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T5 Grow Lights: Top 5 Picks For 2021

Last updated 3/1 2021

 

Supercharge your indoor gardening by using T5 grow lights if you' They will begin to perk up when you increase the amount of light you are applying to them.

However, it is not sufficient enough to just cover a few plants with light bulbs. The odds are that you already have lighting is greater than 50/50, so indoor grow lights that are designed for your plants should be purchased.

We'll give you everything you need to know about T5 lighting here. Let's use a short overview table to show you all you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEST OVERALL

  • T5 4Ft 12 Tube Fixture w/Bulbs FLT412

  • 46.2"L x 34.9"W x 2.8"H

  • 86% reflective specular

  • Rated up to 60,000 lumens

  • Includes 12 54W HO T5 tubes (6400K)

  • Multiple on/off switches on 6, 8, and 12 tube fixtures allow you to control the amount of light output/coverage as needed

  • High efficiency specular aluminum for maximum reflectivity

  • Powder coated steel housing

  • Hangs 3 waysoverhead, vertical, or horizontal

  • 10 grounded 120 volt power cord

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUDGET CHOICE

  • T5 4Ft 8 Tube Fixture w/o Bulbs 120-277V FLT48277

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEST HIGH-END

  • T5 4Ft 12 Tube Fixture w/Bulbs FLT412

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOOD ALTERNATIVE

  • T5 4Ft 6 Tube Fixture w/Bulbs FLT46

  • 86% reflective specular

  • Dual On/Off switches allow you to control the amount of lumens as needed (6 and 8 tube models only)

  • Daisy chainable - run up to 2 fixtures from a single outlet

  • Powder coated steel housing

  • Low profile

  • Hangs 3 waysoverhead, vertical, or horizontal

  • 10 grounded power cord

  • Includes fluorescent 6400K tubes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEST FOR BIG GROWS

  • Quantum T5 4 16 Bulb Fixture 864w QT5016

Assembly Requiredsee instructions

Wider reflector angles
28% more lumens at plant level
60% on average lower shipping cost
30% more efficient than comparable models
Increases the efficiency of any T5/HO 54W lamps
High quality German glass coated aluminum reflectors
Patented folding design for easy storage and transportation
Designed for Quantum T5 lamps, but will light any manufacturers lamps
120/240V Smart-volt out of the box (120V cord included, 240V-BACD6 cord optional)
Lamps not included

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 5 Best T5 Grow Lights

The T5 grow light that I recommend the most (and own myself) is the Agrobrite fixture from Hydrofarm.​ But there’s a wide variety to choose from!

 

1.Quantum T5 4 16 Bulb Fixture 864w QT5016

 

 

BEST FOR BIG GROWS

  • Quantum T5 4 16 Bulb Fixture 864w QT5016

Assembly Requiredsee instructions

Wider reflector angles
28% more lumens at plant level
60% on average lower shipping cost
30% more efficient than comparable models
Increases the efficiency of any T5/HO 54W lamps
High-quality German glass coated aluminum reflectors
Patented folding design for easy storage and transportation
Designed for Quantum T5 lamps, but will light any manufacturers lamps
120/240V Smart-volt out of the box (120V cord included, 240V-BACD6 cord optional)
Lamps not included

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. T5 4Ft 8 Tube Fixture w/o Bulbs 120-277V FLT48277

Product Description

Agrobrite T5 4 8-Tube Fixture 277V Fixture Only

These systems allow you to choose multiple hanging configurations to meet your gardens design. They combine premium grade specular aluminum with energy-efficient/high-output T5 tubes and put out double the light energy of normal fluorescent systems.

Recommended plugs: BAFLTEXT2, CHW883021W
 
Features

  • 46.2"L x 23.9"W x 2.8"H

  • 95% reflective specular

  • Powder coated steel housing

  • German made Wieland IP-rated input power connection (cord sold separately)

  • Low profile

  • Hangs 3 waysoverhead, vertical, or horizontal

  • Choose your own lamp (sold separately)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. T5 4Ft 12 Tube Fixture w/Bulbs FLT412

 

Product Description

Hydro farms T5 EnviroGro system delivers performance, flexibility, and high lumen output in any growing environment. These low-profile systems allow you to choose multiple hanging configurations to meet the design of your garden. They combine a specular aluminum interior with energy-efficient/high-output T5 tubes and put out double the light energy of normal fluorescent systems.

Features

  • 46.2"L x 34.9"W x 2.8"H

  • 86% reflective specular

  • Rated up to 60,000 lumens

  • Includes 12 54W HO T5 tubes (6400K)

  • Multiple on/off switches on 6, 8, and 12 tube fixtures allow you to control the amount of light output/coverage as needed

  • High-efficiency specular aluminum for maximum reflectivity

  • Powder-coated steel housing

  • Hangs 3 ways overhead, vertical, or horizontal

  • 10 grounded 120-volt power cord

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.T5 Designer 4Ft 8 Tube Fixture w/Bulbs FLP48

Regular Price:

$295.20

Special Price:

$284.72

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HYDRO PLANET T5 Grow Lights 4-Ft 4-Lamp Fluorescent HO Bulbs Included for Indoor Horticulture

  • Join thousands of satisfied customers for HYDRO...

  • PACKAGE INCLUDES - 1x T5 4-Ft 4-Lamp Fixture, 4x...

  • EASY-TO-USE - Plug and play ballasts saves time...

 

 

This is one of the most adaptable of the T5 fixtures and for a good cause. These lamps support voltage settings: 3, 4, 6, 9, 12, and 24 V. As needed, you can run two ballasts in the fixture, which will control 2 or 4 of the lights. It has the highest light quality for cloning, propagation, and vegetation. Use (the color temperature of) 4000 Kelvin lights instead of the stock 3000 Kelvin ones for plant/soil growth.

