You need no specialist lighting for growing chili peppers!

I still get questions if you have to have specialist lighting to hobbyodla
Chili Peppers and once again the answer is no no no!

2 St Philips TLD 840 provides good light to the cultivation of small chiliplantor. In my measurements at a distance of about 40 cm from the light source to give the tubes around 803 FC = 8600 Lux/lumen. This amount of light well enough to get nice seedlings.

During 2 St. 36W tube with reflector, I get the room with 24 plants in size as on the pictures.. As they get bigger so I can raise to 80 cm above the seedlings and then I have about 2000 Lux left to shed light on the plants and it is enough for them to continue to develop into the may come out in the greenhouse at the beginning of may.

Keep in mind that it is not only the brightness that is crucial but it's light colour composition that determines whether it will grow well. Philips TL5 HO 865 and T8 Philips TL-D Super 80 840 are the tubes I used and I can recommend.

Philips TL5 HO 54W 865 about price 40:-/60:- St.
Philips TLD 36W 840 about price 30:-/40:- St.

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12 Responses to You need no specialist lighting for growing chili peppers!

  1. Brittany P says:

    Thank! just the info I needed:)

  2. Robert Witty says:

    Hey stig!

    The fittings, use of the TLD 36W 840 The tubes?
    Looking for an inexpensive fixture that is easy to mount hanging.

    • Stig Häggkvist says:

      Hi Robert!
      I use industrial fittings with large reflectors and they are expensive from 500:- and up. It goes well with ordinary fluorescent light fittings that you screw fixed 2 loops in so you can hang them up.

  3. Örjan says:

    I have a tip on how to cheaply can arrange some extra light to their plants.
    Buy a ViTri räddningsfilt and clips to the correct width and add over fluorescent light fixture. As the lighting rig is raised unfolds just out more foil. The foil is silver on one side and silver on the other and is 150 x 210 cm.
    I bought mine at for 23:- (free shipping).
    Through this simple action increased Lux from 899 till 1492 in my hydro cultivation.
    +593 Lux added to the plants. 🙂 I have cheap T5 lamps ramps without reflectors from biltema.

    One advantage of this film is that it is clear from the gold page so you can see the plants based on when the light is lit.

    Here is a link to a picture that explains how I mean.

    • Stig Häggkvist says:

      Hi Örjan!

      Thanks for the tip. I have as many lights as I need not adopt this method, but many others will benefit from your tips.

    • Annelie says:

      Thanks for the tip, newbie here and use your tip… Kanoners

  4. Raven says:

    Also runs with usual Biltema lamps and luminaires which have resulted in a dramatic improvement of my part in all its simplicity. I also lack the reflector so the tip with räddningsfilten was very interesting – as I have said,. 🙂 It is not necessary for my seeds will germinate and get a good start in life, but as “Spring” last year it was not possible to move out the earliest sowing to the balcony in april as usual. Instead we were forced to basically set up the tube halfway into the roof to provide light to the more fast-growing plants on the window sill, as a part of the plants was of course suffering from light deficiency regardless of how it is made. My cucumbers and watermelons in particular tried to the choke the poor fluorescent tube in its attempts to wriggle around in search of light.

    Those of you who are professionals with the light meter and stuff… It works great to grow with only artificial light from fluorescent lighting on 4000 (K) (as I'm driving today), or is there a need to even colder light? Fluorescent tubes above is well on 6500 K, I have for me?

    • Stig Häggkvist says:

      Hi! It works well to drive up chili over 4000 k lights so it is not needed because you won't notice any major 6500 k difference.

      • Raven says:

        Oki – It sounds good! Thought it worked really well… We get a fairly normal season this year – that is, such trivialities as a spring, and a summer – so hope I get lot's of mainly Sigaretta di Bergamo, But even Santa Fe Grande and Habaneros already in August out at the colony.

  5. Maria says:

    Is it possible to have fruit on the plants indoors all year round? Do you have different color code on fluorescent tubes?

    I bought industrial fixture at auto parts store. It should be 2 * 28W. do you have tips on good fluorescent lighting to the?

  6. Solar flower says:

    Can you grow Asian grönsakar in the winter, from seed with only lighting? Can we grow radishes/root vegetables also, If you want to?
    Solar flower

    • Stig Häggkvist says:

      Hi. Yes, it can be shown that. If you have enough light and the right temp and fruity so there is no problem.

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