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Jump Start 2' T5 Grow Light System (Stand, Fixture & Tube)
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- Easily adjustable light height for growing plants
- Great for African violets, other houseplants and for getting an early start with garden vegetables
- Sturdy, durable and energy efficient
- T5 high output grow light fixture and bulb. 6' grounded cord with on/off switch
- Super easy assembly
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Hydrofarm - Tools for growing
Hydrofarm is the nation’s oldest wholesaler and leading manufacturer of hydroponics equipment and high-intensity grow lights.
Our products incorporate only premium quality components, and our professional-grade hydroponics and UL-listed lighting fixtures give you years of dependable service.
Jump Start JSV T5 Grow Light System from Hydrofarm
The Jump Start maximizes your germination success and is great for seedlings, cuttings, veggies, flowers, herbs, greens, and more. Features a high output T5 full daylight spectrum bulb for faster growth. The cool running design lets you position the light closer for healthier, hardier plants.
- Grow seedlings faster – 15–20% more lumens than shop lights
- Maximize plant growth – Simple toggle clamp for easy lamp height adjustment keeps light close to plants
- Save time & money – Highly efficient T5 bulb (with more lumens per watt) and super reflective internal finish mean more light for your plants and less stress on your budget
- The environmental choice – Longer life, smaller bulb means less waste and a smaller environmental footprint
- Easy to use – Assembles in minutes
- Compatible with Hydrofarm’s FLT, FLV, and FLP tubes
Easy to assemble – no tools required
Assembles in minutes. Just slide pieces together to assemble.
Easy to adjust fixture height
Just pull the cord up or down and slide the locking mechanism to adjust. Simple toggle clamp for easy lamp height adjustment keeps light close to plants.
Grow seedlings faster with 15-20% more lumens
Highly efficient T5 bulb and super reflective internal finish.
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(2) HYDROFARM JSV2 24" Jump Start T5 Grow Light Systems | Stand, Fixture & Tube
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The 2 ft wide Jump Start T5 Grow Light System is ideal for seedlings, cuttings, flowers and house plants. The super efficient T5 lights help you grow faster by providing 15-20% more lumens than traditional grow lights. It features a simple toggle clamp for easy lamp height adjustment, and the fixture has an internal reflective finish that directs more light to plants. Ideal for African Violets, orchids, flowering bulbs, vegetables, seedlings and cuttings. Super easy assembly.
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The reason I bought it is that I just can't grow anything outside and would very much like to grow my own lettuces and houseplants indoors hydroponically. Eventually I'd like to grow tomatoes and peppers, too, but I think you have to buy a super-expensive light for those. I'm just looking to start this operation now, so I thought I'd try one of the cheaper lights first. I'll update this review in a couple months to let you know if it worked with this light fixture, and add pics if it did.
FIRST UPDATE (Oct 25 2013): I planted lots of lettuces and a few other things hydroponically in 3 5-gallon $4 storage bins from Wallymart, into which I drilled holes in the tops, put in net pots of various sizes, and rockwool cubes. I added a bit of fertilizer to the water - don't know if I was supposed to do that. The lettuces came up in less than 48 hours. They looked a little puny for 2-3 weeks, then took off. I was able to pluck leaves for sandwiches by 4 weeks, and have had decent salads since then, although not every day - maybe every 3-4 days. I also have a pretty energetic-looking cherry tomato plant (Sweet 100 seed). I'm hoping it will produce but we'll see. It's about 6 inches tall. Raising the light is so simple, and you can put one side higher than the other.
Cucumber seed and mint and parsley plants growing very, very slowly, and cilantro hasn't done well at all. Green onions are kind of just sitting there, thinking about growing, but maybe not... It will be a learning process, no doubt.
I might buy another one, but I'm going to just use this one for awhile to make sure it lasts. I have it running about 16 hours per day. I think the next time, I'll buy one of the 4 light bulb fixtures as this one only has one bulb. But that one bulb is supporting 11 plants growing in water!
SECOND UPDATE (Nov. 5 2013) I'm posting pics today. My pics show the side with the tomato under it much higher than the lettuce/parsley/onion side. The tomato fell over today but is otherwise healthy-looking (no tomatoes yet) so I have to figure out some way to prop it up. I think maybe just one of those metal cages with foil on it might work. I'll try it and post further pics. I am enjoying this grow light (and my fresh salads) so much!! I'm ready to move on to bigger and better lights, but wow are they expensive. With this affordable one, you can grow lettuces and herbs with no effort whatsoever, and hopefully more - we'll see! I'll post further pics when the tomato and cucumber do whatever they're going to do.
THIRD UPDATE (Dec. 24 2013) So, Amazon has removed all my pics! Too bad as this fabulous light fixture is now producing lovely little tomatoes from an enormous plant! I'm definitely buying more! BUT, I also note the product pic has changed so I don't know if I can still make one side higher than the other - that was a nice feature. The only thing I tried that didn't grow was cukes.
It also comes with a 24 watt T5 6400k High output fluorescent bulb which is already installed upon arrival. The 6400k bulb is a very efficient low heat bulb which is designed to promote overall growth in the plant. Because it is a low heat emitting bulb you can place the light source a couple inches from the plants to prevent the loss of light.
This is not a complex system, it is simple and efficient. For the price it would be hard to find a package which comes with a stand, a reflective fixture, a good bulb, easy adjustment, and easy assembly. It is a good first step into the grow light world which is vast and and many times confusing. I also found that it isn't really that flimsy. The product isn't industrial grade but the light fixture is sturdy and so is the stand if you put it together correctly.
I will be growing venus fly traps when they arrive and I have researched grow light systems quite a bit. This system will only cost me $1.50 cents to run per month. The calculation can be done by taking the 24 Watts and dividing it by 1000 to get KW. Then multiply that number by how much the electric company charges per Kilowatt hour. That is the price it will cost to power the light for one hour. Then multiply that number for one hour by however many hours you will run it during the day. Then just multiply the cost of one day by 30 days and you have how much it will cost you to run the system for a month.
For example here is mine 24W/1000 = .024
.024 x .1484 (cost per kWh) = .0035616 cents per hour (less than 1 cent an hour). .0035616 x 14 hours = .0498624 dollars per day (about 5 cents). .0498624 x 30 = 1.50 per month. So my light run for 14 hours will cost one dollar and fifty cents per month. This is assuming that the light runs at 24 Watts per hour.
When I was shopping for grow lights online I found a very helpful website that includes a much better description on the Jump Start grow light and has a lot of technical and very helpful information on plant lighting. littlegreenhouse.com/accessory/lights2.shtml#jsfixture.
The website has a grow lighting guide and also contains the calculation above. It was by far the most helpful website when considering this purchase. It includes a good bit of information about the T5 6400k bulb and the Jump Start from HydroFarm.
Once you get the base on the legs, it's hard to take them off. For that reason, we wouldn't be able to store it. We just leave it out year-round.
We also leave the light at the same height, but it's easy enough to move it up and down.
We put the light on a timer so that it's not on all day. We also used heating mats underneath the plants so that we didn't have to rely on the light to produce enough heat for the seedlings. I doubt it would.
I'd highly recommend this system for the casual gardener looking to make some starter plants.