In the good ol’ days…
I’ve grown African Violets under what I call, “regular” grow lights – fluorescent tubes, for years. In the late 70s, lighted in-door gardens were the “thing” and people would modify unused closets into beautiful lighted gardens. Those with deeper pockets added solariums or atriums that, during the day, didn’t need added lights, but at night they became glorious pictures of thriving house plants and beautiful blooms.
Over the years, with wars and recessions and numerous other distractions, it seems the luxury of spending on electricity – which grew more expensive – declined, though the costs and availability of grow lights, plus the diversity of lighting types grew. Many of us plunged on because living in a house, apartment, whatever, was too drab and empty without a corner of brightness filled with blooming plants.
Those of us growing African Violets and other gesneriads, know all too well that NEED to have that bright little spot to look at, to putter over and fill our dark winter months particularly, with flowering house plants. There ARE worse fetishes!