Assuming these are fluorescent lights that don't give off a lot of heat, then preferably you would want the lights much closer, just a couple inches above the plants, hung so they can be raised when the plants grow.
An inch doesn't sound real "leggy" so far, but it is hard to know without knowing what the plants are. Some plants naturally get taller before they send out leaves than others. What you are looking for is "stocky" stalks, that is not thin, spindly, tending to curve or lean.
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