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Re: DIY Heat Mat Speeds Seed Starting

Good idea, Greg. I had the same question as jwr12. You could comnpare the label on the commercial heat mat (watts) to the label on the light rope to compare the energy consumption when either one is "ON". But I think some of the heat mats have a thermostat that turn them off at some temperature and back on at some lower temp, so the labeled wattage is used for only a part of the time it is actually plugged in while the lights would use the labeled wattage for all of the time they are plugged in. I also wondered if the lights would attract bugs; have you noticed any bug problem? At first, I thought there might be a safety issue, but if the light rope is rated for outdoor use, it should be OK around the plants/seed trays.