I found a reasonably priced 4' four light T8 fluorescent (<$50) at home
depot that I'd like to use for the planting/growing/flowering process
and would like to hear from others who have tried this inexpensive
method.I'd also like to compare the growing period using this system
against MH or HPS,I'm trying to save money as you can tell so I can
spend more on other garden issues. :)
Even cheaper are the white enamel 6 bulb bath fixtures like you would
put above a vanity. Fill them with 6 compact flourescents which around
here have been on sale for 1$ ea.
Flourescents are in no way equivalent to hps or mh bulbs unless you
have a truckload of them.
Interesting,I'll check the 6 bulb fixtures out..hopefully they are the
cool white or warm white variety but I don't think they put out the
luminance of the T8 tubes,we'll check. I also realize the fluorescents
won't be near as strong of light source..that's a given,my interest is
will I get almost equal results with the flories over a longer period?
BTW,I just located a company that manufactoers T8(32watt) and T5
(53watt) 4,6,8,10 tube 4' Floresanct fixtures, 10 tubes in a 4
footer,impressive ..no prices yet.
They probably don't, but I think fluorescent lighting all have comparable
lumens per wattage output. For example, it looks like 2 T-8s using 2x54
watts puts out the same magnitude of lumens as 9 CFLs @ 9x12 watts or 4
CFLs at 4x27. Exact lumen comparisons are an exercise left to the
Aside from the vanity lighting, you might want to check the track
lighting section for fixtures that take standard medium base bulbs. With
track lighting you can direct the light towards the plant(s) and so focus
most of your lumen output over the desired area, esp. if you splurge and
get PAR bulbs.
Some older CFLs (or maybe they were high wattage) have a warning about
not using more than N bulbs on a 20 amp circuit. I think N was around 15
bulbs. Not sure what that means for people on standard 15A residential
circuits. Haven't seen the same warning on newer bulbs.
Flourescents are great for some species and insuffucient for others- any
clues as to what you are growing here? Low light house plants will be very
happy, but very high light plants (needing full sun for instance) may
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