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Lighting for Ron's 11 plant hydroponics garden


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Old 01-26-2009, 12:00 PM
Rob Rob is offline
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Default Lighting for Ron's 11 plant hydroponics garden

I have just completed Ron's 11 plant garden. I am getting ready to transplant the seedlings into the system today.

My biggest concern is my lighting. I have cool white fluorescent with 2 150
watt incandescent grow lights shining down. Unfortunately, sunlight is a little hard to come by around here this time of year. Any ideas on some cheap lighting?

The metal halides and sodium's are out of my budget range.
In the old MSN Forum there was a woman named Kathy who said she had some success with cheap grow lights - any
thoughts?

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Old 01-26-2009, 12:01 PM
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Rob - there are several applications for fluorescent plant lighting and some very good plant spectrum tubes that work well.
Some uses include seedling/root propagation and growing "low energy" requirement plants. These include some herbs, salad
greens, etc. Fluorescent lights cannot be used for high energy plants; ie: Any blossoming, fruit producing plant. Incandescent
"spot-grow" bulbs put out more energy (lumens) but cost more to operate.
When considering "cheap lights" consider this: A standard 100 Watt incandescent spot grow light puts out about 1260 lumens;
a 100 Watt High Intensity Discharge (H.I.D) light puts out about 9000 lumens. With H.I.D. lights you are getting 8 times the
output than standard incandescent lights using the same power!
Also, H.I.D. lights put out better color for plant growth than any of the other choices at better light penetration. So, in my
opinion, even with the initial cost (and there are good deals out there!) H.I.D. lighting is really the best choice for indoor plant
growth.

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