If you're planning on setting up a big growth area, these should be daisy-chained. The price may seem excessive, but for the degree of adaptability you get, it is more than worth it.

 

5. Prism Lighting Science 4′, 8-Bulb T5 Grow Light Fixture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Are T5 Grow Lights?

How is T5 lighting done? They have become the industry standard for growing seedlings and greens due to their specially formulated fluorescent T5 tubes. You'll find this to be among the most powerful fluorescent bulbs. Fluorescent T8 and T12s have fallen out of favor because of the efficiency growth in T5. Incidentally, you can't even make T12 bulbs anymore in the US — they're that bad for the setting!

Compared to other types of lighting, T5 bulbs have a few distinct advantages.​

 

 

3Huge Benefits of T5 Grow Lights

 

 

They’re Efficient

Compared to other forms of indoor lighting, fluorescent lighting, high-pressure sodium or metal halide lighting is very efficient. When efficiency is essential, it means everything. If you'd rather save money on your energy bill, you can get a better return on each dollar you spend in running lights.

T8 and T12 are the most common fluorescent tube form currently available. For instance, T5 is extremely productive. formal: At about 100 lm/W, the light intensity is exceptionally high for this type of illumination. Garden lighting over 100 lumen per watt has some advantages over other lighting styles, but disadvantages, as well.

With fluorescent lighting, you can reduce lighting energy consumption by half. Consider these savings over the course of a year, and it will become obvious how large a difference it makes.

 

They Last

Almost all fluorescent grow lights will last for 20,000+ hours. More importantly, you’ll have good bulb performance throughout those 20,000 hours, without much degradation as your bulbs reach the end of their lives. The superior lifespan of T5 bulbs is yet another factor that brings the true cost of using these lights down.

 

There isn't much heat present

With real proximity, you can get away with not getting close to the subject.

controlling the climate indoors is key Controlling the room temperature is one of the biggest concerns in grow operations. Regardless of the lighting system you employ, heat will be generated from them. Lights that generate a lot of heat require dedicated cooling, venting, and fans to be used to handle it. When you're on the rise, these lights can be awesome.

In comparison, T5 lights are very low-wattage. It means you can put them close to your plants without burning them. Using higher power plant lights, like HPS or MH, should be at least a foot away from your plants.

In addition, you' you'll avoid the cost of additional ducting or ventilation when you first begin growing your plants indoors.

 

Classes of T5 Lights

 

While we've been discussing T5 fluorescent lights, another alternative is available: T5 LEDs. We will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each type of T5 bulb. ​

 

Fluorescent

We have already addressed T5 fluorescents. They are, by far, the most widely used T5 lighting type in indoor gardening. Many gardeners have given up on HPS and MH lighting to use the T5 benefits mentioned above.

 

On top of that, because you're just starting to expand, purchasing T5 grow lights is a great choice because they will also help you keep your startup costs down. It doesn't mean buying the cheapest T5 lights but instead purchasing the best that your budget would allow, understanding that it's cheaper than most lighting choices.

 

LED

The light based stage in cannabis cultivation has proved troublesome for some growers, resulting in them preferring to use T5 lights This is all up to you. You can buy LED tubes to match the size of your T5 fixtures, and they can be used to make your entire lighting fixture into an LED device.

There are similar advantages in general to those offered by other types of lighting:

 

​​Extremely low energy

Extremely low heat

Extremely long lifespan

LEDs, of course, come with drawbacks. Conversely, if you prefer T5 LED bulbs instead of fluorescent, you'll be subjected to the same problems. While you're working on your concept, make sure that the model's circuitry supports LEDs. ​​

 

 

Difference Between T5, T8, and T12 Lights

Decades ago, you had to pick between T5, T8, or T12 bulbs for your garden. and even though things may seem to have stagnated, change has continued. in 2012, the DOE discontinued the production of T12 fixtures because they are significantly less effective than their alternative technologies Although there are no new ones available, older T12 fixtures can still be found in the used markets...why would you want to search for them? It's not nice. To put it another way, with regard to fluorescent lighting, T8 lighting is not only less effective, but there really isn't much else to choose from but a T5 fixture.

 

 

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T5 Lights Compare to Other Types of Lighting?

 

 

T5 vs. HPS

High-pressure sodium (HPS) lighting is commonly preferred indoors. They are capable of getting almost any plant from seedling to fruit growth.

On an efficiency basis, the HPS lamp will be almost the same, but just 40 lumens per watt more efficient than a T5 lamp. However, an improvement in productivity comes with an increase in heat production. HPS lighting needs to be put away from the canopy of your garden. You may also need to vent the heat out with inline fans and ducting if they run especially hot.

Another thing to note is that HPS lights use more vertical space. If your growing area is limited, however, HPS lighting can still provide sufficient lighting for small plants.

Lamps of similar to high-pressure sodium lamps use more fuel, but you can run your lighting system in a smaller area because of T5 lamps. T5s would also save you money in the long term even though they are more costly upfront. Bulbs that are classified at T5 (ultra-long life) last longer and degrade slower ​

 

 

 

 

T5 vs. HID

Additionally, high-intensity discharge (HID) lights should be investigated. Formally, lights belong to this group, but let's take a look at the HID, in general, to better understand the distinctions.

HID lamps are relatively costly. They need a lot of parts to assemble your light fixture. In order to run HID lights, you need a ball-

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Quantum T5 4 16 Bulb Fixture 864w QT5016
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