Last year I only had one 4' fluorescent light. It really isn't enough for me. I had to squish the seedlings. I had to ferry some from window to window throughout the day. I had to put some outside before the best time for it. I decided this year I really needed one or two more lights. So I got one more to see if it is enough. I was hoping to buy the same kind as last time. My old one is a T8 shoplight that has a nice 8" wide reflector, 10" would have been better, but 8" was good.
I couldn't find one. I found one that was gray. That wouldn't reflect much light. I found one without a reflector at all. And they had one that had a 12" reflector. That seemed a bit big but was better than too small. Sadly it as also more costly. I got it anyway. I'm going to have to add it to the tally next Monday.
I hung the light from one of the shelves I stole from my garage. I moved it into the laundry room with the other seedlings. The laundry room seems like a good spot for it. The space is pretty big and get lots of light from all the windows.
While I was in a shopping mood, I also got another timer. This way I can grow my onions that can't see long days (my onions are long day onions and will start to bulb if they see daylight of a certain length - usually 14-16 hours) and I can grow my other crops that will benefit from long days of light - like my tomatoes. I'll probably have to put some cardboard over it so that it will not see the light from the other side of the laundry room.