Germinating seeds require no light. Just warmth and moisture. I germinated by using those starter trays, soaking the soil with very warm water, let it drain, then plant seeds a 1/4 inch down, cover loosely with soil. Then cover the tray with plastic wrap, poking a few holes with a toothpick in the wrap and place in a dark warm place, checking every couple of days, making sure the soil stay damp. Once they start to come up, then place them under the lightning, adjusting the height of the light as they grow. Transplant when ready.