 48 (4 feet 8 bulb) one is usually used for big grow operations.
Great advantage of T5 light fixtures as oppose to individual bulbs is that pre-made fixtures have several mounting options so that you can choose which best suits your garden.
You can hang These t5 grow lights overhead as a regular lamp or mount them to your walls horizontally or vertically providing side lighting to taller or wider plants.
There are quite a lot of companies that manufacture the T5 fluorescent lighting and not all of them offer the same features. For example some producers make louvers on top and sides of the lamp housing to provide better ventilation to the bulbs inside and to avoid overheating. Then some companies offer better mounting hooks or wires or dual switch systems for eight bulb lamps to make sure that their customers can switch on or off just four of all eight bulbs for better and custom use. And almost all producers offer either daisy-chain or simply link systems for growers to be able to easily link several of their fixtures together and that way expand their garden or just simply have more options.
You can find more information on t5 lights at the www.t5growlightguide.com and there are also very extensive product reviews and a lot more!