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What's the best type of non-electric, artificial light for a vegetable garden?

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Answer #1 | 18/12 2013 21:00
I would not use any of these, would be expensive and they provide heat as well as light. Try growing some vegetables with no artificial light, you do not necessarily need direct sunlight. The warmth should still be there to a certain extent too. I have grown vegetables, green beans, cabbage and root veg etc in a spot that does not get too much sun and they were fine.
Answer #2 | 19/12 2013 01:26
I have never heard of artificial light that you can grow plants under and that is not electric. You may certainly produce light with paraffin(lamps or candles) and with gas, but nowhere near enough or the right kind to grow plants by. Move the garden, remove the trees, and/or build a greenhouse small enough to use electric light in. I cannot see stringing a large number of electric grow lamps over an outdoor garden as being a practical solution, though I suppose it could be done
Answer #3 | 23/12 2013 06:51
I still believe electric lights will be best suited for your need. However, paraffin and propane or butane might actually cost you more in the long run. What I have in mind is to have solar panels install on your roof then properly wire it to supply electricity to electric lights in your vegetable garden. Aside from using it to light your vegetable garden, you might also be able to use the solar electric system to power some of your appliances at home. You can have a solar panel installer to survey your home and give you advise on what setup will be ideal for your need. This way, you can make an informed decision and weigh the savings against the initial cost you need to setup solar PVs.

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