Indoor Lighting: How much is enough?

Indoor Lighting: How much is enough?

 
Indoor Lighting: How much is enough?

  I've been wanting to do more intense growing, and get away from plants that only need indirect lighting. If I want to get a set up that I can grow plants, I'll need to know a few things.

  Space that I am going to garden

  Lighting of the space

  How to control the humidity.


  Space that I am going to garden 
  First of all, I live in an apartment. I have a step son and wife as well. So I can not use an entire room. Currently I have a table in front of my sliding glass door. This table holds my plants. The table is a little full, but with some organization I can clear some space.
 Second, I have a 15 gallon fish tank that I have been holding onto. I can clear enough space off the table to hold the tank. So I will use the tank to hold my plants, and it will make sense later why I am using a fish tank.

Lighting of the space.
  How much lighting would I need to light up this tank? That all depends on the type of plants I will be growing.

 High Light Plants: around 40 watts of light per square foot.
 Low Light Plants: around 25 to 30 watts of light per square foot.

 Great! So how much square feet do I have?
 
  Width x Depth = Square feet

 I have 2 x 1 = 2 square feet of growing space.
For high level plants I will need 80 watts total, and 50-60 watts for low light plants. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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